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Breaking The Barrier

Chinese trailblazers Li Na and Peng Shuai launched a tennis craze in China, growing the sport to new heights.

Published April 23, 2014 12:11

Breaking The Barrier
Li Na

In the first week of the 2014 season at the second annual Shenzhen Open, Li Na successfully defended her title by defeating countrywoman Peng Shuai in the second singles final in WTA history featuring two Chinese players.

Li carried the momentum from that win into Melbourne, where she collected her second career Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, eventually climbing to the World No.2 ranking.

In the same week that Li climbed to No.2, Peng ascended atop the WTA Doubles Rankings, becoming the first Chinese player to hold the doubles World No.1 ranking.

In its annual Money Issue, this week's ESPN the Magazine takes a look at how Li and Peng have helped launch a "tennis craze" in China.

Read the entire interview right here!

Topics: shuai peng, na li
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