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Gallery: Li Na's Best Moments

From her early rise on the tour all the way up to her latest conquest in Australia, have a look back at 20 of Li Na's best moments as the World No.2 celebrates her birthday. Come into the gallery!

Published February 26, 2014 12:10

Li Na really started rising up on the tour in 2004 and 2005, now a regular at the Grand Slams...
Li Na really started rising up on the tour in 2004 and 2005, now a regular at the Grand Slams...
Her first WTA title came at Guangzhou in 2004, her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon in 2006.
Her first WTA title came at Guangzhou in 2004, her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon in 2006.
And then her second WTA title at Gold Coast in 2008, after a more-than-six month injury lay-off.
And then her second WTA title at Gold Coast in 2008, after a more-than-six month injury lay-off.
Li scored her first win over a World No.1 at Stuttgart in 2008 - over none other than Serena Williams.
Li scored her first win over a World No.1 at Stuttgart in 2008 - over none other than Serena Williams.
She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in 2010...
She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in 2010...
Won her third WTA title at Birmingham later that year, beating Maria Sharapova in the final...
Won her third WTA title at Birmingham later that year, beating Maria Sharapova in the final...
... and her fourth WTA title at Sydney in 2011, beating another WTA legend in that final.
... and her fourth WTA title at Sydney in 2011, beating another WTA legend in that final.
And then an historic breakthrough at the Australian Open in 2011 - Asia's first Grand Slam finalist.
And then an historic breakthrough at the Australian Open in 2011 - Asia's first Grand Slam finalist.
She would finish runner-up to Kim Clijsters in that final, but there was much more to come.
She would finish runner-up to Kim Clijsters in that final, but there was much more to come.
Just a few months later actually - she battled past Francesca Schiavone in the French Open final.
Just a few months later actually - she battled past Francesca Schiavone in the French Open final.
Li was now Asia's first Grand Slam champion - the 2011 French Open champion.
Li was now Asia's first Grand Slam champion - the 2011 French Open champion.
She qualified for her first WTA Championships in 2011 - here's the iconic image of the field.
She qualified for her first WTA Championships in 2011 - here's the iconic image of the field.
Li won her sixth WTA title at Cincinnati in 2012, fighting back to beat Angelique Kerber in the final.
Li won her sixth WTA title at Cincinnati in 2012, fighting back to beat Angelique Kerber in the final.
Another appearance at the WTA Championships followed in 2012 - the iconic shot of the elite eight.
Another appearance at the WTA Championships followed in 2012 - the iconic shot of the elite eight.
But 2013 was another step up, starting with her seventh WTA title at Shenzhen to start the year.
But 2013 was another step up, starting with her seventh WTA title at Shenzhen to start the year.
And wins over Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova took her to the Aussie Open final again.
And wins over Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova took her to the Aussie Open final again.
And then a third straight appearance at the WTA Championships - and this would be the best one yet.
And then a third straight appearance at the WTA Championships - and this would be the best one yet.
Li made it all the way to the final, meaning she would rise to No.3 - the highest-ranked Asian ever.
Li made it all the way to the final, meaning she would rise to No.3 - the highest-ranked Asian ever.
She started 2014 with her eighth WTA title in Shenzhen - and her first successful title defense.
She started 2014 with her eighth WTA title in Shenzhen - and her first successful title defense.
And then her second major at the 2014 Australian Open, and eventually No.2... what's next?
And then her second major at the 2014 Australian Open, and eventually No.2... what's next?
  • Li Na really started rising up on the tour in 2004 and 2005, now a regular at the Grand Slams...
  • Her first WTA title came at Guangzhou in 2004, her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon in 2006.
  • And then her second WTA title at Gold Coast in 2008, after a more-than-six month injury lay-off.
  • Li scored her first win over a World No.1 at Stuttgart in 2008 - over none other than Serena Williams.
  • She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in 2010...
  • Won her third WTA title at Birmingham later that year, beating Maria Sharapova in the final...
  • ... and her fourth WTA title at Sydney in 2011, beating another WTA legend in that final.
  • And then an historic breakthrough at the Australian Open in 2011 - Asia's first Grand Slam finalist.
  • She would finish runner-up to Kim Clijsters in that final, but there was much more to come.
  • Just a few months later actually - she battled past Francesca Schiavone in the French Open final.
  • Li was now Asia's first Grand Slam champion - the 2011 French Open champion.
  • She qualified for her first WTA Championships in 2011 - here's the iconic image of the field.
  • Li won her sixth WTA title at Cincinnati in 2012, fighting back to beat Angelique Kerber in the final.
  • Another appearance at the WTA Championships followed in 2012 - the iconic shot of the elite eight.
  • But 2013 was another step up, starting with her seventh WTA title at Shenzhen to start the year.
  • And wins over Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova took her to the Aussie Open final again.
  • And then a third straight appearance at the WTA Championships - and this would be the best one yet.
  • Li made it all the way to the final, meaning she would rise to No.3 - the highest-ranked Asian ever.
  • She started 2014 with her eighth WTA title in Shenzhen - and her first successful title defense.
  • And then her second major at the 2014 Australian Open, and eventually No.2... what's next?
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