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Began playing tennis at age 7 ... father is Li Rai Tang and mother is Zhang Tang Ling ... favorite color is red ... enjoys visiting Vienna and likes listening to music ... admires Steffi Graf...Coached by Yu Li-Qiao.
Winner: 2005 - ITF/Beijing-CHN.
Semifinalist (1): 2004 - Guangzhou.
Quarterfinalist (1): 2005 - Guangzhou.
Winner (9): 2006 - Pattaya City, Estoril, Guangzhou (all w/Sun); 2005 - Estoril (w/Sun); 2004 - Olympics, Guangzhou (both w/Sun); 2003 - Vienna, Quebec City, Pattaya City (all w/Sun).
Finalist (4): 2006 - Doha (w/Sun); 2005 - Hyderabad (w/Sun); 2004 - Hyderabad (w/Sun), 2003 - Tashkent (w/Sun).
Semifinalist (8): 2005 - Rabat, Beijing (both w/Sun); 2004 - Miami, Rome, Vienna, Beijing (all w/Sun); 2003 - Hyderabad, Palermo (both w/Sun); 2002 - Shanghai (w/Sun).
Chinese Olympic Team 2004, Chinese Fed Cup Team 2005.
Career in Review
1997 - Won ITF/Manila 1-PHI (w/Ding)
1998 - Won ITF/New Delhi-IND (w/Li)
1999 - Won seven ITF Circuit doubles titles consecutively w/ Na Li and ended season with an additional doubles title together
2000 - Won seven more ITF Circuit doubles titles
2001 - Won one ITF Circuit doubles title
2002 - Reached first WTA Tour doubles SF at Shanghai w/Sun and won an ITF Circuit doubles title together
2003 - Won first three Tour doubles titles w/Li (the last two back-to-back) at Vienna, Quebec City and Pattaya City; won seven ITF Circuit doubles titles
2004 - Best career finish, highlighted by Tour SF debut and Olympic gold medal in doubles; as world No.222, received WC into Guangzhou, then reached first Tour SF (l. to eventual champion N.Li); qualified for two other main draws at Doha (l. 76(4) 61 in 2r to No.5 Capriati) and Vienna (l. in 2r to Kostanic); lost in Tour qualifying three times; at Olympics (w/Sun), d. No.2 seeds Martinez/Ruano Pascual in final to claim gold medal, China's first tennis medal; also w/Sun, won Guangzhou (fifth title as a team overall), finalists at Hyderabad, and SF at Miami (ret. vs. Petrova/Shaughnessy after first set w/right knee sprain), Rome, Vienna and Beijing.
2005 - Season highlighted by impressive doubles play (w/Sun), capturing seventh career Tour doubles title at Estoril, finishing runner-up at Hyderabad and reaching SF at Rabat, Los Angeles and Beijing; also QF at Roland Garros; in Tour singles, reached QF at Guangzhou (upset world No.22 Zvonareva in 1r for career-best match win en route; l. to Llagostera Vives 76 third set) and qualified for main draws at Australian Open (Grand Slam main draw debut) and Hyderabad (l. 1r at both); captured third career ITF Circuit singles title at $50K ITF/Beijing 1-CHN (d. Yan in final) and 26th career ITF doubles title at $50K ITF/Bronx, NY-USA (w/Sun); teamed with Sun to go 3-0 in Fed Cup doubles action and help lift China into World Group II Playoffs.