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Li Na - The road to winning the Australian Open 2014

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  1. Physical Stamina - At 31, Li Na is the oldest woman to win the Australian open since Margaret Court. Daily 6 hours physical workout at Rodriguez's academy in Beijing helps overcome her age handicap.
  2. Switching Playing Style - Playing more attacking style nearer the net instead of from the back helps to change the game for Li Na.
  3. Willingness to Change - Old habit dies hard but Li Na work on changing her grip for her backhand stroke and that has help improve both power and accuracy. Getting out of the rigid state training in 2008 enable her to choose and tailor training to suit her needs.
  4. Mental Strength - The mind is the driving force that push your body to achieve. When the scoreline is 6-6, it is the calm mind and steady nerve that will win the game.
  5. Financial motivation - Going solo meant she only need to give up 8% instead of 65% of her prize money thus providing extremely strong motivation to win. Li Na earnings at the Australian Open is $2,650,000.
  6. Learning to share emotion - Sharing her emotions and feelings with her husband, trainer and coach helps reduce her stress.
  7. Learning to control her emotion - Accept that winning and losing is all part of a competition helps Li Na to control her emotion on the court. This allows her to calmly focus on what she needs to do instead of wasting energy on her emotion.
  8. "Just play. Don't think too much" - a comment from Li Na during the Australian Open.


Feel free to add your comments as to what contribute to her winning style.

PS. One more thing. I wished a few of those Chinese at the court won't keep shouting out her name when Li Na was trying to concentrate on her serve. At one point I can see Li Na mouthing the word "别吵啦“。 There are times to cheer and times to just keep quiet and watch.

 

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report Dr.Bill.Shen 2014-1-26 04:22
Her latest victory is truly an inspiring feat achieved through her relentless hardworking.
Reply Report juzunme 2014-1-26 06:59
Bill, you're right. Not everyone can take that punishing routine everyday in order to get that stamina.
Reply Report voice_cd 2014-1-26 09:16
Your article has been recommended to the homepage. Thanks for sharing here !
Reply Report liu5222512 2014-1-26 15:53
One of my blogs(Li Na,Win or Lose we love you) written on October 28,2013.
And in that game,she lost to Serena Williams in the WTA tennis championships final 2013 in Istanbul on October 27.
Yesterday afternoon,I likewise watched that match.This time,she had a great run and clinched first Australian Open title.She deserves to win the title,to have these beautiful moments like that,since she has been through rough patches in the past years.
I want to write for her once more,she is a genuine hero as an old athlete in our hearts.
But English is not my native language,I am learning it,my English is not good enough to convey freely what I intend to say.I need pay some extra efforts to write a blog in English,and now I am focusing on my another blog theme "No Country For Old Men".
So,here just say:'Bravo!Li Na".
Reply Report Dr.Bill.Shen 2014-1-26 16:39
liu5222512: One of my blogs(Li Na,Win or Lose we love you) written on October 28,2013.
And in that game,she lost to Serena Williams in the WTA tennis championship ...
To me, you have been doing very well. Just keep up your writing.
Reply Report juzunme 2014-1-26 18:59
Agree with Bill. You do write well Liu    Cheers!
Reply Report Dr.Bill.Shen 2014-1-26 21:03
juzunme: Bill, you're right. Not everyone can take that punishing routine everyday in order to get that stamina.
Surely not easy. She is 31 already and way over the watershed of prime age for an athlete. That means constantly fighting an uphill battle.
Reply Report liu5222512 2014-1-26 23:24
Dr.Bill.Shen: To me, you have been doing very well. Just keep up your writing.
Thanks for your compliment and encouragement.
From time to time,I wonder Learning English for what as a Chinese.
Now,I  leave it alone,just kill time when feel at loose ends.

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