Back in 1990, hip hop trio De La Soul released a single titled "The Magic Number" in which they state that the number "three" is the magic number. Well, fast forward to January 25, 2014 and the number "three" has become the magic number for China's number one tennis player Li Na as she walked out of the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne as this year's Australian Open women's singles champion.
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With the new year in its infancy comes another season of action on the world’s tennis courts, and this year it seems there will be an exciting one ahead for fans of the sport.
The 2013 Women’s Tennis Association Tour (WTA) could be a wide open competition this year as there does not seem to be one player who will be dominant in the field. Of course the usual suspects such as Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska will most certainly be attempting to claim as many of the majors as well as finish atop of the rankings by the end of the season.
An article looking at the latest tennis duo from China, and how some of the world's less-reported sports are producing China's future athletic stars.
For all of about five seconds, there was discussion about an "all Chinese" final in the Australian Open. The People's Daily newspaper had already crowned Li Na and Zheng Jie — the Chinese female tennis players who both managed to advance into the final four to play against Serena Williams and Justine Henin, respectively — "two golden flowers."
ANTA Sports Products Limited, the Fujian-based Chinese sportswear maker, signed a deal on Jan 18 with the top ranked female tennis player "JJ" Jelena Jankovic. The historic deal clearly marks the company's ambition to go global, a very good branding move especially compared with Li Ning, who last year signed a two-year contract with the third-tier NBA player Damon Jones, the then Cleveland Cavaliers' guard now playing for Milwaukee Bucks.
Jelena previously collaborated with Reebok before penned the deal with the Chinese company. Famous for her explosive forehands and powerful straight backhands, the Serb had a taste in No.1 for WTA on 11 August, 2008. With a record of 65 wins and 19 losses in the season of 2008, Jelena is the 18th WTA tennis player who ranked the first in women's single, and she has become world No. 1 women's tennis player since 6 October, 2008.