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Li Maintains Confidence in Coach

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April 12, 2012



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Na's tennis may have failed to hit the heights of her 2011 French Open
title, but China's top player is not about to start blaming her
coach-husband for any deficiencies on court.

In fact. spouse Jiang
Shan appears to have been given another vote of confidence both on and
off the WTA court by his 30-year-old wife, whose best showing so far
this season was January's Australian Open final against Victoria
Azarenka followed up by a pair of quarter-finals in the March hardcourt
tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.

"I don't know why the
media are so interested in this issue," Li told  Chinese media. "Maybe
you are not confident in Jiang and my current team.

"But right now, I
have no intention of recruiting a foreign coach. I hope you won't ask
about it again," she said with finality.

The volatile Grand
Slam champion has been - playfully or not - occasionally slamming her
husband for her own lack of results, especially after a slump in the
wake of her surprise Roland Garros title of last June.

But the sneakiness
seems to be more or less in good fun. Li  got a reputation as being
tough on coaches after sacking Dane Michael Mortensen after just a few
months  of a trial run in 2011 before going back to hr husband as a
tennis mentor.

"Compared with
reaching the final at the Australian Open last year, people may feel a
little bit disappointed about my result this year," she said. Li said.
"But I think my form is OK right now and I have no regrets so far."


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