The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced on Tuesday that recently-retired Chinese icon Li Na has been named an Official Ambassador of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. In her transition from being Asia’s highest-ranked player ever to WTA Legend, the two-time Grand Slam champion will serve as an Official Ambassador for the WTA Finals in 2014 and 2015. Li will be joined by an all-star line-up of WTA Legends at this year’s event, including Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Marion Bartoli, Iva Majoli and Mary Pierce.
Li will travel to Singapore to be on hand for the opening Fan Festival Weekend of the WTA Finals, set to be staged in Asia-Pacific for hte first time in the event’s 44-year history. Li will be a part of the WTA Finals Fan Fest, appearing on Sunday, October 19, meeting with fans throughout the afternoon. Fan Fest weekend is free of charge and open to the general public.
On Monday, October 20, Li will meet the participants from the inaugural WTA Future Stars Under-14 and Under-16 junior girls event, which will feature players from 12 different countries. Li will pass the racquet to the next generation of stars during the WTA Future Stars trophy ceremony. Additionally, the Chinese tennis icon will participate in the Opening Ceremony on the same Monday at 19:00 alongside the legendary players, government officials and special guests.
“We are excited to announce Li Na’s role as an Official Ambassador for the WTA Finals Singapore, the first time in the event’s 44-year history it will be staged in Asia-Pacific. This will be a great opportunity for the fans from around the world over to get close to a tennis legend who has inspired a nation and done so much for the game in Asia Pacific. She has inspired a generation of young girls throughout Asia-Pacific with hopes that, they too, can achieve the dream of playing in the WTA Finals,” said WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster.
Until she announced her retirement from WTA tennis on September 19, Li’s powerful game delivered against the very best. In total, she reached 21 WTA singles finals, highlighted by two Grand Slam titles at 2011 Roland Garros and 2014
Australian Open, as well as semi-finals at the US Open and quarter-finals at Wimbledon. The 2014 WTA Finals will feature the Top 8 singles players in the world competing in a round-robin event, and Top 8 doubles teams competing in a single-elimination draw.
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