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Li Na: My Life (Anglais) Broché – 13 août 2014

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In 2008, Li Na left China's national sports system under an experimental programme for tennis players that enabled them to 'fly solo', which, in three short years, led to her career-defining win at the French Open. Li Na: My Life is the remarkable story of her journey from young tennis talent to the first Asian singles player to win a Grand Slam. Li Na explores her experiences of personal tragedy at an early age, growing up within the country's rigid sports system, and the challenges of being true to yourself wiht a billion people's expectations weighing down on you.

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Li Na is China's number one tennis star and a much loved global icon. In 2011, she reached the singles final at the Australian Open - an achievment she repeated in 2013 - and on June 4 of the same year, she won the Roland Garros, making her first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title. In 2013, she was included in Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

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HASH(0xa1ce1b04) étoiles sur 5 A Paragon Warrior 13 janvier 2014
Par Gundam - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
The hardcopy of Li Na My Life appeared at a local book store in Hong Kong on 31 Dec 2013. At that time (and strangely even at this moment), Amazon could only offer a Kindle version. Being a fan of Li Na's, I bought the book right away. I subsequently found from my friends that a Simplified Chinese version was available. This is no surprise given that Li Na penned this autobiography and would naturally write it in her native language. I would really like to read the book in its original language since translation would inevitably lose some of the meanings or intentions of the author. As an ardent fan of Li's, I made a trip to Shenzhen, en route to watching Li play her semi-final match at a tournament there, to get a copy of the Chinese version of the book.

There are differences between the English version and Chinese version of the book, not least is the price. The Chinese version was published in August 2012 and the English one at the end of 2013. So the latter covered Li's 2013 Australian Open campaign as well as her coach Carlos Rodriguez' prediction that she would rise to top three in the world. The prediction materialized in October 2013 when Li did reach the position of world number three. Besides the addition of new material, the other difference worth mentioning is that the English version is not a direct translation of the Chinese one. I compared the chapter on Marriage and found that some information is missing from the English version. The order or sequence of some of the events is a bit different as well. Certainly some editing has been done to the English version.

In the book, Li described her deep love of her father. Unfortunately, her father passed away when she was only 14 years old. Her mother re-married after death of her father in less than two years. This further traumatized Li. She did not like to live with her mother and step-father. This left Li desolate. Fortunately she later found company in Jiang Shan. They trained since Li was 12 and they fell in love when Li turned 16. They married in 2006 when Li was 23. Since Li was in discord with the Chinese tennis authorities, Jiang had filled in the gaps and given her a lot of support both emotionally and technically throughout the years. Li wrote in the book she had unfailing love for Jiang and would follow him everywhere.

She turned `solo' in 2008 meaning that she was no longer managed by the Chinese Tennis Association. She could now form her own team including her own coach. Having a private coach instead of a shared one was what she wanted all along since she felt a private coach would specifically cater to her special needs and would unleash her potential and help boost her career. This turns out to be true. However, the road to get solo was a bumpy one and there were a lot of obstacles along it.

She also described her struggle with injuries. She had undergone knee surgeries three times. I think women are more emotional. In the book Li recalled numerous occasions where she would suffer defeats caused by injuries and cast doubt on whether her career could go on. She would weep alone in despair. This sheds light on how brutal a career in sports can be. You not only have to fight opponents but also your injuries as well. I have read autobiographies by Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal. None of these male players expressed feelings and emotions as deeply as Li did.

In summary, Li Na is candid in her autobiography. During on court interviews after victories, you always find an ebullient Li cracking jokes with the reporters. What we do not see is that there is a long series of struggles and sacrifices behind the success of a girl from a country where tennis is not a national sport (yet) and well developed.

If you want to know more about the most prominent female tennis player in China, this is the book.
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HASH(0xa1b2f63c) étoiles sur 5 Interesting book 7 mars 2014
Par Kemar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
LiNa is very emotional, especially in her early life into adulthood. I always like Azarenka, when she plays, and always want to see Azarenka battle and beat Serena, but I always liked LiNa from i saw her at Australian Open 2010. I began to find her interesting when watching her gestures toward her husband at courtside, and always think to myself that they are the most interesting couple in tennis. Also, in mind, i badly wanted to read this book because of the recent union between LiNa and Henin's (Henin, a former player i loved to watch battling Serena) former coach Carlos. Hearing about how LiNa and Carlos share about their union and rewards at the Aussie Open 2014, really inspired me further more to read about this ladies life, and i wasnt left disappointed. Its a must read.
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HASH(0xa1c51378) étoiles sur 5 LI na 4 février 2014
Par victor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
It is an awesome book about the up and down of LI na's career. I learn that life is a challenge with sweetness on the road
HASH(0xa1c54678) étoiles sur 5 A decent insight into Li's life and life in small town China 20 octobre 2014
Par Literature_Fiend - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Li Na has always been one of my favorite tennis players so I was surprised to learn that she had an autobiography published in English. The story follows Li Na as a young girl trapped in the insular and competitive world of youth sports in China. The story is touching and informative. I felt like Li Na didn't open up as much as I would have liked, especially compared with Agassi's book, Open, which is one of the best sports biographies ever written. Still, if you want to know more about Li Na and get a bit of an insight into Chinese culture, give this book a shot.

Unfortunately, because the book was originally published in 2012, it does not include the last two years of Li's life, including an emotional win at the 2014 Australian Open. I imagine that these last two years would be the most interesting and compelling of Li's entire life, so I am quite surprised that she didn't wait until retirement to write. This small unfortunate point aside, the book is worth a read for Li fans.
HASH(0xa1b7b720) étoiles sur 5 Like Na's autobiography 6 juin 2015
Par indooroopillykid - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I had no idea Li Na has been under so much pressure. Like reading Agassi's Open was how I felt reading this book. Like Na talks often about how "they said negative things about her. I am a huge fan of tennis and of Li Na and I have never thought bad things about her. I also do not know anyone who thought poorly of her. I gave this book a 3/5 as I felt was too introspective with not enough detail of the tournament at the French Open that she won in 2011.
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