Li Na, the only Asian to win a Grand Slam (French Open 2011), said that her journey to year-ending WTA Championships has been very electrifying.
"My road to Istanbul has been very exciting," said Li Na, who holds a decent win-loss record of 42-13 this year.
The 5th-ranked Chinese, who ended up being the runner-up of the Australian Open 2013, losing to Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in a grueling three-setter, rated the moment as the highlight of her season. "My highlight of the year was reaching the finals of Australian Open," she added.
"I am happy to qualify, its always great to play in Istanbul," the Chinese said, who reached the venue to kick-start her preparations.
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.