The former Chinese player Li Na revealed how she reacted to Kim Clijsters announcing her comeback for the 2020 season. The two-time Grand Slam winner, talking to reporters in Wuhan, said: "My manager sent me a message when he received the news.
I said, Are you joking? Well, to her decision, it is a courageous thing to do. She loves this sport, and that is why she decided to come back. No matter what happens, I wish her every success." On Venus Williams's first round loss, Li added: "She is still very good.
Every player, when she's at the court, she wants to win. Tennis is a magical sport. We have teenagers as well as people like Venus in their 30s who are still fighting. Every player is fighting on the court to try to bring the best performance.
The core of sport is not to get the championship. Well, getting the championship is good, but the core of this is to challenge yourself to be a better self. I believe Venus is enjoying this process. That is why she's fighting on court."
On her expectations for this year's event, Li, who is the Wuhan event ambassador, concluded: "Well, I'm not good at making predictions. I'm sure every player will bring out their best performances, to bring the best level of play to all the fans, not only to fans in Wuhan, but for all the fans over the world who love tennis."