Despite calling it a career two years and a half ago, Li Na is more successful than ever in the business. The former World No. 1, who retired from tennis in October 2014 due to a knee injury, earned more than $20 million last year from endorsements, sponsors and projects, which is $2 million more than 2014.
All of this was basically thanks to her country, China, that is the second wealthiest country in the World according to what Li Na's manager Max Eisenbud, who works with Maria Sharapova too, told CNN. Li Na works with worldwide companies like Nike, Mercedes Benz, Rolex (that are the Roger Federer's main sponsors too), does promotional projects, and in the future her Activity in the business world, which 'has really surprised' Eisenbud, could increase.
Li Na is planning to start her own tennis academy in China, that is still looking for a Champion both on the men's and women's side. 'My idea is to create a 'Li Na Land' where you have a restaurant, a hotel and spa resort', Eisenbud said.
The 2011 Roland Garros champion, who has 23 million followers on Weibo, also aims to run her own television production company which could show Li Na's story but also the other Chinese's stories too. Her business increases even more, which is also surprising because after calling it a career Li Na had said she wanted to be a homewoman without thinking about the big potential she had making money and being popular.