Retired Chinese tennis star Li Na has donated 3 million yuan (US$430,000) to the fight the coronavirus epidemic, according to the South China Morning Post. The two-time Grand Slam champion made the donation through a charity in Beijing.
Li Na is an ambassador of the foundation which will use the donation to provide medical materials to designated hospitals in Wuhan. Other Wuhan sports stars have also made significant contributions to help fight the disease.
Li Na achieved a career-high WTA ranking of world No. 2 in February 2014. She won nine WTA Tour singles titles including the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open. She was the first player representing an Asian country to appear in a Grand Slam singles final, at the 2011 Australian Open.
Li was also the runner-up at the 2013 Australian Open and 2013 WTA Tour Championships, a three-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and a semifinalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2013 US Open. She retired from tennis in September 2014, at the age of 32 and In 2019, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, becoming the first Asian-born player to receive this honor.
Footballer Hao Junmin donated 500,000 yuan to a district charity foundation in Wuhan while Wang Shuang, the 2018 Asian Women’s Footballer of the Year. Wang has donated 600,000 yuan. Shuang was in Wuhan for a Lunar New Year reunion with her family and was also caught up in the lockdown and could not join the national team in Australia for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers.
A tennis player from Hubei, Zheng Qinwen region donated all the prize money – 10,000 yuan – she made from the qualifying rounds at last year’s Wuhan Open towards the same cause while China's national football team manager Li donated 1 million yuan.