Chinese tennis superstar Li Na has again come under fire from the Chinese press for behaving pretty much like she always has, AFP reports.
After her second-round exit at the French Open and her quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon, Li turned on Wang Zijiang of official news agency Xinhua when he asked if she had a message for fans back home.
“I lost a game and that’s it. Do I need to get on my knees and kowtow to them? Apologise to them?” she snapped in Paris.
Zhang Rongfeng, one of Xinhua’s top sports commentary writers, said Li had a “weakness of character”.
“When she wins a game, she has a better attitude and is nice to the media. But if she loses, she transfers her bad temper from the tennis court,” he said.
Li’s success as a player only came after she detached herself from the state-run sports system in 2008 under an experimental reform policy called ‘Fly Alone’ which allowed her to pick her own coaching staff and retain more of her winnings.
Arguably it’s Li’s independence and arrogance that has allowed her to become Asia’s first and only Grand Slam winner, and yet Li has come under continued attack from the Communist Party and state media for being “capricious” and unpatriotic.
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