Why Li Na will win Wimbledon

Sabine Lisicki, Petra Kvitova, Agneiszka Radwanska, Marion Bartoli, Sloane Stephens, Kaia Kanepi, Kirsten Flipkens.

Those are the names that stand between Li Na and this year’s Wimbledon title and none of them should cause her to quake in her Nikes. Following Lisicki’s stunning defeat of overwhelming favorite Serena Williams on Monday, the tournament is as open at this stage as it has been in years.

Li Na beat 11th seed Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-0 in the 4th round

Ignore Bloomberg’s tired re-telling of the Li-Na-as-rebel story and the dismissal of her chances. Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion, may never have a better chance to win another Grand Slam. Next up on Tuesday (1pm UK time, Centre Court) is Radwanska, the fourth seed, and the highest seeded player left in the draw. But Li has a 6-4 record against the Pole and has won four of their last five meetings, including a quarterfinal match up in this year’s Australian Open. They have met twice at Wimbledon: Radwanska won their R32 game in 2009, Li won their R16 game in 2010.

In addition, Li is in impressive form, winning one set 6-0 in each of her last three games. Right now, the bookmakers are ranking Lisicki and Petra Kvitova – the 2011 winner – marginally above Li. But there’s something in the water at Wimbledon this year, and all eight players left in the draw will be quietly confident.

If Li does find a way to win, she may yet overtake Maria Sharapova as the highest earning female athlete in the world.

4 thoughts on “Why Li Na will win Wimbledon”

  1. This doesn’t explain why she will win only why you think she will beat Radwanska. I need more to believe the headline.

    1. It’s moot at this point, but it was just that with no Serena, Sharapova, or Azarenka left, and Li Na playing well, she’ll never have an easier 1/4-final field for a Grand Slam. Plus having already handled the pressure of winning one, she seemed to me to be the favorite among those left.

      Good thing I’m not a betting man 😉

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