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China's Li Na angry for being asked to play doubles at Olympics

(Xinhua)

10:02, June 29, 2012

LONDON, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Asia's first Grand Slam champion Li Na, who was eliminated at the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, said that she felt uncomfortable after learning that she will play the women's doubles in the Olympic Games.

The 30-year-old Li, the French Open champion in 2011, was defeated by unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 6-4. She has failed to get past the fourth round in any of the five majors after her historic win in Roland Garros.

She has been looking forward to coming back to Wimbledon again by playing the Olympic Games but after learning that she had been arranged to play both the singles and doubles, she could not control her emotion.

"What's the point for me of playing the doubles? I have never played doubles since 2007 at the Australian Open. Why do they want me to play? If they want me to play for fun, it's much better to give the chance to youngsters," the outspoken Li told Chinese reporters at Wimbledon.

Li said that the Chinese Tennis Administration, the actual governing body of tennis, has never consulted her before releasing roster for the Olympic Games.

"I knew nothing before a friend texted me about this. I just felt surprised. I hope they should show some respect to the players. It will be my last Olympic Games. I hope to have a perfect ending. It's a great honor to play at the Olympic Games. But I have never thinking of playing the doubles.

"Since they have made the decision, I have to be obliged to obey. I had thought playing at the Olympics is a simple thing. But it's so complicated."

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