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Li Na turns focus to doubles after disappointing loss in singles


13:56, July 30, 2012

Li Na (L) and Zhang Shuai of China take part in women's tennis doubles first round contest, at London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, on July 29, 2012. Li Na/Zhang Shuai of China defeated Gisela Dulko/Paola Suarez of Argentian 2-0. (Xinhua/Tao Xiyi)

LONDON, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese number one tennis player Li Na said on Saturday she will focus on the women's doubles after losing to Daniela Hantuchova from Slovakia 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the women's singles at the London Olympics.

"I was sad I lost here in the first round. I know we are professional players, but the Olympics are different. Every four years, only one time," the 30-year-old said.

"Now the women's doubles is the only event I have at the Olympics so I will try my best to do well in it."

Li will team up with much younger Zhang Shuai in the doubles division, where 32 teams will vie for the gold medal. China has notched up one gold and one bronze medal in the past two Olympics, but Li, who last played doubles five years ago, was not upbeat about her doubles tryout.

"Zhang Shuai and I never played together before, and in the training camp for the Games we did not have much practice time either, so all I can do is try my best, hopefully we can win the first match tomorrow."

Asked about the match against Hantuchova, Li said: "I think I played well in the beginning of the first set. After that I made a lot of mistakes so I just gave the set to her."

"It's really tough because out of the court we are good friends, but if you stay on the court, you have to fight. But I think it is a little bit tough for both. All I can say is that she played better than me," Li added.


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