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Li Na to Play Exhibition Match at Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open 2018

Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam Champion, will attend this year’s Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open (PHKTO) as a Special Guest.

The Chinese superstar will be taking part in a celebrity exhibition match on Tuesday, 9 October, as well as participating in a number of activities throughout the tournament week of the WTA International Series event, which runs from 6-14 October 2018.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na is the most decorated Asian tennis player in history. Click to enlarge.

The exhibition tie-break match, which will take place at Victoria Park Tennis Stadium Centre Court, will be open to all Tuesday ticket holders and preceded by the scheduled main draw matches for the day. Her match opponent is yet to be announced.

The first tennis superstar from China, Li Na brought tennis to millions of people in China after her win at the French Open in 2011, becoming the first and only Grand Slam singles champion from Asia. The Chinese player added to her Grand Slam haul in 2014 with an Australian Open crown, catapulting her to a high of World No. 2 in the rankings.

Throughout her career, Li Na blazed a path for Chinese tennis, also becoming the first Chinese woman to win a WTA title and to break into the top 10, sparking a huge growth in the number of players in China and the region. She is known for her speed around the court and her even quicker wit in the press interview room, which made her a crowd favourite around the world.

Chris Lai, Tournament Director and Hong Kong Tennis Association Chief Executive Officer, said “Li Na is a worldwide sports icon and true trailblazer in Asian tennis and we are thrilled that she will be supporting PHKTO this year as our Special Guest. Fans should not miss this rare chance to catch her remarkable talents in action as well as her on court charisma.”

Oscar Chow, Chairman of the PHKTO Steering Committee, said, “Having a star of Li Na’s stature is the perfect way to celebrate our fifth edition. With this spectacular added bonus to what is already a packed day of matches, fans are really in for a treat and we expect Tuesday tickets to be in high demand.”

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