Former French Open winner Li Na got off to a good start at Roland Garros, defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues in straight sets in the first round.
Babolat, a French family-owned company which made the first racket strings out of animal gut in 1875, is working on another tennis novelty: a racket that records shot data.
The Australian Open tennis tournament is organizing a wildcard playoff event in China next month to build on the sport’s rising popularity in Asia following Li Na’s Grand Slam success.
"It took me several agonizing months to finally come to the decision that my chronic injuries will never again let me be the tennis player that I can be."
- Li Na on Sep 19, 2014