Li Na Wins the Australian Open: 3 Takeaways From Her Remarkable Victory
Congratulations are in order for SpiderTech ambassador Li Na, who captured her first win at the Australian Open and second Grand Slam last night. From her on-court heroics to her charming victory speech, Li continues to be a great role model for everyone from her fellow athletes to weekend warriors. Here are three lessons we took from Li’s hard-fought victory.
1. Work hard, train harder:
After losing in the Australian Open finals in 2011 and 2013, it’s easy to say the third time was the charm for Li – but it’s hard work, not luck, that led the 31-year-old to victory. Li’s dedication and training paid off when she joined an exclusive list of women to win a Grand Slam after turning 30, alongside greats like Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, and Serena Williams.
2. Stick with it:
SpiderTech has athletes covered when their bodies get banged up, but when your confidence gets bruised, you’ve got to rely on mental toughness to get you back on your feet and in the game. After a rough go of it in Melbourne last year during the 2013 Australian Open finals, when Li rolled her ankle twice and hit her head hard on the court, she just laughed it off this year, telling reporters, “I’ll try to not fall down this time.”
3. Stay loose:
At #4, Li came into the finals as the heavy favorite over the 20th-ranked Dominika Cibulkova. But that same sense of humor that’s made Li a fan favorite off the court helped her relax and fight through her early nerves. Afterwards, Li was her usual laid-back self, thanking her agent for making her rich, and her husband, saying he was a lucky guy for having her. Here at SpiderTech, we’re feeling pretty lucky ourselves to have Li as one of our supporters.