Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Li Hails Impact of Her Coach as She Attempts to End Lean Spell

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Li Hails Impact of Her Coach as She Attempts to End Lean Spell

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WHEN Justine Henin retired from tennis three years ago, her coach, Carlos Rodriguez, said he could not imagine working with any other player, writes Paul Newman.

Within 18 months, however, the Argentine had taken on Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion. Tomorrow he will be hoping to crown his work with the 31-year-old Chinese by guiding her to the Australian Open title.

Li's achievement in becoming the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title helped make her one of the world's highest-earning sportswomen but for a while after her triumph at Roland Garros it seemed her progress had stalled. In her next six Grand Slam events, Li never went past the fourth round.

Rodriguez, however, has worked hard to develop his player's game and the benefits have been clear to see over the last fortnight. The most obvious change is in Li's willingness to come forward and play at the net, while he has also persuaded the world No4 to change her grip when she serves and hits backhands. …

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