(; born January 5, 1980 in Wuhan
) is a Chinese
She graduated from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology
As a doubles player, Li has enjoyed great success, winning twenty-six
ITF titles and a further seven
WTA titles by March 2006.
Li competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics
, defeating Spain
to win a gold medal in the women's tennis doubles along with her partner Sun Tiantian
As a singles player, Li enjoyed limited success in ITF events until June 2000, when she qualified for a WTA tournament at Tashkent, then defeated Alina Jidkova
of Russia in the first round of the main draw, before bowing out in Round Two. As a wildcard entrant to the WTA event at Shanghai that September, she lost in three sets to Tara Snyder
in the first round. Without further success for the rest of the year, she ended world-ranked 325, beating her previous personal best of 347 at the end of 1998.
A year of indifferent results at lowly ITF level followed in 2001, but in September she came through qualifying with three straight wins to reach Shanghai again, beating countrywoman Liu Nan-Nan
in the final round, only to lose to Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy
in the main draw. But this achievement was not enough to prevent her world ranking from dropping to 536 by the year's end.
2002 was a poorer year still for Li Ting in singles, as she failed to qualify for Shanghai and won only one match in just four ITF tournaments entered, leading her... Read More