Chinese tennis star Li Na will be featured on the May 26 issue of Time magazine — the second time she will be on the magazine’s cover in little over a year.
Li was also featured in the 2013 Time 100, the issue that lists the magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
“I am really honored to be featured on the cover of Time magazine yet again,” Li told the WTA. “As one of the most widely read publications in the world, I am very grateful to be in the position to make an impact on the multitude of people, especially women, and to show them that if you truly believe in yourself and in your talent, and are willing to work hard, your dreams can become reality.”
The story, “The Passion of Li Na,” (entitled “The Meaning of Li Na” online) focuses on Li’s influence beyond the tennis court. Li made history at the 2011 French Open when became the first Asian-born tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title.
The tennis star is more than a global sports icon – she inspires millions of Chinese as a symbol of independence and freedom
Li, ranked No. 2 in the world, was the third highest paid female athlete in the world in 2013 according to Forbes, behind only fellow tennis players Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, who ranked first and second, respectively.
Her total earning was $18.2 million with $15 million coming in endorsements.
Li won her second career Grand Slam title this year at the Australian Open and reached the finals at Miami in March. She lost to Italy’s Sara Errani at the Italian Open quarterfinals on Friday.