Li Na, Mary Pierce, Kafelnikov head to Tennis Hall of Fame
Li Na is the first player from Asia elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
She joins Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the Class of 2019, which was announced Monday at the Australian Open.
All three players won a pair of Grand Slam singles titles — one at Melbourne Park and the other at Roland Garros.
Li retired in 2014 at age 32 because of recurring knee injuries. She won the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open, making her the first tennis player born in Asia to collect a major singles title and helping grow the sport in her native China.
Kafelnikov won the 1996 French Open and 1999 Australian Open, while Pierce was the champion at the 1995 Australian Open and 2000 French Open.
The induction ceremony is July 20 at the hall in Newport, Rhode Island.
— Associated Press
Stories that may interest you
Report: Chiefs' Hill, fiancee discuss domestic incident
Tommy La Stella and Kole Calhoun hit two-run home runs in the fifth inning, David Fletcher drove in a career-high five and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 11-5 to avoid a four-game sweep
Patriots use lone pick of first round to nab former Arizona State receiver N'Keal Harry
The New York Giants have their heir apparent to Eli Manning, not just the one everyone expected