06 Jul '11, 7am

China's Li Na rejects government post

China's Li Na rejects government post

China's Li Na poses next to the Eiffel Tower during a photocall after defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone in their women's final match for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday June 4, 2011, in Paris. -- PHOTO: AP BEIJING - LI NA, the first Chinese Grand Slam singles title winner after her success at the French Open, rejected an offer to take up a government post - the latest in a series of rewards from her country. The 29-year-old returned to China to a hero's welcome after reaching a career-high world number four ranking following victory at Roland Garros last month, where she defeated Francesca Schiavone. The government in her native Hubei province in particular has showered her with honours and wanted to appoint her deputy head of the provincial tennis administration centre, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. 'I heard about ...

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