Li Na is now officially the number two ranked women's singles tennis player in the world and it is because she unlike many of her competitors has been willing to change her approach to the game and her preparation despite already being successful. Li Na despite already having won the French Open in 2011 hired a new coach, Carlos Rodriguez in 2012 and since then her past two years have been marked by very consistent play usually ending in wins.
Most players who win a singles Grand Slam tournament and do not have the last name Williams or Sharapova are not willing to accept new coaching and the use of new strategies. The approach of Li Na on the court has changed as she mixes up her baseline game with a serve and volley and the occasional laughter. In the past Li Na was so "tight" during games that she rarely showed the fun, rebellious personality that is her true character.
The willingness of Li Na to change to help her improve as a tennis player is something that will likely position her for a future role in television once her career is complete as a potential tennis commentator because she has become renowned for possessing possibly the best sense of humour and "off-the-cuff" remarks in her winning speeches. For many viewers it has almost reached the point to which they are hoping for her to win just so they can hear what she is going to say about either herself or her husband.
Li Na is a role model to many young athletes that one must always continue to evolve as a player if they truly want to accomplish their goals. It would have been very easy for this talented tennis player to not change coaches or her tennis game because she would have still received her endorsements. Yet, Li Na in her effort to become the best player she could be made changes to her team and the result has led to a rise to the number 2 ranking the in women's tennis which is something that only she and her team believed was possible and is a credit to her work ethic and her willingness to change to get better even though it meant venturing a little into the unknown.