But she then played only one more match (a loss to Zuzana Ondrášková in the ,000 event at Dinan, France that April), followed by a lengthy absence from the circuit for the next 25 months.
Sources vary as to the causes of this absence, the Chinese media mostly cited the conflict between her and the China's National Tennis Team's administration and coaching staff.
However, she won her 16th ITF doubles tournament at the same event, the 17th overall doubles title of her career.
That September, she lost in the final of a ,000 tournament to compatriot Zheng Jie, before returning to the WTA circuit, thanks to a wildcard entry into qualifying at the Beijing.
Among her other most notable accolades, she was the first Chinese player to win a WTA tour title at the Guangzhou International Women's Open in 2004, the first to reach a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, and the first to break into the world's top 10.
Her feats have sparked a major population growth of tennis players in East Asia, earning her the reputation as the region's tennis pioneer and trailblazer.
At Rabat in May, Li reached the semifinal stage, but further success ultimately proved elusive for her.
Li retired from professional tennis on 19 September 2014.
her father, Li Shengpeng (李盛鵬), was a professional badminton player and later worked as a sales rep for an Wuhan-based company.
He died from a rare cardiovascular disease when Li was fourteen.
Her mother didn't tell Li Na that her father had died for many weeks, thinking it would affect her game.