Ever since Li linked up with Justine Henin’s former coach, Carlos Rodriguez, earlier this summer, her career has been reinvigorated with a runner-up spot in Montreal followed by a title in Cincinnati.
It’s a success that meant an end to her on-off coaching relationship with husband Jiang Shan, but Li insisted that her marriage, as well as her career, have both benefitted.
“After I got a new coach I think for both me and my husband it’s much easier,” said Li, after beating 20-year-old Briton Heather Watson 6-2, 6-3 to make the second round at the US Open on Monday. "Love is love; coach is coach. You have to separate. For both sometimes it’s too much. Like it’s really tough to find a balance between coaching and (being a) husband.”