New coach brings marital bliss in Li's life

Aug 29, 2012, 08:38 IST | AFP

China superstar Li Na (30) has a new man in her life and her husband couldn't be happier

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. 

Li Na

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.”

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