She then made her Grand Slam debut at the 2005 Australian Open, advancing to the third round with wins over Laura Granville and Shinobu Asagoe before losing to Maria Sharapova.
On the back of the ranking points accrued through this result, on 4 October 2004, she broke into the WTA top 100 for the first time.
To cap off her most successful year as a singles player yet, she competed in two $50,000 ITF tournaments at Shenzhen, winning the first outright to bring her the 19th ITF singles title and 20th overall singles title of her career, but losing in the quarterfinals of the second to lower-ranked country-woman Yan Zi. 80 by the close of the year, a year in which she won 51 singles matches and lost just four.
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.
In May 2004, Li returned to competition after having not played since 2002.
Although she was unranked, she won 26 successive matches to notch three further ,000 tournament wins and another ,000 title, increasing her career singles title count to 18, only to have her winning streak finally snapped by Evgenia Linetskaya in the semifinal of the ,000 Bronx tournament that August.
Li Na (born 26 February 1982) is a retired Chinese professional tennis player, who achieved a career-high WTA-ranking of world No. Over the course of her career, Li won seven WTA singles titles and two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open.
Li's rise to prominence came after those victories, which made her the first and only Grand Slam singles champion from East Asia and Asia as a whole.
That year, she also won seven more ITF doubles events, 6 of them with Li Ting. She won two further ,000 ITF singles tournaments, defeating Roberta Vinci in the final at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Liu Nannan in the final at Guangzhou in July, but then played only one further match for the rest of the year, leading her ranking to fall to no. She won her 15th career ITF doubles tournament at Hangzhou in March.
In 2002, she came through qualifying to win her first ,000 singles tournament at Midland, USA in February, defeating Laura Granville, Tatiana Perebiynis, and Mashona Washington en route to the title, the 14th of her career.
Li retired from professional tennis on 19 September 2014.