Li Na's Craving for Chinese and Häagen Dazs

Life at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open

Chinese tennis star Li Na chats with sports writer Brane Jevric.

George Anich

Since becoming the first Asian woman to win a Grand Slam (French Open at Roland Garros, 2011), Chinese tennis star Li Na Li Na has become a national hero, with more than 2.5 million fans on Chinese social media.

Yet despite all the hoopla in the media, Li Na remains stoic, rather shy, and when dining in the desert chooses to keep a low profile.

“My husband [and coach Jian Shang] and I go for Chinese restaurants,” Li Na told “We order our meals in Mandarin, and then we go for ice-cream!”

Her favorite ice cream, she says, is Häagen-Dazs. Not surprising, given her 1$ million endorsement deal with the famed ice cream icon.

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