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China boasts its highest-ranked singles, doubles players ever

China's Li Na celebrates after victory in her women's singles match
At No. 2, Li Na has ascended to her highest world ranking.
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SINGAPORE (AP)

Li Na set a record for Asian players by rising to a career-high No. 2 in the WTA rankings released Monday, while her compatriot Peng Shuai ensured another first for China by ascending to the top ranking in doubles.

Li won the Australian Open last month for her second Grand Slam singles title and started 2014 with a 13-match winning streak, including victory at her season-opening event at Shenzhen.

WTA chief executive Stacey Allaster says ''as they have done throughout their careers, both players continue to set new milestones for Chinese tennis. Their accomplishments are truly inspirational.''

The 32-year-old Li, who sits behind only Serena Williams in the women's rankings, says she hopes she is setting a platform for the next generation of Chinese players.

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