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OCA Sports Star Li Xiaoxia retires from table tennis

10 Jan 2017
Beijing, China, January 9, 2017: China's table tennis Grand Slam champion Li Xiaoxia has announced her retirement through social media, Xinhua reports from Beijing. “I have to say goodbye to you, even though I feel it is a pity to do so. Goodbye, my beloved table tennis. Goodbye, my prestigious Chinese team," Li wrote on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, adding she would continue to support the sport.

"How time flies! I started playing table tennis at 7 and it has been 22 years on the court. Table tennis means everything to me. Thanks to all of you for supporting me and being with me. Hopefully you can support me as you always have," said Li, who turns 29 on January 16.

Li, who was among the OCA Sports Stars of 2012, helped China win the team gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 when she also finished runner-up in the singles event. Li is the eighth table tennis Grand Slam winner in history with singles crowns from the 2008 World Cup, 2012 London Olympics and 2013 world championships. She also has multiple doubles and team world titles to her name.
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