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Tough being a role model, says China's Li
 
 
 

MELBOURNE - Tennis trailblazer Li Na has won millions of young fans who follow her every move, but the 31-year-old admitted it was sometimes tough dealing with the pressure of being a role model. As Asia's first major tennis star, Li now has more than 10 million fans on Chinese social media and featured on the cover of TIME magazine's 2013 list of the world's most influential people. Over the years she has earned a reputation as a maverick and a prickly character in China, a nation where state-trained sports stars typically keep their emotions strictly in check. However, she admitted it is not always easy to set a good example for her fans. "Now I feel a lot of pressure, you know, because so many children, they look up to you, what you do on the court, off the court," she said.–AFP

 
 
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