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Li Na Nears Sharapova With $42 Million in Endorsement Contracts

Li Na, the first Chinese player to win a major tennis title, is set to become the world’s second-highest earning female athlete after signing endorsement contracts worth at least $42 million.

The 29-year-old, who became Asia’s first Grand Slam singles champion at the French Open in June, has since signed seven deals worth between $2 million and $3.5 million each annually, her agent Max Eisenbud said in an interview. All seven contracts are for a period of three years.