November 25, 2012. Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition. Guangzhou, China.
She will play Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. No matter what happens, Li Na will at least put on a good show during the post-match interview. Below are her interviews from this year's Australian open after her semi-final win and earlier in the tournament with ESPN. Below is also her famous on-court interview after her semi-final win in Australia in 2011. What a great ambassador for China.
Update: Have also added her great interview after the 2011 Australian Open final. Her interview starts at around 16:45 into the video.
At least according to this clothing shop. Sanlitun, Beijing
I remember watching them this summer. Awesome. Yi Shiwen, the 16 year old swimming sensation, is on the right.
Shanghai Audi International Circuit, Shanghai
Look at those eyebrows.
Jeep booth. Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau International Auto Show. Shenzhen, China
(Update: The launch has been a success)
And so it has been decided that Liu 'little flying kite' Yang will be the first Chinese woman in space. I still can't figure out if the rocket has already launched or not. It was scheduled for Saturday evening. The China Daily Live Reports page's last update was at 4:25 pm and right now it's 6:08 pm.
Update: Some great photos of the launch preparation can be found on The Wall Street Journal.
Update 2: The rocket has successfully launched and China now has a woman in space.
Most Americans can name the first American woman in Space. Most Chinese don't even know Chinese women astronauts exist.
China's next space launch is scheduled for June 16th, as was just announced on Chinese television. What isn't well known are details about the two woman astronauts in the Chinese space program, one of which next Saturday may become the first Chinese woman in space.
The New York Times/International Herald Tribune has an interesting post about how little is known about these women:
In contrast to the huge celebrity enjoyed by pioneering female astronauts in the Soviet Union and the United States, the Chinese women are virtually unknown. Even now, on the brink of an historic launch, they remain sealed off rather than celebrated.
Both women began their careers as transport pilots with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force — Captain Wang Yaping, 33, was born in Shandong Province, and Major Liu Yang, who is either 33 or 34, comes from Henan. Both are reportedly married, and Captain Wang and her husband, also a pilot, are believed to have a son.
Their names were only confirmed last year when it was discovered they had autographed an envelope (along with their five male colleagues) featuring a postage stamp commemorating their astronaut class. They are rarely profiled in the Chinese media, and they make no public appearances, whether at local science fairs or international air shows.
Pretty amazing that it took an autograph on a commemorative envelope to even discover that Chinese women astronauts existed. I hope one (or both) are named to the flight crew for next Saturday's launch and that they get the recognition they deserve.
By the way, I really like the photo from the first article I linked to above:
Wish I could find a larger version of it.
Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau International Auto Show
As demonstrated by this lovely lady at the Jeep booth.
Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau International Auto Show. Shenzhen, China