Subscribe to USA TODAYAlready a print edition subscriber, but don’t have a login?Activate your digital access.Manage your account settings. EST January 22, 2013Li Na of China lines up a forehand during her 7 5, 6 3 victory against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.(Photo: Greg Wood, AFP/Getty Images)Story HighlightsLi Na is winning again and credits coach Carlos Rodriguez with helping turn it aroundHe also has helped her marriage . Li former coach was her husband”It just being coach and husband is %u2014 how you say %u2014 tough to find a balance!”MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) French Open champion Li Na credits new coach Carlos Rodriguez with turning her tennis career around and saving her marriage.Last August, the 30 year old Chinese star hired Rodriguez, who coached Justine Henin to seven Grand Slam titles, after the conflicts with her previous coach her husband Jiang Shan became too much to bear.”The funny thing is, I think two years ago in China, someone said I was divorced,” Li said Tuesday after beating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 7 5, 6 3 to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open. “Because they were thinking, we’re always shouting, maybe we’re divorced.”CARLOS AND LI: Duo hooked up last August”It’s just being coach and husband is how you say tough to find a balance!” she added.DAY 9 ROUNDUP: Sharapova dominates, Ferrer ralliesNow Li and Jiang have found marital peace again decreased disagreements on or off the court and she is winning again.CLASH OF AGES: Serena vs. SlooaneLi hired Rodriguez after disappointing, early round losses at Wimbledon and the London Olympics. He joined her midweek at a tournament in Cincinnati they had never even met before and she captured the title, her first since her breakthrough Grand Slam win at Roland Garros in 2011.PHOTOS: Australian Open Week 1She then won a second title at the inaugural Shenzhen Open earlier this month and is now in the semifinals of the Australian Open for the third time in four years.Rodriguez has had a steadying influence on Li, who had previously struggled to control her emotions on court and has appeared more composed since starting to work with him.At one point during the second set against Radwanska, Li lost her service toss in the sun and batted the ball five rows deep into the crowd. Rather than let the miss hit unnerve her, however, she calmly made her second serve and put away a deft backhand volley to win the point.”I was working a lot on this (aspect) in winter training,” Li said. “Carlos always say, ‘Calm down, calm down.'”
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