Li Na tops fan vote for International Tennis Hall of Fame

Li Na, of China, holds the championship trophy after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in their women's singles final at the Australian Open. (Andrew Brownbill/AP)

NEWPORT, R.I. — Li Na has received the most support in the first fan vote for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, followed by Goran Ivanisevic and Mary Pierce.

Results of the six-week online balloting for fans were announced Tuesday. The Hall did not say how many people participated.

Li will get a 3 per cent boost to her total for the overall vote by the main selection panel, which includes members of the Hall, journalists and tennis historians. Ivanisevic gets 2 per cent, and Pierce 1 per cent.

Li, a two-time major champion from China, could become the first player from Asia elected to the Hall.

The Class of 2019 will be announced in January. There are five other candidates: Jonas Bjorkman, Sergi Bruguera, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Conchita Martinez and Thomas Muster.

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