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BEIJING Air Max Mens Clearance , Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Li Na wasn't just a Chinese trailblazer, she was one of the best players ever to play the sport, but injuries caught up with her in 2014 and she had to say farewell, leaving a big gap in Chinese tennis.

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Li said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past Air Max Mens Shoes , this time it felt different."

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"I don't think we can have a big star like Li Na in the next few years, maybe we have to wait for 10 years. Li is talented and hard working, the young guns just need to learn so many things from these trailblazers," said Zhang, who is now guiding central China's Henan provincial tennis team.

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PHNOM PENH, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's construction sector had attracted a total investment of 7.2 billion U.S. dollars in the first eight months of 2016, up 404 percent compared to the same period last year, said a government report on Tuesday.

The report released by the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC) showed that the kingdom had provided licenses to 1,753 construction projects during the January-August period this year.

However, in August alone, the investment in construction projects declined to 109 million U.S. dollars, a 79-percent drop from 531 million U.S. dollars in August last year, it said.

Construction projects included condominiums, residential units, shopping malls, commercial buildings, hotels and factories.

MLMUPC's Undersecretary of State Lao Tip Seiha said that from 2000 to August 2016, foreign investors had ventured into 284 construction projects worth 4.28 billion U.S. dollars.

"China is ranked No. 1, followed by South Korea and Japan, among foreign investors from 18 countries and regions," he said in the report.

Construction is one of the four pillars supporting the economy.

To date, the Southeast Asian nation has 724 high-rise buildings and 146 locations of new towns and residential complexes, the report said, adding that most of them are situated in the capital Phnom Penh.

HO CHI MINH CITY, March 26 (Xinhua) -- At least three soldiers were injured when a Vietnamese military helicopter MI-8 fell down from the height of 10 meters over the runway on Phu Quy island in central Binh Thuan province, local VNExpress reported Thursday.
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