Nicknamed "She-Jordan", Chinese 3x3 basketball player Wang Lili vows for revenge in the upcoming contest against ROC for a ticket to the final at the Tokyo Olympics.
By sportswriters Mao Pengfei, Ma Kai, Li Bowen
TOKYO, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Wearing red jersey No.23, she made eight shots out of nine, scoring 11 points to power China past Italy 19-13 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of 3x3 women's basketball at the Tokyo Olympics.
Her stellar performance attracted 130 million views on Chinese social network Weibo by Wednesday morning.
Who is this rising 3x3 star? Will she lead China to grab a medal, making history in 3x3 basketball's first appearance at an Olympic Games?
"I chose No.23 because Michael Jordan is my idol," said 29-year old Wang Lili, nicknamed "She-Jordan" since her college days.
Born in a village in Jiamusi city, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Wang grew up playing basketball with boys.
"When the boys didn't have enough players for a match, they just called me from the other side of the road and I would be on the court within minutes," Wang said.
During her studies at Peking University (PKU), Wang was the core of the team that claimed the university's first Women's Chinese University Basketball Association (CUBA) league title. She was named the most valuable player (MVP) with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals per game.
As the most experienced player and core of the team, Wang is also the most trustworthy teammate. "With big sister Lili, we are free from anxiety," said 19-year-old Yang Shuyu.
China was defeated by the ROC 19-9 in the pool round, and on Wednesday evening, they will take on the ROC again to fight for a ticket to the final.
Asked about the upcoming contest, the No. 23 gave a brief and powerful answer, "Revenge!"