Good news, Li Xuerui has announced on social media that she will return to active competition next year http://sports.qq.com/a/20171107/033894.htm Looks like she is determined to make a comeback, as a LXR fan I look forward to seeing her bounce back soon but it'll be a long, tortuous road ahead. At age 26 now, she is neither young nor too old, there is indeed no time to waste. For a once seasoned campaigner and Olympic champion,I believe it all boils down to whether she possesses the never-say-die attitude, the courage and willpower to overcome all obstacles. However, as LXR's world ranking points have been wiped out due to her long absence, she has to start from scratch by taking part in the smaller tournaments first. I'm pretty sure she is well aware of the huge amount of hard work and sacrifices she has to make before it starts to bear results. On the one hand, we can be hopeful and even indulge in some wishful thinking but, on the other hand,we must temper it with realism, particularly in the initial year at least. I believe the news is true this time as she herself made the announcement except that the author of the linked article did not show proof of her social media post. All the best to Li Xuerui. Jiayou!