Ye Li

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Not to be confused with Li Ye.
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ye.
Ye Li
Born (1981-11-20) November 20, 1981 (age 33)
Nationality Chinese
Other names The D
Spouse(s) Yao Ming
Children Yao Qinlei

Ye "The D" Li (simplified Chinese: 叶莉; traditional Chinese: 葉莉; pinyin: Yè Lì; born November 20, 1981) is a Chinese professional basketball player who played for the China women's national basketball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[1]

At 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) tall, she is married to Yao Ming, a former center who played for the NBA's Houston Rockets. Ye met Yao at the age of seventeen in 1998 [2] They married on August 6, 2007.[3][4] The couple's first child, a daughter named Yao Qinlei (Amy in English), was born in Houston, Texas, United States on May 21, 2010.[5]


  1. ^ Ye Li at
  2. ^ Bucher, Ric; Yao, Ming (2004). Yao: A Life in Two Worlds. Miramax Books. p. 237. 
  3. ^ Yao Ming to wed longtime girlfriend in Shanghai
  4. ^, Yao Ming nuptials set for August 5
  5. ^ The 7-foot-6 Yao and his wife, Ye Li, had a baby girl on Friday at a Houston hospital, team spokesman Nelson Luis said. The couple, who married in August 2007, did not announce the baby's name. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces.