Li Na makes history with French Open triumph –

Li Na makes history with French Open triumph

CNN) — China’s Li Na became the first Asian tennis player to win a grand slam singles title as she defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the final of the French Open on Saturday.

The 29-year-old triumphed 6-4 7-6 (7-0) against the Italian, having been the first player from her country to reach the final of the clay-court tournament.

The victory will push her up to a career-high fourth in the world rankings, equaling the best by an Asian player set by Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm back in 1995.

“I was nervous but I didn’t want to show my opponent. I think everyone in China will be so excited,” she told reporters. “I got a text message from my friend saying they were crying in China because they saw the national flag coming up.

“Today is a dream come true. When I was a young player I always wanted to be a Grand Slam champion. Here someone said I was getting old — it’s not easy for the old woman’s dream to come true! Not many players can win a grand slam.””


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China, Asia savor Li Na’s French Open win – Tennis- NBC Sports

BEIJING – Li Na’s landmark French Open victory sparked celebrations and recognition throughout Asia on Sunday, while China’s state media told its athletes to learn from her as they prepare for the London Olympics.

“The First Asian! Li Na is Crowned the Empress of French Tennis,” declared Taiwan’s China Times newspaper in a headline Sunday.

Li’s victory over defending champion Francesca Schiavone on Saturday came at 11 p.m. in Beijing on a holiday weekend, but Chinese state television rebroadcast the match Sunday and it was on the front pages of most newspapers.


YouTube – China’s Li Na Wins French Open Championship



YouTube – China’s Li Na Wins French Open Championship !

PARIS — Li Na ended China’s long wait for a Grand Slam champion Saturday, defeating Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the French Open final.
The Australian Open runner-up celebrated by falling flat on her back in the red clay after Schiavone hit a backhand long on match point.
“Today is the dream come true,” Li said. “Not so many player can win (a) Grand Slam.”
The crowd at Roland Garros was dotted with red Chinese flags and a small vocal group supporting Schiavone. They watched as Li dropped her serve for the only time late in the second set.
“I was nervous, but I didn’t want to show to my opponent,” said Li, won the final nine points of the match to earn her first major title. “I was a little bit shaking.”
On Sunday, five-time champion Rafael Nadal will face Roger Federer in the men’s final.
The title was only the fifth in Li’s career, and her first on clay. But it is the biggest victory on a tennis court for China, which has already started savoring the moment.
The official Xinhua News Agency sent out a news flash shortly after Li’s victory, saying “In such a great final, Li Na deserved the win.”
Li, however, won’t return home to relish in her achievement until after Wimbledon.
“If I (don’t) do well in Wimbledon, maybe people forget me already,” said Li, with a smile….



YouTube – Li Na 2011 French Open Championship highlights 6-4 7-6

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YouTube – Roland Garros 2011 SF Na Li (Li Na) d Sharapova 6-4, 7-5 Interview

Interview of #6 Na Li (Li Na) after she defeated #7 Maria Sharapova 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals of the 2011 French Open on June 2. Video for embedding at




YouTube – Roland Garros 2011 — Sharapova VS Li Na — Semifinal – Match Point




Li Na gets the home tennis court advantage –

BEIJING — Thursday night’s shocker in Olympic tennis — OK, one of them, to go with Roger Federer and Serena Williams losing — provided a nice chance to witness Chinese pride.

Li Na is ranked 29th. She is 26 years old, has been as high as No. 16 and has wins over the likes of former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in a career that has stopped and started twice. Normally, you will find Li playing out on the back courts in the early rounds of Grand Slams, unless, of course, she is playing a marquee player.

Which is what took place at the Olympic Tennis Stadium Thursday night. Li Na was on, in the featured match, against Wimbledon champion Venus Williams.

Any place else and her chances of winning would have been nil. But she was home, and 10,000 people in the stands made sure, at every moment, that she knew that.

When she pulled off the upset, prompting a classic — and likely unintentional put-down quote from Venus Williams — she became the toast of the country.

Williams stepped on her lip when she tried to give Li credit.

“I think she’s definitely had some nice results in her career,” she said, “but nothing like this, against a player like me.”…….

It was great to watch.

For anybody in the good ‘ol USA begrudging the home court advantage in Olympics, huge as it always is, harken back to Los Angeles in 1984, which basically turned into a 16-day photo op of Americans with arms raised in celebration.

It’s China’s turn now.

— Bill Dwyre



YouTube – Winner Ceremony – Li Na wins French Open 2011

Chinese Li Na wins in Roland Garros.
Congratulations to adorable Na Li and her decent husband =)
Ceremony with Na Li and Francesca Schiavone.

she is lovely , congratulation ! I think her victory is a good thing to promote tennis in asian countries

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