Li Na | Women’s Tennis Blog


China’s Li Na has just made a tennis revolution – the 29-year-old defeated last year’s winner Francesca Schiavone in the final of Roland Garros and the sport not so popular in China is now expected to bloom, or at least to start blooming, and when you have a population of so many people in question than it’s a really big deal. As for the very championship match, Li was solid, had precise shots and was in charge more or less throughout the match, which can be described as one calm Grand Slam final, without much fuss and excessively expressed emotions.

The world No.7 Li had a straightforward win in the first set. In 39 minutes the Chinese sixth seed faced no break points, took Schiavone’s serve in the fifth game and simply marched on to take the set 6-4. The second set Li continued in the similar fashion, breaking Schiavone’s serve in the very beginning and at 3-1 Li had a great opportunity to bring the match too close to an end, but she netted a clear shot and the world No.5 Schiavone slowly managed to get back into the match when she leveled at 4-4. Then both players held their serves until the tiebreak in which Li started shining again and actually won it without losing a point! Final score: 6-4 7-6(0). Read more »


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China’s Li Na makes history with victory in French Open women’s final

Li, 29, defeats defending champion Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 7-6 (0), to become the first Asian of either gender to win a singles title at a Grand Slam event.




Li Na makes history with victory in French Open


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Roland Garros’ wonderful pictures

Roland Garros 2011 – The French Open – Official Site presented by IBM – News & Photos / Photos / Elated


Prize winner – French Open women’s final – Li Na and Francesca Schiavone – FOX Sports Gallery









Schiavone goes from set point to finals loss after umpire’s overrule – Busted Racquet – Tennis Blog – Yahoo! Sports


…..Engzell looked again at the mark, which wasn’t on the line as much it was immediately adjacent to it. There was no clay in between the mark and the line, nor any indication from the mark that the ball had landed on it either……..

If there’s no space between the line and the mark made by the ball, then it’s clearly in. Just like a 3 pointer from bball. Schiavone just showed that she lacks sportsmanship by trying to cheat her opponent out of a well deserved point because she knew she was down a set and had no momentum at all.

I don’t understand the argument, the ball was clearly in? The ball cannot be out unless there is undisturbed clay between the mark and the line.





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Li Na makes history! – Yahoo! News

The result was exactly what Stacey Allaster, chairman and CEO of the WTA, has been expecting for some time now.

“I congratulate Li Na on this historic victory, which is a credit to her incredible skill, determination and perseverance in winning China’s first Grand Slam. Her win today will inspire an entire generation of young girls to play tennis and propel the sport to new levels of global popularity and growth,” said Allaster.



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