Li Na wins French Open 2011, first Chinese tennis player to win Grand Slam singles

By on Jun 5, 2011 in Europe, Sports, Tennis, World Comments

Li Na won the French Open 2011 finals on Saturday, June 4, 2011, and is now the first Chinese tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles.

Li Na, after winning the French Open 2011
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According to international sports news sites that day, Li Na beat defending champion Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 7-6 (0), during the French Open 2011, held at the Roland Garros, in Paris.

Na, 29, currently ranked seventh in the world, scored the final nine points of the match, to make history, and won the French Open 2011 title.

“Of course I was nervous, but I didn’t want to show it to my opponent,” Li reportedly said after she won, who is now being expected to climb to Rank No. 4 in the world.

“This year she grow up so much, and she played today really well.” Francesca Schiavone was quoted as saying after the game, who was also the first Italian player to win the French Open, held last year.

“Enjoy this moment; it’s fantastic.” Schiavone told Na, a runner-up in the Australian Open 2011, which was won by Kim Clijsters of Belgium last January.

On Thursday, Li Na also beat Russian player Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 7-5, for this year’s French Open.

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