04 Jun '11, 3pm

Li Na makes history with French Open title

Li Na makes history with French Open title

Li Na became the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS - LI NA made sporting history at the French Open on Saturday when she became the first player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title. The 29-year-old from Wuhan defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (7/0) to take her place in the pantheon of Chinese sports stars. Li clinched the watershed win with a superb 7-0 tie-break performance in the second set, falling onto her back in the red dirt when Schiavone hit long on match point. It was a thrilling display of shot-making from the Chinese player who has said she hopes that by winning a Grand Slam title she will act as a catalyst for the growth of tennis in her giant homeland. For 30-year-old Schiavone it was a bitter pill to swallow one year after she upset the odds to become Italy's first and so far o...

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