05 Jun '11, 2am

Proud Chinese hail first Slam champion Li #tennis #news

Proud Chinese hail first Slam champion Li #tennis #news

China's Li Na holds the cup after defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone during their women's final match for the French Open tennis tournament. -- PHOTO: AP BEIJING - ECSTATIC sports fans in China heaped praise on tennis star Li Na on Saturday after she made history with her French Open win, bursting with pride at their country?s first Grand Slam singles champion. At a Beijing sports bar popular with locals and expatriates, the crowd chanted 'Go, go, go!' as the 29-year-old Li prepared for match point and erupted in cheers as the ball hit by runner-up Francesca Schiavone sailed long. 'This is China?s moment in tennis history,' one male fan, Fu Wei, told AFP after Li?s 6-4, 7-6 (7/0) triumph over the 30-year-old Italian, who was the defending champion at Roland Garros. Zhang Xuejiang, a 25-year-old woman drinking beers and watching the match with her boyfriend, told AFP: 'I...

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