Li Na Wins China's First Grand Slam Title

She defeats Francesca Schiavone to win French Open
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2011 12:11 PM CDT
China's Li Na return the ball to Italy's Francesca Schiavone during their women's final match.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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(Newser) – A little history at Roland Garros today: Li Na defeated defending champ Francesca Schiavone of Italy to win the French Open and claim China's first Grand Slam title, reports Bloomberg. The 29-year-old is part of a burgeoning crop of female tennis players from China nicknamed the "Golden Flowers" by state media. "Everyone must be so excited" back home, she said afterward. Click for a recap of her 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) win at Bleacher Report.

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