Sunday, June 5, 2011

Li Na – the first Asian women to bag French Open title

China’s Li Na could have never thought of lifting the coveted French Open Trophy when she entered into the tournament. But her remarkable performance throughout the tournament made her sail through all hurdles till she reached the final at Roland Garrors, Paris.  And what a classic performance she displayed to outclass the reigning champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6(7-0) to end up lifting the French Open Trophy. Her win makes her the first Asian, and of course first Chinese to have this honour.

It must have been a dream come true for the 29 years old Chinese, when she fell flat on her back on the red clay after winning the final point. Like every player, she also had the dream of winning a grand slam and her win brought that dream come true.

For someone at this “old” age winning the title is really astonishing, but then she has always been a late starter. She started playing tennis at the age of 9, which is quite late for those who want to win grand slams. At one stage she even quit playing tennis for journalism. But she still came back and made her day.