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Na Li missed out in the Australian Open, but this time she took that giant leap, which will prove crucial in strengthening tennis not only in China but all across the Asia. World No. 7 Na Li of China carved her name in history books on Saturday by becoming the first ever Chinese contender to clinch the Grand Slam title by winning the 2011 French Open title. Li beat the defending champion and World No. 5 Francesca Schiavone of Italy in straight sets in the final with a 6-4 7-6(0) scoreline.
Re-live some breathtaking moments of this duel!
Li looked in complete control in the first-set, but fumbled a bit in the second-set and it looked that resilient Schiavone will make a comeback, she is known for, but Li showed perfect balance and easily handled the pressure to emerge victorious. Li won this battle in 1 hour and 48 minutes with the help of 3 aces and 34 massive winners. Li converted 2 out of 8 break points and duly got benefitted from Schiavone’s 17 unforced errors.
Li took only 40 minutes to win the first set - with a single break of serve. Li fired 2 aces, earned 89% points on her first serve and hammered 17 massive winners to win the first set. Schiavone did not have any break point in the first set.
Li broke Schiavone in the first game of the second set and raced to a 2-0 lead before Schiavone could break back and finally the second set reached the tie-breaker. Well, Li did not allow Schiavone to win a single point in the tie-breaker and emerged victories in straight sets.
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