Monday 6 June 2011

Li Na Tennis Queen of China

Two sides both queen! Li Na celebrates by rolling in the dirt. Pics from Getty Images.

Congratulations to Li Na for becoming the first Chinese to win a grand slam in tennis. She won the French Open by beating defending champion Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-4 7-6 (7-0).

China's queen of tennis is a breath of fresh air because of her down-to-earth and tell-it-like-it-is approach when communicating with the media. At the moment, there appears nothing pretentious about her. [Note: I qualify these statements by a comparison with Li Na's compatriot Zheng Jie; the latter preferring to doll-up with lots of make-up whereas Li Na prefers the more natural look.]

Through her hard work, perseverance and tennis talent Li Na has now achieved a higher profile then when she was the beaten finalist at this year's Australian Open, so let's hope the media do not become bored with her and spin her negatively.

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