BEIJING (AP) — Li Na’s landmark French Open win drew a massive outpouring of support in China, captivating a nation where tennis’ popularity has been growing rapidly.
China’s media led the way with announcer Tong Kexin saying on state broadcaster CCTV “that Chinese tennis is just too tough. This has left a really deep impression on the world.”
CCTV added the banner “We love you Li Na,” to their gushing post-match coverage after Li became China’s first Grand Slam champion by beating Francesca Schiavone in Saturday’s women’s final.
The official Xinhua News Agency sent out a news flash shortly after Li’s victory, saying “In such a great final, Li Na deserved the win.”