Sunday, January 30, 2011

Li Na

Chinese tennis player Li Na made history this week as the first player from an Asian country to make it to a Grand Slam final. (And no, Michael Chang doesn't count, he's American.) The 28-year-old from Wuhan dominated the early stages of the game against Kim Clijsters, but her opponent's big-match experience was too much in the end as the Belgian took out the championship in 3 sets.

Li won plenty of local fans, not just for her powerful game and fighting qualities (she returned from match-point down to beat world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-final) but her quirky sense of humour, on display in post-match interviews. Asked by a reporter why she seemed more expressive and outgoing than the other Chinese players on the tour, Li replied, "My English is better." Fair enough.

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