Uzair Rizvi BeyondHeadlines
Li Na became the first Chinese ever to win a Grand Slam. The Australian Open runner up dethroned Schiavone from France top position by winning the Roland Garros Women’s singles final 6-4, 7-6.
It was a thrilling display of shot making from the Chinese player. Li’s serve was devastating and she countered Schiavone attacks with her own powerful game.
The 29 year old sealed the first set with a stunning ace when she was upfront 5-3.In second set Schiavone broke back for 4-4 sending the contest into a tie-break that Li whitewashed 7-0.
Sixth seed Li who lost her Australian Open final earlier this year played like the queen of the Red Parisian Clay. Schiavone had trouble holding her serve, which she dropped many times in the game that really proved costly for the Italian to defend her French Crown.
Although, Schiavone was the favorite to win a second successive French Open Title but she failed to do so as the Chinese managed to hold her ground from the very first game.
She was jubilant to hold the Suzanne-Lenglen cup .This win will really be a boost up for the big nation China as only 4 players from this country are in top 100 ranking list.
She has moved to the fourth place in the rankings, equaling the record of the highest ranking held by any Asian women. Kimiko Krumm from Japan has also been ranked 4.
Last year, Schiavone became the first Italian to win the French Open title and this year Li became the first Chinese Women to be crowned the French Open women single’s winner.
Looks like French Open has got all the surprises. May be we should look out for a new winner next season, who has never achieved this feat. Who knows it might be some one from India.