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French Open Final Breaks TV Record In China

Li Na's win in the Roland Garros final was the most-watched tennis match ever in China.

Published June 08, 2011 05:18

French Open Final Breaks TV Record In China
Li Na

Li Na's victory over Francesca Schiavone on Saturday in the French Open final was watched by a staggering amount of people in China.

CCTV says Li's triumph was witnessed by 116 million viewers, making it 2011's most-watched sporting event on TV in the world's largest market and officially the most-watched tennis match in the history of China. The previous high for 2011 was Kim Clijsters' win over Li in the Australian Open final, which was watched by 60 million people.

"The viewership numbers for Li Na's historic Roland Garros win are a fantastic sign for the continued growth potential of women's tennis in China," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.

Li's win made her the first Chinese player, man or woman, to capture a Grand Slam singles title.

Read more about the final right here.

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