Photos Du Jour: Jeu Set Et Match, Madame Li
Li Na and Francesca Schiavone put on a dazzling display in this year's French Open final.
Published June 04, 2011 12:00
Li Na served to Francesca Schiavone in the women's singles final of the 2011 French Open.
Li was the far sharper player in the first set, hitting 15 winners to just 10 errors.
At 29, Li was aiming to be the fifth-oldest first-time Grand Slam winner in the Open Era.
Li's camp and WTA legend Martina Navratilova were in a full Court Philippe Chatrier house.
After completing a 64 76(0) championship win, Li dropped to the terre battue in disbelief.
Schiavone congratulated Li at net. Schiavone had won 13 straight matches at Roland Garros.
Li became the first player from Asia, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Li launched a ball into the crowd after her big win. She ended with 31 winners, 24 errors.
Schiavone rallied from a break down to push the second set to the tie-break before falling.
Li will be No.4, equalling Kimiko Date-Krumm's mark for highest-ranked Asian in WTA history.