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Gallery: 15 Of China's Finest Firsts

From Li Ting and Sun Tiantian to Zheng Jie and Li Na, Chinese tennis has become a tennis power to be reckoned with over the last decade. Here are 15 of China's finest firsts in women's tennis.

Published January 31, 2014 12:10

1: 2004 French Open. Zheng Jie becomes the first Chinese to reach a Grand Slam second week.
1: 2004 French Open. Zheng Jie becomes the first Chinese to reach a Grand Slam second week.
2: 2004 Athens Olympics. Li Ting and Sun Tiantian become China's first gold medalists in tennis.
2: 2004 Athens Olympics. Li Ting and Sun Tiantian become China's first gold medalists in tennis.
3: 2004 Guangzhou. Li Na becomes the first Chinese to win a WTA title, on home soil too.
3: 2004 Guangzhou. Li Na becomes the first Chinese to win a WTA title, on home soil too.
4: 2006 Australian Open. Yan Zi and Zheng Jie become China's first Grand Slam doubles champions.
4: 2006 Australian Open. Yan Zi and Zheng Jie become China's first Grand Slam doubles champions.
5: 2006 Oeiras. The first all-Chinese WTA final takes place - Zheng Jie beats Li Na by retirement.
5: 2006 Oeiras. The first all-Chinese WTA final takes place - Zheng Jie beats Li Na by retirement.
6: 2006 Wimbledon. Li Na scores a string of upsets to become China's first Grand Slam quarterfinalist.
6: 2006 Wimbledon. Li Na scores a string of upsets to become China's first Grand Slam quarterfinalist.
7: 2008 Australian Open. Sun Tiantian becomes China's first Grand Slam mixed doubles champion.
7: 2008 Australian Open. Sun Tiantian becomes China's first Grand Slam mixed doubles champion.
8: 2008 Wimbledon. Zheng Jie becomes the first Chinese to beat a No.1 and to reach a Grand Slam semi.
8: 2008 Wimbledon. Zheng Jie becomes the first Chinese to beat a No.1 and to reach a Grand Slam semi.
9: 2010 Australian Open. Li Na reaches the semifinals and then becomes China's first Top 10 player.
9: 2010 Australian Open. Li Na reaches the semifinals and then becomes China's first Top 10 player.
10: 2011 Australian Open. Li Na becomes China's - and Asia's - first Grand Slam finalist.
10: 2011 Australian Open. Li Na becomes China's - and Asia's - first Grand Slam finalist.
11: 2011 French Open. Li Na becomes China's - and again Asia's - first Grand Slam champion.
11: 2011 French Open. Li Na becomes China's - and again Asia's - first Grand Slam champion.
12: 2011 French Open. Li Na also equals Kimiko Date-Krumm's Asian ranking record of World No.4.
12: 2011 French Open. Li Na also equals Kimiko Date-Krumm's Asian ranking record of World No.4.
13: 2013 WTA Championships: Li Na makes the final then sets a new Asian ranking record of No.3 after.
13: 2013 WTA Championships: Li Na makes the final then sets a new Asian ranking record of No.3 after.
14: 2014 Australian Open: Li Na wins her second Grand Slam title at the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific.
14: 2014 Australian Open: Li Na wins her second Grand Slam title at the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific.
15: Li Na is just 11 ranking points away from Victoria Azarenka's No.2 ranking... can she do it?
15: Li Na is just 11 ranking points away from Victoria Azarenka's No.2 ranking... can she do it?
  • 1: 2004 French Open. Zheng Jie becomes the first Chinese to reach a Grand Slam second week.
  • 2: 2004 Athens Olympics. Li Ting and Sun Tiantian become China's first gold medalists in tennis.
  • 3: 2004 Guangzhou. Li Na becomes the first Chinese to win a WTA title, on home soil too.
  • 4: 2006 Australian Open. Yan Zi and Zheng Jie become China's first Grand Slam doubles champions.
  • 5: 2006 Oeiras. The first all-Chinese WTA final takes place - Zheng Jie beats Li Na by retirement.
  • 6: 2006 Wimbledon. Li Na scores a string of upsets to become China's first Grand Slam quarterfinalist.
  • 7: 2008 Australian Open. Sun Tiantian becomes China's first Grand Slam mixed doubles champion.
  • 8: 2008 Wimbledon. Zheng Jie becomes the first Chinese to beat a No.1 and to reach a Grand Slam semi.
  • 9: 2010 Australian Open. Li Na reaches the semifinals and then becomes China's first Top 10 player.
  • 10: 2011 Australian Open. Li Na becomes China's - and Asia's - first Grand Slam finalist.
  • 11: 2011 French Open. Li Na becomes China's - and again Asia's - first Grand Slam champion.
  • 12: 2011 French Open. Li Na also equals Kimiko Date-Krumm's Asian ranking record of World No.4.
  • 13: 2013 WTA Championships: Li Na makes the final then sets a new Asian ranking record of No.3 after.
  • 14: 2014 Australian Open: Li Na wins her second Grand Slam title at the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific.
  • 15: Li Na is just 11 ranking points away from Victoria Azarenka's No.2 ranking... can she do it?
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