Li Beats Defending Champ to Give China 1st Grand Slam Tennis Title

Li Beats Defending Champ to Give China 1st Grand Slam Tennis Title

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Photo credit: Charlie Cowins, 2009 - CC As China’s Li Na tossed the ball while serving at match point in the French Open final, a cry from a fan in the stands pierced the silence at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Distracted, Li stopped and let the ball drop. The words of support were in Mandarin: “Jia you!” — which loosely translates to “Let’s go!” After so many years of “Come on” and “Allez” and “Vamos,” there’s a new language on the tennis landscape.

Li became the first Chinese player, man or woman, to win a Grand Slam singles title.

(READ the story in the Washington Post)

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