The rebel who won the French Open

Updated: 06 June 2011 09:12 IST

She was known as a rebel at one time but following her historic French Open victory, Li Na's popularity is now at par with basketball giant Yao Ming, according to local media in China.

The rebel who won the French Open
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Beijing:

She was known as a rebel at one time but following her historic French Open victory, Li Na's popularity is now at par with basketball giant Yao Ming, according to local media in China.

Li had walked out of China's powerful tennis establishment in 2008, brushing aside objections from officials to marry her coach Jiang Shan.

"Li Na is hailed nationwide as an idol on a par with NBA superstar Yao Ming, following her historic victory in Paris that made her the first Asian tennis player to lift a grand slam singles title," a commentary in the state run Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.

Topics : Tennis Caroline Wozniacki Na Li Shahar Peer Novak Djokovic Venus Williams Andy Murray Francesca Schiavone Juan Martin del Potro French Open 2011
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