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Li Na elated and amused before historic final

 China's Li Na celebrates a point win over Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during their women's semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in ...
 China's Li Na takes a drink during a practice session on an outside court at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday...
 China's Li Na holds up her national flag for photographers at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011...

Australian Open Tennis

China's Li Na celebrates a point win over Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during their women's semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in ...

Australian Open Tennis

China's Li Na takes a drink during a practice session on an outside court at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday...

Australian Open Tennis

China's Li Na holds up her national flag for photographers at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011...

After making history, Li Na turned on her cell phone and found 44 text messages.
Friends, family, fellow tennis players, sports officials and the media were cheering her accomplishment at the Australian Open as a big step for the 28-year-old's career and potentially a giant leap for China.
When Li walks onto center court at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday for the championship match it will be the first time a Chinese player will play in a Grand Slam singles final. A victory by Li could give a major boost to tennis in China, where the sport has long struggled for recognition alongside badminton and table tennis.


Updated : 2021-08-05 06:52 GMT+08:00