Sunday, 5 June 2011

Roland Garros 2011 Day 14 - Women's Final

So Na Li wins the women's final, the first Chinese woman, in fact the first Asian woman to do so. And actually the first player representing an Asian country to win a Grand Slam Singles title. In ten years time would we see an Asian revolution in tennis as experts predicted?

The final result was 6-4,7-6 (7-0), the two actually played against each other last year in the third round with Schiavone beating Na Li 6-4,6-2, however this year Na Li was the player who dominated most of the match but Schiavone was always clawing her way back into the game. Na Li will now ascend to fourth in the WTA rankings behind Wozniacki, Clijsters and Zvonareva. There really is potential for her to climb even further with Zvonareva not at her best and Clijsters looking less competitive compared to last year. She has a few decent performances from last year to defend points from but also quite a few first round losses, one being the US Open so she could potential climb higher in the next few months.

What I'm also very happy with is how Na Li came into this tournament as a huge underdog but just proved everyone wrong by beating the most in-form players this year. Her win was by no means from luck as she beat Azarenka and Sharapova; both favourites for the title, Kvitova; underdog and rising star and Schiavone the player to beat at Roland Garros atm. She literally could not have had a more difficult draw. 

Finally, congratulations Na Li you proved you are a real star, since your QF appearance in Wimbledon 2006 I knew you could achieve great things.

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