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Li Na wins French Open, 1st major for Chinese

2011-06-04 15:10:25 GMT2011-06-04 23:10:25(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Li Na of China clenches her fist after scoring against Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Tennis fans wave a Chinese flag as China's Li Na plays Italy's Francesca Schiavone during their women's final match for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday June 4, 2011 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

China's Li Na holds the cup after defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone in their women's final match for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday June 4, 2011, in Paris. Li Na won 6-4, 7-6. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Li Na of China poses with the trophy after defeating Francesca Schiavone of Italy in two sets 6-4, 7-6, in the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

PARIS – China's long wait for a Grand Slam champion ended Saturday when Li Na beat Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the French Open final.

The Australian Open runner-up celebrated by falling flat on her back in the red clay after Schiavone hit a backhand long on match point.

The title was only Li's fifth in her career, and first on clay.

On Sunday, five-time champion Rafael Nadal will face Roger Federer in the men's final.

(Agencies)

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