China netizens turn on Li Na after defeat outburst

In a commentary carried by China's official news agency Xinhua, its sports journalist Zhang Rongfeng wrote: "Losing the game and her bad temper were direct triggers of her episode at the presser.

updated: May 31, 2013 15:32 IST
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Paris: China's only grand slam winner Li Na was the object of widespread media and online criticism in her home country Friday after a graceless response to her French Open defeat.

Li, who won the tournament in 2011 to seal her place as one of China's sporting stars, crashed out on Thursday 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to unseeded American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a rain-interrupted second-round match.

At the post-match press conference the sixth seed reacted tersely when asked if she had an explanation for her fans at home.

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