Beijing: China rejoiced Sunday after Li Na's French Open triumph brought Asia its first Grand Slam singles win, sparking confident predictions of a new dawn for the game in the world's most populous nation.
The Chinese blogosphere lit up in adulation and newspapers splashed Li's beaming face across their front pages after the 29-year-old from Wuhan beat defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (7/0) on Saturday.
"Li Na makes history!" the China Daily blared. "Her triumph is expected to provide a major push to a sport already rising fast in China."