Li Na (China) beat Francesca Schiavone (Italty) to win the French Open final with the final score at 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) on Saturday in Paris (France). She made history as she got China its first Grand Slam singles champion.
Dominant on serve and consistently threatening from the baseline, Li overcame a late wobble to take away Schiavone’s title in one hour and 48 minutes.
The pair had met four times previously, with two wins apiece and Schiavone winning the last on her way to the title in at Roland Garros last year, making her the slight favourite in many people’s eyes.
Li had never been a fan of clay in the past, whereas Schiavone’s heavy topspin, vicious kick serve and sweeping single-handed backhand has proved perfect for moving opponents out of position on the red dirt.
That was the theory; in practice the match set off on a different path and never deviated.
Quite a convincing win for Li!
Check the last minutes of the game –