Tennis

China rewards Li for win

2011-07-05 10:55
Li Na (AP)

Beijing - China's Li Na, who made tennis history at this year's French Open by becoming the first Chinese Grand Slam singles title winner, has been honoured by her government -- and awarded a $92 000 cheque.

The government in Li's native Hubei province on Monday saluted the 29-year-old as a pioneer and handed her 600 000 yuan for her victory at Roland Garros last month, where she defeated Francesca Schiavone for the title.

"I truly feel that my success belongs not to myself but to the country," Li, who pocketed a cool $1.65 million in prize money for taking the title, said in comments reported on Tuesday by the official Xinhua news agency.

"Without the support from the government, the people and all my coaches, I would not have done this."

Li reached a career-high world number four ranking on her French Open success, but has since dropped back to sixth spot in the WTA rankings after being outgunned by Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the second round at Wimbledon.

The $3.16 million in prize money Li has raked in on tour this year - most of it from her French Open win and her run to the Australian Open final - amounts to just less than half her $6.5 million in career earnings.

Read more on:    li na
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Pedal power to hit Kouga this May

Hundreds of adrenaline junkies will descend on Kouga this May for the annual action-packed MySpar Mountain Bike Classic.

 
 

Outdoor

Extreme Kiteboarding in Pumping Conditions!
The Arctic becomes an unlikely surfing hotspot
A romantic holiday to beat the winter blues
Why should you do a 5k?
 
 
/News
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.