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China embraces Li's success

Updated: January 28, 2011, 4:51 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- After making history, Li Na turned on her cell phone and found 44 text messages.

Friends, family, players and sports officials were cheering her accomplishment at the Australian Open as a big step for her career and potentially a giant leap for China.

When Li walks onto Rod Laver Arena on Saturday for the championship match, it will be the first time a Chinese player will play in a Grand Slam singles final. A victory by Li could give a major boost to tennis ...

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