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China and Asia savor Li Na's win

Updated: June 5, 2011, 8:40 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Li Na's landmark French Open victory sparked celebrations and recognition throughout Asia on Sunday, while China's state media told its athletes to learn from her as they prepare for the London Olympics.

"She is now the pride of Asia," said retired Thai player Paradorn Srichaphan.

Li's victory over defending champion Francesca Schiavone on Saturday came at 11 p.m. in Beijing on a holiday weekend, but Chinese state television rebroadcast the match Sunday and it was on the ...

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