116 million Chinese watch Li Na win

Updated: June 8, 2011, 5:58 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- The WTA says Li Na was watched by 116 million TV viewers in China when she won the country's first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open.

The 29-year-old Li beat defending champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (0) on Saturday.

WTA chairman Stacey Allaster says the audience was the biggest for a tennis match in China and is a "fantastic sign for the continued growth potential of women's tennis in China."

Citing figures from state broadcaster CCTV, the WTA says the previous highest Chinese TV audience for a sporting event this year was when 60 million viewers saw Li lose to Belgium's Kim Clijsters in the Australian Open final in January.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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