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Chinese Laud Li Na after Australian Open Win

  • January 28, 2014
  • By Chen Zhong
  • Editor: Leo Yin
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Chinese Laud Li Na after Australian Open Win
China's female tennis player Li Na storms to her second major singles title, battling past brave underdog Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 to win the on Rod Laver Arena on January 25, 2014, Beijing Time. [e23]
Despite the three days that have passed since China's female tennis star Li Na claimed her second Grand Slam title against Dominika Cibulkova, (7-6 (7/3), 6-0) in Saturday's Australian Open final, fans, the media and sponsors across the world are still paying close attention to her.

"She is also the first Asian player to clinch the Australian Open," said the Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency on its Weibo microblog.

The People's Daily, Chinese official newspaper, also praised Li on their Weibo post, proclaiming: "Congratulations Sister Na!"

Li's win fevered her fan's enthusiasm for her future games. According to a Hong Kong media report, Li was invited to take on former US Open champion Sam Stosur of Australia at a match during the second annual BNP Paribas Showdown, which will be held as part of World Tennis Day at the new Tseung Kwan O Velodrome in March.

Eighty percent of the 3,000 tickets have been sold out, with the two best seats, which are priced at priced HKD 3,000 (US$386) and HKD 2,500 (US$321), are also completely sold out due to fans scrambling to book a place to witness Li's charm.

Li's fans even created a new word, 'Naustralia' which was the combination of her given name 'Na' and the world 'Australia', to celebrate the 31-year-old's third Australian Open final on Twitter, and regarded Li a part of Australian tennis.

Creating a new buzzword is a way for fans to express their passion for their favorite idols.

Li has signed at least US$42 million worth of sponsorship deals, including deals with Mercedes-Benz, Rolex and Haagen Dazs, who believe that she may be the key to the lucrative Chinese market since she became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final in Melbourne in 2011, and then went on to win the French Open.

Experts said that Li's win would attract more international sponsors.

"Li Na will have a sponsorship deal with two new brands this year, but the total number of sponsors will still be 13," a source closed to Li disclosed.

Now a European luxury-related company, a real estate company, and an airline have contacted Li's team to extend their wishes to cooperate with the star.

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