Li Na wins French Open, 1st major for Chinese

June 4, 2011 - 10:13 AM
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Li Na of China clenches her fist after scoring against Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

PARIS (AP) — China's long wait for a Grand Slam champion ended Saturday when Li Na beat Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the French Open final.

The Australian Open runner-up celebrated by falling flat on her back in the red clay after Schiavone hit a backhand long on match point.

The title was only Li's fifth in her career, and first on clay.

On Sunday, five-time champion Rafael Nadal will face Roger Federer in the men's final.