LI NA - LANDMARK OF HOPE GIVER
Another landmark record was created by Miss Li Na. She is the first, both Asian and Chinese woman tennis champion, who won a grand slam single title at the French Open last Sunday, June 5, 2011. Her spirit really fuels hope to many Asian, especially those sportsmen and sportswomen who decided to pursue this sport as their careers. Her recent victory flooded the Chinese media last Sunday.
This great news in a way has proven the criticism that Asian body feature is not designed for tennis is totally unacceptable and unfounded. At the same time, it also proves a point that what is intangible is more important than tangible. Her confidence and powerful mindset put her in the best to beat her tough companion, the defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (7/0) in the French Open final to win her first Grand slam Title. With this, she not only opens new door for Asians to this sport and also fuels hope to lots of inspiring Asian players, who intend to venture into new ventures to seek their fortunes.
Having said the above, she also illustrates a point well that God does not play favour but gives an equal opportunity to everyone so long she believe in it. Although, it was an uphill task for her to defeat her component, it did not mean that it was impossible for her to do so. I would say that it was because of her "I'm possible" spirit made her to win this game. Thus, her victory at the French Open will raise her value as a spokeswoman for brands which are trying to reach China’s new consumers.
Li, currently ranked Top 4 in the WTA women’s standings, up from No. 7 before her three-set victory last Saturday in Paris. BIG congratulation to this cheerful sports woman. It was reported in February this year, she joined tennis stars Roger Federer and Ana Ivanovic on the endorsement roster for luxury watch brand Rolex in a deal of undisclosed value and also signed a multi-year deal with Haagen Daaz ice cream reported to be valued at up to $1 million a year. This has put the rewards to the sportswomen on par, if not better than celebrities.
Rolex put up a congratulatory advertisement for her victory almost instantly after her victory last Saturday on the front page of its web site featuring Li's picture in action next to the specs for its diamond- and sapphire-encrusted steel and white gold Datejust watch.
Most Chinese news web sites, newspapers and television and radio stations featured in bold type and at the top of their broadcasts the history-making victory by the self-deprecating 29-year-old former badminton player who once gave up tennis for two years to study journalism in the following early morning of her victory. She truly made her country and people feel proud of her achievement.
The official Xinhua News Agency declared “Li Na wins first-ever grand slam tennis singles title for China and Asia,” on its web site above a story about an attempted assassination of the president of China’s close ally Pakistan.
As usual, Li now is not exempted from taking a ride on her victory to more commercial endorsements which are trying to reach China’s increasingly confident and brand conscious consumers. This group estimated of about 200 million whose richest members comprise the world’s fastest growing market for luxury brands.
Li, who has begun playing tennis at age 9 and ranked No. 35 on the Forbes list of Chinese celebrities after her defeat in Australia. She has not wasted her effort and improved herself tremendously. With this victory, she has definitely put herself in a ranking which now also surely will be much better of. Well done, Li Na and keep the flame on.
And last, but not least, we hope you too find the above story not only inspiring, but also drive you to move forward to your destination.
Before you leave, please click at the title of the post to watch the video of her action in the above match that put her shines.
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