2011 French Open - Day 14 action
China's Li Na (left), the No. 6 seed, earned a 6-4, 7-6 (0) victory over No. 5 Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the French Open women's championship match in Paris.
As Francesca Schiavone's shot sailed wide, Li Na sank to her back in relief and celebration.
Standing her ground
No. 6 Li Na of China played with confidence in holding off No. 5 Francesca Schiavone of Italy, the defending champion, to win the 2011 French Open women's singles title by a 6-4, 7-6 (0) score. on June 4, 2011. The victory gave her the first Slam singles title ever for a Chinese player.
Coming up short
Looking to become just the sixth player in the Open era to defend her French Open title, Italy's Francesca Schiavone couldn't pull off that feat, losing in straight sets to China's Li Na on Day 14 at Roland Garros.
Blistering ground strokes helped No. 6 Li Na of China power her way to 31 winners and 24 unforced errors in the women's final, while No. 5 Francesca Schiavone of Italy hit 12 winners to 17 unforced errors.
Tough day on clay
While No. 5 Francesca Schiavone of Italy saved six break points on her serve, she still was broken twice by No. 6 Li Na of China. Schiavone converted just one of her two break point chances.
Admiring her shot
Prior to the 2011 French Open, No. 6 Li Na had lost three times in the third round and once in the fourth round at Roland Garros. This time she made it all the way to the final, winning her first Grand Slam singles title.
Eye on the ball
No. 5 Francesca Schiavone of Italy won a total of 65 points and lost 75 against No. 6 Li Na of China on June 4, 2011.
Running it down
Winning the 2011 French Open gave Li Na just the fifth title overall in her tennis career.
Combined, Francesca Schiavone and Li Na were the oldest pair in a women's Grand Slam final since Wimbledon in 1998, when Jana Novotna, 29, beat Nathalie Tauziat, 30. Schiavone is 30, and Li is 29.