China bags Asiad Team Tennis title after 24 years

09:04, November 18, 2010      

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China's Zhang Shuai, Yan Zi, Peng Shuai and Li Na (L to R) pose for photos with their gold medals after they win the Women's Team Tennis title at the Guangzhou Asian Games on Nov 16, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

Wimbledon semifinalist Li Na led host China to capture the Team Tennis title on Tuesday at the 16th Asian Games, accomplishing her Asiad tour with three consecutive victories.

It has been 24 years since China bagged the Team Tennis title in Seoul Asian Games in 1986.

Live television coverage allowed China's millions of tennis fans watch China's tennis "Golden Flowers" accomplish the dream of retaining the Asiad title.

Li, currently world number 11, carried on her dominance in the previous two singles of the Team competitions, and beat Chinese Taipei top seed Chan Yung-Jan 6-1, 6-1 in the final.

After bustling into a 6-1 lead, the Chinese top favourite rolled on in the second set with her powerful baseline shots and accurate hits, and posted another 6-1 against Chan Yung-Jan.

Li did not give her rival any openings, breaking her serves twice in the first set, and four times in the second set, never looking back to notch the win.

"I felt excited when I was on court and I did not feel much pressure," said Li. "We lost the gold at the Doha Asian Games, and this time we were fully prepared."

Her opponent appreciated Li's "excellent" skills, saying she could not control Li's cross shots.

"Even if we failed to defend the title, it does not mean that we aren't making progress," said Chan Yung-Jan.
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