Li beats Peng in all-China Shenzhen final

Last Updated: Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 15:23

Shenzhen: Chinese superstar Li Na beat compatriot Peng Shuai in straight sets on Saturday to win the Shenzhen Open tennis tournament.

Li, Asia`s highest-ranking player in tennis history and the top seed at the WTA tournament, downed Peng, who was seeded fifth, 6-4, 7-5.

Li, 31, was the defending Shenzhen Open champion. She is currently ranked number three in the world.

Her success has sparked new Chinese interest in tennis as well as a swell of national pride.

China`s state broadcaster CCTV named her rise its number two sports story of 2013.

AFP

First Published: Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 15:23

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