China’s Li Na versus Kim Clijsters in the Australian Open

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So tonight in the Australian Open, China’s Li Na does battle against Kim Clijsters for what could be China’s first grand slam victory. Li Na has been a surprise to many people, seeming to come from nowhere. Of course that’s largely because she’s Chinese and not one of these glam blonde bimbos who get buried in sponsorship deals and then fail to achieve.

Li has actually been around for quite some time, is ranked number 9 and is proving that she can be a real force to be reckoned with. In her previous game versus world number one, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, Li came back from one set down and match point, to claim the win.

She has endeared herself to the Australian media with her frank comments about her husband’s snoring, made even more charming by her broken English.

While I like both players, I am really hoping Li Na does win. She seems like a genuinely nice person, and it cracks me up every time I see her husband’s face when she pokes fun at him. If she does in fact win, expect the Chinese to go nuts about it, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if a whole array of tennis work camps popped up all over the country, trying their hardest to ‘cultivate’ more Chinese champions.

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