Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Li now focusing on Wimbledon

The new French Open champion Li Na is now looking ahead to Wimbledon and is dreaming of more Grand Slam trophies.

The Chinese star became the first person from Asia to win one of tennis's Grand Slam tournaments when she beat defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) in the French Open final at the weekend.

As a result, the 29-year-old has risen up the world rankings to number nine and she has revealed she is heading straight to England, rather than back to China to celebrate, as she wants to prepare properly for Wimbledon. Those who have placed Wimbledon bets on her will be pleased with this attitude.

Li reckons focusing on Wimbledon is the "best thing" for her and her team to do after the French Open glory, and she will go back to China to lap up the plaudits after SW19.

The quarter-final stage is the furthest Li has made it at Wimbledon previously, in both 2006 and 2010, but after reaching the Australian Open final and winning the French Open in 2011 she has to be full of confidence going into the third Grand Slam of the year.

"When you have the first one, naturally you will think about the second one," Li said.

Looking ahead to Wimbledon's grass courts, she added: "Now I have more confidence playing on other surfaces."

Defending champion Serena Williams will be the favourite to win the Wimbledon title this year, despite a year out of the game through injury. As Wimbledon best bets go though, she doesn't look the greatest.

The 29-year-old has not won since winning the Wimbledon title 12 months ago due to injury, but she is making her comeback in Eastbourne next week to build up fitness ahead of SW19.

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