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|French Open Finalist Li is Key to Boom in China
|PARIS (AP) -- With a racket in her hand, Li Na holds the key to a burgeoning tennis boom in China.
The 29 year old Li, who is trying to become the first from her country to win a Grand Slam singles title, will face defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the French Open final on Saturday.
The Australian Open runner-up says ``tennis is something of an overlooked sport in China. So I hope that it will become more common in China and that more and more people will become fans.''
In January, Li became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final before losing to Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open.
On Thursday, Li defeated Maria Sharapova and Schiavone stopped Marion Baroli to reach the French Open finals.
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