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Feb 4th, 2010, 08:42 PM


BEIJING, China - The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, the Chinese Tennis Association and Sony Ericsson welcomed Li Na and Zheng Jie back to China after their historic run to the semifinals of the Australian Open by hosting a national celebration in honor of the two Chinese heroes. The celebration took place in Beijing on Wednesday, February 3, during which Li and Zheng donated their tennis racquets and clothing to the Chinese Tennis Association's Youth Foundation, which supports grassroots growth of tennis in China.

The celebration, which took place at the Beijing Great Wall Sheraton, included a press conference and cocktail party. David Shoemaker, President of the Tour, and Sun Jinfang, head of the Chinese Tennis Association, were among those present at the event. Over 50 key Chinese media were also present, including CCTV (Chinese national TV station), Xinhua News Agency (the biggest news agency in China) and Sina.com (the biggest portal site in China).


"Congratulations to Li Na and Zheng Jie on their historic achievements at the Australian Open," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the Tour. "We witnessed history being made last week, which will undoubtedly ignite the growth of women's tennis even further in China, a market with infinite potential. I am thrilled the collective efforts of the Chinese Tennis Association and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to grow the sport in this part of the world are paying off."

Development of women's tennis in China is one of the Tour's strategic priorities. In 2008, the Tour made a significant step in the expansion of the sport into the Asia-Pacific region with the opening of its corporate office in Beijing. In addition to the overall efforts to grow tennis in China, the Beijing HQ complemented the initiative to award the China Open one of the most prestigious tournament sanctions on the Tour's calendar, featuring all of the Tour's top players and prize money of $4.5 million. In its inaugural year, the China Open was one of the best-attended tournaments. Designed to serve as a hub of all major marketing activities in the Asia-Pacific region, the Tour's Beijing office successfully executed the 2009 Chinese Tennis Festival, an event that promoted women's tennis in China in the lead-up to tournaments in Guangzhou and Beijing, introduced the Tour to Chinese consumers, and further spread the popularity of the sport in the region. A huge hit with fans and the media, the Chinese Tennis Festival reached 200,000 people - 70% of whom were under the age of 35 - and established tennis as the new favorite sport with thousands of Chinese fans.

Sony Ericsson, the Tour's global title sponsor and Roger Eriksson, President of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications China, presented Li and Zheng with a special personalized Sony Ericsson Satio phone, containing the video footage and photos of the players' triumphs at the Australian Open.

"Everyone at Sony Ericsson congratulates Li Na and Zheng Jie on their tremendous achievements at the Australian Open," Eriksson said. "Li Na and Zheng Jie have delighted us all in taking Chinese women's tennis higher than ever before. We at Sony Ericsson are extremely proud of these two amazing athletes and of their fantastic success."

The Chinese Tennis Association has been instrumental in the development of Li and Zheng. The players' unprecedented success is the culmination of tremendous efforts by the Chinese Tennis Association to grow women's tennis in China and will undoubtedly boost the sport in the world's most populous country. With the collective investment in tennis in China, Li and Zheng's success stories have laid a foundation for its future prosperity. The players' achievements are truly remarkable considering China started to proactively support tennis only a few years ago, mainly after the Chinese doubles team of Li Ting and Sun Tiantian captured a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Li and Zheng's recent success will undoubtedly propel tennis forward.


Feb 4th, 2010, 08:46 PM
Win more than 1 point next time you make the semis of a slam, Jie. :o

Feb 4th, 2010, 09:39 PM
I am sorry,I should be quiet in this threads,

Chinese medias getting this well.
hope they achieve great things again this year.

Feb 4th, 2010, 09:42 PM

Feb 4th, 2010, 09:47 PM
Good. It's well deserved and I'm happy for them.:)

Feb 4th, 2010, 10:59 PM

Feb 4th, 2010, 11:06 PM

Lord Choc Ice
Feb 4th, 2010, 11:07 PM
Golden Flower party :cheer:

Feb 4th, 2010, 11:08 PM
Na and Jie were great and performed super well.:clap2:

Feb 4th, 2010, 11:09 PM
Good for them. It's well deserved.

Lin Lin
Feb 4th, 2010, 11:10 PM
Na Li - Legend Killa - Victorys Over Serena, Pierce, Venus, Sharapova
Jie Zheng - WTA #1 Killa - Victorys Over Ivanovic, Safina
Zi Yan - Serb Killa - Victories Over Jankovic, Ivanovic
Shuai Peng - Slam Champ Killa - Victories Over Sharapova, Hingis, Mauresmo, Clijsters, Myskina
Shuai Zhang - WTA #1 Killa 2.0 - Victory Over Safina
Tian Tian Sun - GOAT/Headcase Killa - Victories over Serena, Azarenka, Schnyder


Lin Lin
Feb 4th, 2010, 11:11 PM
But,WTF were they wearing:unsure::help:especially Li Na:tape:

Feb 4th, 2010, 11:16 PM
Win more than 1 point next time you make the semis of a slam, Jie. :o

Ungh ungh...see you are not even right for that one Bijoux. She won 2 points.

In all seriousness though...great accomplishment for both Chinese players. While Jie's semifinal was disappointing, Li really pushed Serena in their match. The country of China should be very proud of their accomplishments. Lets just hope they continue to build on it and this isn't a flash in the pan for them.

Feb 4th, 2010, 11:17 PM
Good. It's well deserved and I'm happy for them.:)

Yeah :) :bounce:

Feb 4th, 2010, 11:29 PM
Tha Golden Flowers :tape: :help:

Feb 4th, 2010, 11:40 PM
But,WTF were they wearing:unsure::help:especially Li Na:tape:

It's better than your 法轮功 suits

Szavay #1
Feb 4th, 2010, 11:41 PM
so happy for them! li :hug: jie :hug:

Feb 5th, 2010, 12:06 AM
Interesting looking woman in the middle there......LOL.
Well done, I think it was a learning experience for both and they'll continue to be under-rated but prove people wrong.

Feb 5th, 2010, 12:39 PM

Feb 5th, 2010, 12:46 PM
David Shoemaker, President of the Tour
this guy should work for nike or adidas

Feb 5th, 2010, 02:33 PM
hope they improve their works and keep up the ranking

Feb 5th, 2010, 06:26 PM
Easily satisfied in China :lol::lol:

Feb 5th, 2010, 06:44 PM

Feb 5th, 2010, 07:36 PM
Golden Flowers :inlove: the future of tennis

Feb 5th, 2010, 07:42 PM
Easily satisfied in China :lol::lol:

If it was Henin and CLijsters in the semi we wouldve been treated to 20+ threads about it from you no doubt.