China welcomes Li Na after Roland Garros triumph

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It’s only now that Li Na has returned home after her last month’s historic victory at the French Open and the WTA organized a celebration in Beijing. The China’s first Grand Slam singles champion also attended a prize ceremony in her home province of Hubei, which awarded her with $94,000 and named her the Hubei Pioneer of Breakthrough.

Other than those two events, Li decided to rest at home and stay away from the limelight.

Since I have returned, I have tried my best to not go out if I can help it and just stay at home. Perhaps everyone’s recognition of me is greater and their expectations will be higher, but to me I don’t want to change the life I have been leading.

Li’s husband Jiang Shan was also present at the Beijing homecoming ceremony. They’ve been married for almost five and a half years.

Li’s win over Francesca Schiavone in the final of Roland Garros was the most-watched sporting event in China this year and the most-watched tennis match ever in the country.

You can see more nice photos from the event in WTA’s gallery. (via ESPN)

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