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As James Blake warmed up for a match Monday at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center stadium, all he had to do was look over his left shoulder to get a glimpse of the player he used to be.
Li Na's landmark French Open victory sparked celebrations and recognition throughout Asia on Sunday, while China's state media told its athletes to learn from her as they prepare for the London Olympics.
"She is undoubtedly the product of the Chinese government, which put a lot of budget and effort into sending her to international events," he said. "If our government does the same, we will have a lot of good players as well."
"I'm sure that a lot of Chinese kids will play tennis more because of her," he said.