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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tong Kexin
Li Na's landmark French Open win Saturday drew a massive outpouring of support in China, captivating a nation where tennis' popularity has been growing rapidly.
Li Na may have fallen short of an Australian Open title, but she remains "the pride of China."
"People now can feel it, that Chinese tennis is just too tough. This has left a really deep impression on the world," announcer Tong Kexin said on state broadcaster CCTV. "Li Na truly deserves to be called a great champion."
"The meaning isn't just in victory," Tong said. "This will have a benefit on the sport that we perhaps can't measure just yet."