TORONTO, June 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Tennis superstar Li Na beat the 2010
French Open champion Francesca Schiavone to capture the 2011 French
Open title in straight sets, 6-4 and 7-6, on the clay courts at Roland
On her way to the title, Li Na knocked off former No. 1 world-ranked
Maria Sharapova in straight sets in the semifinals to advance to her
second consecutive major final.
In every match, she wore the unmistakable SpiderTech Spider Tape on her knee to support her performance. Li Na is a proud
Li Na is the first Chinese tennis player in history to win a major Open
In January, Na became the first Chinese woman ever to reach the final of
the Australian Open.
Canadian-based SpiderTech is the world leader in pre-cut and
ready-to-apply kinesiology tape. SpiderTech's aim is to aid and support
an athlete's performance, injury prevention, and pain management.
"We could not be more proud of our SpiderTech athlete Li Na," said Sid
Mitchell, CEO SpiderTech. "We are so pleased we could play a small part
in helping her to victory. Li is a wonderful ambassador for our brand.
As we continue to build SpiderTech globally, world-class partner
athletes like Li Na play an important role in our growth."
The soft clay courts of the French Open are known to be the toughest of
the four major Opens. The surface puts more of an additional strain on
a player's body than any traditional hard surface. The 2011 tournament
has seen several players withdraw from competition, from both the
women's and men's draws, due to injury.
"SpiderTech kinesiology therapy tape products provide me the comfort and
support that I need to perform my best on the court. SpiderTech's
superior materials and adhesives give a better feel, last longer, and
retain the physical integrity that I need to keep playing harder,
longer," said Na who has been wearing a visible knee Spider for the entire tournament on the clay courts.
With the title, Li Na moves to No. 4 in the official world rankings.
SpiderTech is the Canadian developer and world leader of pre-cut and
ready-to-apply kinesiology tape. SpiderTech is committed to excellence
and innovation in athletic performance, management of pain and
myofascial dysfunction, and injury prevention, through the use of
specialized elastic tape applications.
SpiderTech's focus is on the development and manufacturing of products
and therapy protocols that meet the demands of today's athlete, health
care therapist, or athletic trainer.
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