Tennis: China netizens turn on Li Na after outburst following French Open defeat
BEIJING (AFP) - China's only Grand Slam winner Li Na was the object of widespread media and online criticism in her home country on Friday after a graceless response to her French Open defeat.
Li, who won the tennis tournament in 2011 to seal her place as one of China's sporting stars, crashed out on Thursday 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to unseeded American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a rain-interrupted second-round match.
At the post-match press conference, the sixth seed reacted tersely when asked if she had an explanation for her fans at home.
"Do I need to explain?" she replied in Mandarin. "It's strange. I lost a game and that's it. Do I need to get on my knees and kowtow to them? Apologise to them?"