FACTBOX-Tennis-The rise of China's women

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 MELBOURNE, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Milestones in the progress of
Chinese women's tennis after Li Na reached the final of the
Australian Open on Thursday:  	
 2004  	
 August - Sun Tiantian and Li Ting win China's first Olympic 	
gold medal in the sport in the women's doubles at the Athens 	
Games. 	
 October - Li Na is the first Chinese to win a WTA Tour 	
singles title, in Guangzhou. 	
 2005 	
 January - Zheng Jie wins her first WTA Tour title at Hobart.	
 2006 	
 January - Zheng Jie and Yan Zi win China's first grand slam 	
title in the women's doubles at the Australian Open. 	
 May - Zheng wins the first all-Chinese final at a WTA event 	
when Li Na withdraws injured from the Estoril final.  	
 June - Li Na becomes the first Chinese player to reach the 	
quarter-finals of grand slam at Wimbledon. Zheng and Yan win a 	
second grand slam doubles title.  	
 July - Li Na and Zheng lead China's team into the Fed Cup 	
World Group for the first time with a victory over Germany in 	
Beijing. 	
 August - Li Na becomes the first Chinese player to reach the	
top 20 in the world rankings. 	
 2008 	
 June - Zheng, a 133rd-ranked wildcard, beats top seed Ana 	
Ivanovic on her way to the semi-finals at Wimbledon, the first 	
Chinese to reach the last four at a grand slam.  	
 August - Zheng and Yan win bronze in women's doubles at the 	
Beijing Olympics, while Li Na misses out on a medal after defeat	
to Vera Zvonareva in the bronze medal match. 	
 2010 	
 January - Zheng and Li Na reach the last four at the 	
Australian Open, the first time China has had two players in the	
last four at a grand slam. Lose to Justine Henin and eventual
champion Serena Williams respectively.	
 - Li Na becomes the first Chinese player to reach the
women's top 10 in the world rankings.	
 June - Li Na wins her third WTA tour title at the Edgbaston
Classic Wimbledon warm-up, beating Maria Sharapova in the final.	
  - Li Na reaches quarter-finals at Wimbledon for a second
time, losing to Serena Williams.	
 2011	
 January - Li comes back from 5-0 down in the first set to
beat Kim Clijsters in the final and win the Sydney
International, her first "premier" level WTA title.	
 - Peng Shuai beats seventh seed Jelena Jankovic on her way
to her first grand slam fourth round appearance at Melbourne
Park. 	
 -  Li beats world number one and top seed Caroline Wozniacki
in the semi-finals of the Australian Open to become the first
Chinese to reach a grand slam singles final.   	
(Compiled by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by John O'Brien)	
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