FACTBOX-Tennis-Open-The rise of China's women

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 PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) - Milestones in the progress of
Chinese women's tennis after Li Na reached the final of the
French 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.
 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.
 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, losing to Kim
Clijsters.
 - Li reaches a second consecutive grand slam final at the
French Open after beating Maria Sharapova in the last four.
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