CCTV networks has reported that over 116 million viewers in China watched Li Na win the French Open Ladies Singles final a few weeks ago.
This years French Open final attracted nearly twice as many viewers in China as the Australian Open final between Li Na and Kim Clijsters (60 million).
On average across the tournament only 35 million viewers in China watched the coverage everyday.
“The viewership numbers for Li Na’s historic Roland Garros win are a fantastic sign for the continued growth potential of women’s tennis in China,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.
167 million Chinese tuned in to watch the tennis competition during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The 2011 French Open final has officially become the single most watched tennis match in China’s history.