TORONTO, June 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - 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 Garros.
On her way to the title, Li Na knocked off former # 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 SpiderTech athlete.
Li Na is the first Chinese tennis player in history to win a major Open title.
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 # 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.