09.20.06

Liu upset in Athens; China Open begins

Posted in Tennis, Track and Field/Athletics at 11:42 pm by Nicole

Liu Xiang is in the middle of a busy two weeks – last weekend he ran as part of Asia’s team at the IAAF World Cup in Athens, and this weekend he’ll defend his title at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix. Liu was upset in Athens by American Allen Johnson, who, astonishingly, is as much a household name in China as Liu himself is…The Chinese have a great deal of respect for Johnson for his longevity (he was the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles) and sportsmanship.

Johnson beats Father Time as well as Liu and Robles (IAAF.org)

In women’s tennis, the China Open has begun in Beijing, and Li Na, China’s top singles player, won her first match, as did Zheng Jie, who has had tremendous success in both singles and doubles this year.

Li, Kirilenko win China openers (The Sports Network)

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