Chinese tennis fans tracking Li Na's French Open progress

    Li Na is the only Chinese singles player remaining at the French Open following Saturday's third-round results.

    Story highlights

    • Defending champion Li Na reaches the fourth round of the French Open
    • Fans in her native China can watch her progress at special exhibition in Beijing
    • The 30-year-old has become one of the world's highest-paid female athletes
    • She is joined in the last 16 at Roland Garros by world No. 2 Maria Sharapova
    While Li Na was battling to keep her French Open title defense alive on Saturday, the scene of last year's triumph was being recreated in her native China.
    Such has been the impact of Asia's first grand slam singles champion in her homeland that tennis chiefs are seeking to bring a bit of Roland Garros to Beijing.
    A clay court and two giant screens have been set up in one of the city's major shopping malls for an interactive experience that will last until the tournament ends on June 10.
    "I'm very pleased that a country like China follows our prestigious tournament," French Tennis Federation president Jean Gachassin said in a statement.
    "For us, it's an extraordinary opportunity to promote clay-court tennis. I'd like to heartily thank the Chinese Tennis Federation for welcoming us on their home soil for this fabulous event."
    Courting a country with a population of 1.3 billion makes sense for any sport serious about global growth, and the exhibition has been backed by major sponsors such as Longines, Lacoste and Peugeot.