BEIJING - Following are China's top ten sports news in 2011 selected by Xinhua:
1. Li Na made history in January by becoming the first Chinese and Asian tennis player to enter a Grand Slam singles final at Australian Open.
Later in June, she notched the first-ever grand slam singles title for China and Asia, beating defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the French Open final.
3. The "Gentle Giant" Yao Ming announced his retirement as a professional basketball player in July in Shanghai. The 2.26-meter Shanghai native, who played eight seasons in the NBA after Houston Rockets chose him as the top overall pick in the 2002 draft, has been plagued with a series of injuries. The 31-year-old averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds and has been named to the NBA All-star team eight times.
4. Chinese swimmer Sun Yang won the men's 1,500m freestyle gold medal with a new world record at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai this July. Sun clocked a winning time of 14:34.14, beating the world record of 14:34.56 set by Australian Grant Hackett on July 29, 2001.
Chinese divers also stunned the pool by sweeping all of the ten diving gold medals on offer during the FINA worlds.
5. Shenzhen hosted the largest-ever World University Games which was opened in August, attracting some 12,000 student athletes, coaches and officials from 152 countries and regions.