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Reaction after Shanshan Feng becomes the first Chinese player to win LPGA event

Tuesday, June 12 2012 by SNTV
  • Intro:

    Unlike the overwhelming reports on Li Na's success in French Open last year, there is hardly any reports in the domestic media after Shanshan Feng won the first LPGA title for China.

    Fans are proud of the Chinese player - but most of them cannot believe why there is such a big difference in the media attention about her achievement and Li Na's.


    Few people in China seem aware of their latest sporting hero.

    Golfer Shanshan Feng triumphs in her first LPGA title in the United States, her first major.

    "I am feeling very proud as a Chinese because we only introduced golf in China in recent years. It is not easy for a Chinese to have such a great achievement. "

    Residents of Beijing welcome the news when they hear about it.

    The headlines of the domestic newspapers occupied with the reports of Euro 2012, NBA finals and tennis.

    A huge difference compared to the overwhelming coverage by the Chinese media on Li Na's win in last year's French Open.

    "I feel it is very strange. This is news of the same weight as the tennis grand slam title that Li Na won last year. However, there has been no reports (on local media), I am really curious about it."

    Is this because there are too many top sports events happening at the same time and the Chinese media hasn't paid enough attention to Feng's triumph on the LPGA Tour?

    Not exactly, according to golf commentator Wang Zhongdong.

    "We are really waiting a brand new understanding in the country on golf sport, which is brought by the achievement of Shanshan. We hope that her achievement will help the government leaders and the mainstream media in China to start paying attention on the healthy development of golf in China. We hope that Shanshan's win can be a milestone and a turning point for the development of golf in our country."

    Golf has yet to become popular in China and the government actively discourages golf courses in the country.

    Feng's success may well change that approach.

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