Li Na serves Australia a tourism Grand Slam

Only recently Melbourne stood to lose the Asia Pacific Grand Slam to Shanghai, but Li Na's imminent appearance in the women's final is about to vindicate the $400 million invested to keep the event in Australia – big time.

The fact that China’s Li Na will play off in the Australian Open women’s final will achieve TV ratings of unprecedented proportions in China. It will be the biggest Asian tourism promotion Australia has achieved to date.

Yet if it were not for the vision of tennis officials and a state government, the 2013 Asia Pacific Grand Slam could so easily have been shifted from Melbourne to Shanghai.

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