Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kim Clijsters moves easily into Aussie Open 3rd round

Clijsters made light work of Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, winning 6-1 6-3, and then left courtside interviewer Todd Woodbridge red-faced.

In their post-match exchange, the Belgian informed the crowd the Channel Seven commentator had been wondering from afar as to whether Clijsters was pregnant.

And Clijsters, who had been shown a text message Woodbridge had sent fellow commentator Rennae Stubbs during the Sydney International last week, wasted no time setting the record straight.

"You thought I was pregnant," she laughed.

A clearly-embarrassed Woodbridge asked the question, to the laughter of Rod Laver Arena, but Clijsters dispelled any rumours.

"No, I'm not. But let me tell you what the text message said. You said: 'She looks really grumpy and her boobs are bigger!'"

Later, Woodbridge said he had learned his lesson.

"It's my first texting error and I'll never do it again," he said.

"I've got a bone to pick with Stubbsy though."

While the crowd at Melbourne Park lapped up the post-match banter, they also revelled watching another super performance from Clijsters, who easily progessed to the third round.

The women's No.3 seed took just over an hour to win and while Suarez Navarro offered slightly more resistance than Clijsters' first-up opponent Dinara Safina - who failed to win in the pair's first-round clash - the Belgian star was never in any serious danger and powered to another comfortable victory.

She claimed the opening set 6-1 in just 23 minutes.

Clijsters then raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set before Suarez Navarro lifted, rallying to break Clijsters' serve and then hold to give the champ something to think about.

But Clijsters held her next game to love to make it 4-2. From there it was simply a matter of time.

Before I address the match itself I just wanna say in regards to Todd Woodbridge that it's pretty clear what he was paying more attention to :D.

Good on Kim for putting him in his place :P.

As for the match itself there's really not much to say, other then it was a snooze-fest.  No challenge for Kim.

I'm actually a bit worried that she's winning so easily early on.

What's gonna happen when she comes across an opponent who can actually play well?.

Will it be the same scenario as last year's Aussie Open?.

And the concentration lapses are still a bit worrisome, on the other hand I can't really blame her, when the only opponent you have to beat is yourself it can be hard to keep your head in the game.

And I do recall her being very streaky all throughout last year's U.S. Open and coming out the day of the final and demolishing Zvonareva.

So I guess that's no real indication.  Congrats Kim on another easy win!.

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