Woz Wins Under Radar; Clijsters Clunky Start at Australian Open; X-Notes
by Staff | January 16th, 2012, 11:04 am
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World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is not high on critic’s lists to end her Grand Slam drought at the 2012 Australian Open, so the microscope has moved to the walking wounded parade of former Slam champs such as Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.


Clijsters, coming off hip and abdominal injuries over the past few months, overcame some early nerves in her opening round on Monday to see off Portugal’s Maria Joao Koehler 7-5, 6-1.

The 28-year-old defending champion said it was a moment she had been waiting for a while after missing the last three months of 2011.

“Good nerves. I had that excitement,” Clijsters said. “I wanted to go out there and I wanted to start playing. I’ve had that ever since we came to Australia. I had a good off-season where we worked obviously to try to be in good shape for Australia, then you want to put that to the test and play those matches again.”

The maligned Wozniacki was also a winner Monday, rolling over Aussie Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 6-1.

Wozniacki said she made no effort to make major changes in her game during the off-season, but improvements come naturally.

“I think you improve all the time, small bits and pieces here and there,” the Dane said. “Then there is things you forget to work on because they’re great, and then you need to work on that. There’s always things you need to improve in your game. That’s why tennis is so interesting but also so frustrating on the practice court, because you’re never perfect…I’ve always played a game where I mix it up quite a bit. So definitely I’ve worked on that, as well.”

Other Top 10 winners were (3) Victoria Azarenka losing only one game to Brit Heather Watson, (5) Li Na easing past Ksenia Pervak 6-3, 6-1, (8) Aggie Radwanska surviving a tough draw against American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-2, and (10) Francesca Schiavone dropping only four games against Spain’s Laura Pous-Tio.

“I was feeling end of the first set really heat on the court,” the defending runner-up Na said. “Also I was feeling no air. I couldn’t breathe. Like I was feeling like, ‘What’s going on?’…So lucky I win so easy in the second set.”

Three seeded players were upset Monday as Russian qualifier Nina Bratchikova ousted (19) Flavia Pennetta in three, American Christina McHale straight-setted (24) Lucie Safarova, and Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva defeated (28) Yanina Wickmayer in straights.

Highlights for Tuesday in Melbourne include (2) Petra Kvitova vs. Russian Vera Dushevina, (6) Samantha Stosur in a tough draw vs. Sorana Cirstea, hard-hitting Austrian Tamira Paszek vs. (12) Serena Williams, wily Argentine veteran Gisela Dulko vs. (4) Maria Sharapova, and a battle of former Top 10ers in Jelena Dokic vs. Anna Chakvetadze.
  
 
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2 Comments for Woz Wins Under Radar; Clijsters Clunky Start at Australian Open; X-Notes

BT Says:

Disappointing loss from Stosur. I swear there are two different Stosur’s in her head. This was NOT the good one.


Humble Rafa Says:

I hate to give credit to Lendl


Reason why McEnroe, The Angry One, is a good commentator and analyst. Never forgive your enemies. Never.

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