Kim Clijsters, a former world No.1, and current world No.2, did not pass her second round test at the French Open, as Arantxa Rus defeated the Belgian with a score of 3-6 7-5 6-1.
Clijsters was holding a match point with a 6-3 5-2 lead, but squandered those points and ended up losing to the Dutch 20-year-old.
While this was Clijsters’ second clay-court tournament of the year, she took a good lead and had a match point at 5-2 and 5-4 in the second set, but Rus was able to find her confidence and win the second set, and then the third set, quite easily, to end the match.
“I’m still trying to figure it out,” Clijsters said. “I felt like she was missing quite a lot in the beginning of the rallies, and I felt I was moving her around well from side to side. Then I started doubting a little bit. That’s definitely the wrong attitude to have, especially for me on clay. She obviously started building up more confidence, playing a lot better and putting me on my back foot all the time. I couldn’t really play my aggressive tennis anymore in that third set.”
Some injuries have been holding Clijsters back recently, but she still chose to participate in the second Grand Slam of the year, after winning last year’s U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open.
Best of luck to Arantxa in the tournament!