Kim Clijsters, the player recognized by most as the current best player in women’s tennis, moved one win away from officially taking over that ranking from current #1 Caroline Wozniacki with her three set win over Kristina Barrois at the 2011 Open GDF Suez in Paris, 4-6 6-2 6-0. I am a bit worried, though, about these slow starts for Kimmie. In the Australian Open final it was understandable against a formidable Li Na. But at Fed Cup, she dropped the first set to Bethanie Mattek-Sands before winning and now again against Barrois. She shouldn’t lose sets to those latter two players. However, Kim did not look good in several rounds at the Australian Open but ended the tournament as the champion. I suppose it doesn’t matter how you win…just win.
Singles – First Round
(5) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 61 63
(6) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 75 36 62
(7/WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 76(1) 62
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 62 76(5)