Maria Sharapova Avoids Second Round Upset At Roland Garros 2011; Kim Clijsters Doesn’t

Maria Sharapova

How good was 17-year old Caroline Garcia in her match with Maria Sharapova in the second round of Roland Garros 2011? So good that none other than the legendary Martina Navratilova tweeted that one day Caroline will be the #1 ranked player in the world. That might happen one day, but unfortunately her great play was not good enough to beat Masha on this day. Masha already been the #1 ranked player in the world and is seeking the career Grand Slam in Paris. She knows how to fight back and she did. After finding herself reeling and down 3-6 1-4, Masha won 11 straight games, focusing and reducing her errors, finally emerging victorious 3-6 6-4 6-0.

Kim Clijsters

65 errors. That’s all you need to know about Kim Clijsters’ game in her second round loss to Arantxa Rus. Kimmie managed 28 winners and 65 errors for an almost unbelievable -37 difference. It’s actually a testament to the rest of her game that she actually held two match points in the second set. But after losing those opportunities, the upset was on as Kim disintegrated. But is this entirely unexpected? Maybe so soon and to this player. But Kim came straight into Roland Garros off an injury with no match play for a month. Her impatience on points is also not suited to clay. Although I believe, and the last two Majors, the US Open and Australian Open showed, that Kim when healthy and playing her best is superior to every player left in the women’s draw, even she cannot just think she can come into Roland Garros and conquer the clay with zero match play preparation.

Singles – Second Round
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. (2) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 36 75 61
(4) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 60 61
(6) Li Na (CHN) d. (Q) Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 64 75
(7) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (WC) Caroline Garcia (FRA) 36 64 60
(9) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 64 61
(12) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Sania Mirza (IND) 62 64
(15) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 76(2) 62
(16) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (Q) Heather Watson (GBR) 61 63
(21) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 64 75
(24) Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 76(4) 64
(25) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 61 64
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (27) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 62 75
(30) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (WC) Iryna Brémond (FRA) 63 64
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 76(5)
Vania King (USA) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 46 61 64
(Q) Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 61 64

MARIA SHARAPOVA

KIM CLIJSTERS

HEATHER WATSON

AYUMI MORITA

VICTORIA AZARENKA

LI NA

2 thoughts on “Maria Sharapova Avoids Second Round Upset At Roland Garros 2011; Kim Clijsters Doesn’t

  1. Maria got lucky. If Caroline Garcia had not got tight and cautious she would have won.

    She has certainly got talent. Let’s hope she can learn from this and progress. The women’s game need some fresh teenage talent to inject some new life into it.

    • Do you share Martina’s opinion that we are watching a future #1 in Caroline? That’s quite a compliment, especially coming from Martina…but such heightened expectations can also be a burden.

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