Kim Clijsters continued her strong start to the Australian Open with a dominant win against stylish Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro last night. Suarez Navarro was run ragged by Clijsters, who looked in superb form once more, with the Belgian able to place the ball anywhere she wished on the court. It was another convincing win in straight sets, at a loss of just four games, for the US Open champion.
Sam Stosur was also a commanding victory on Rod Laver Arena with the home favourite beating Vera Dushevina 6-3, 6-2. Compatriot, Alicia Molik, was less fortunate losing to the 14th seeded Russian, Nadia Petrova.
Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic became the biggest casualty of the ladies draw thus far with a straight sets defeat to Shuai Peng. Jankovic, the 7th seed went down 7-6, 6-3 after a poor performance that saw the former world number one make 39 unforced errors. To compound matters for Jankovic she led the opening set 5-2 before losing focus, and the tiebreak.
Maria Kirilenko, a surprise quarter finalist last year, was beaten comfortably by Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic in straight sets and will be rewarded with a third round tie against 16th seed, Anastasia Pavlychenkova, who had a straight sets win over Kristina Barrois.
Second seed, Vera Zvonareva, overcame a slow start to win in three sets against Bojana Jovanovski and will play 31st seed, Lucie Safarova, in the next round.
In the men’s competition, Rafa Nadal dominated his match against Ryan Sweeting. The top seed wasted little time, and energy, in defeating the American in straight sets. Bernard Tomic has the unenviable task of meeting Nadal in the next round after the Australian defeated 31st seed, Felciano Lopez, in straight sets after a close match that saw two tie breaks. Tomic will be buoyed by the home crowds support, but Nadal will be a short priced favourite in the match.
In other matches the fourth seed, Robin Soderling, enjoyed a straight sets win against Gilles Muller with Marin Cilic, a semi finalist last year, also a comfortable winner. The Croatian defeated Columbian Santiago Giralso but 10th seed, Mikhail Youzhny, was pushed to five sets by Blaz Kavcic and will play Canadian Milos Raonic who had a memorable straight sets win over Michael Llodra.
The other men’s seed to fall was 30th seed, Thomaz Bellucci, who was beaten 8-6 in the fifth set by Jan Hernych.