Arantxa Rus makes big news, upsets Kim Clijsters in second round

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Yet again women’s tennis is proving that it’s pointless to make any sort of prediction – Kim Clijsters was one of the favorites for the title, and even though she wasn’t considered undefeatable, who would have thought she would lose in the second round to world No.114 Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.

The 20-year-old Rus reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time, while Clijsters didn’t continue her Grand Slam winning streak of 15 matches which included the 2010 US Open and 2011 Australian Open titles. Also, Clijsters had been 31-0 in Grand Slams against players ranked outside the Top 100, and this is her worst result at Roland Garros since her debut at the tournament in 2000.

Final score of the match was 3-6 7-5 6-1. Clijsters committed 65 unforced errors, compared to Rus’ 22, and lost 9 of the last 10 games. However, the Belgian looked sharp early on, before the momentum shifted when she wasted two match points in the second set, one at 5-2 and one at 5-4.

Clijsters said that her ankle injury wasn’t responsible for the loss:

My ankle feels fine, that had absolutely nothing to do with it. If I felt like I wasn’t as ready as I would have liked to be, I wouldn’t have come here.

But, it’s still not fully clear to her what  exactly happened in her head:

I’m still trying to figure it out. 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.

The defeat of the world No.2 implies that top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki will for sure keep that position upon the French Open. (source: WTA Tour, photos: krissaconnection, Ralf Reinecke)


  1. Big suprise however I never truly believed she’d be able to win this tournament. I will be about Caro and maybe Vika. I don’t think Maria is going to get to the final because she looked pretty bad for the first part of the match with Garcia. The young girl just outsmarted her but then got a bit too nervous. Shame.

  2. Clijsters out, Maria shaky, JJ playing well, LI shaky, wozzy haven’t been able to watch her matches or many others. I say JJ wins in 3 sets in the final

  3. I have to say that I was wrong when I said that kim was able to win rolanga…mmm anyone have posibilities this year! Caroline,Vika, Francesca, Sam (I hope to not, because i want gisela to win tomorrow), Masha, Kutnesova, Julia, Jelena, Is going to be a big suprise to se rg woman champion this year!
    However i want caroline to win it because she must win a slam! I find francesca very funny so she also can be my champion..or julia
    That little girl Rus was very pretty 🙂

  4. It’s wide open now with Caroline losing. Victoria Azarenka will never have a better chance to win a Grand Slam Title.


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