There were several reasons available for Kim Clijsters after a shocking collapse in the second round of the French Open against a woman ranked 114th.
The second-seeded Clijsters could have pointed to her deeply taped accurate ankle, which she harmed while dancing barefoot at the wedding of her cousin previous month in considering her 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss to Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.
In relating how she controlled to squander two match points and drop 11 of the previous 12 games after leading 5-2 in the second set, the Belgian can have stated that she last entered the French Open in 2006 and had played a quantity of five clay-court matches wherever ever since.
Furthermore in making clear of her 65 unprompted mistakes – 43 over her challenger made – and 10 double-faults, Clijsters can have be reminiscent each one that she had not fought at all since late March because of that bum ankle and prior injuries to her right shoulder and wrist.
In its place, the winner of the previous Grand Slam titles, and four in general, pointed a finger directly at herself and a strange crisis of self-assurance.
Clijsters, the French Open runner-up in 2001 and 2003 said, “I started doubting a little bit. When you start doubting yourself on any surface — but for me, definitely on clay — it’s the wrong attitude to have.”
Clijsters as well gave credit to Rus, who entered the day with a 3-4 career record in major tournaments and just twice before had been to Court Philippe Chatrier and those visits were as a viewer.
Rus recognized she was worried at the onset, may be Clijsters is one of her desired players after giving one of the most shocking tennis results in current years.
Clijster said, “She obviously started building up more confidence, started playing a lot better, and was really kind of putting me on my back foot all the time. I couldn’t really play my aggressive tennis anymore in that third set.”
A related situation played out afterward in that stadium, excluding it was the important desired, three-time major champion Maria Sharapova, who came out to be down and out against an inexpert kid, Caroline Garcia, 17 years old French wild-card entry , before rolling off the final 11 games to win 3-6 6-4, 6-0.
She alleged she had problem dealing with wind that squalled at upward of 20 mph, which drew this remark from Rafael Nadal, “If you play good, seems like much less wind. If you are playing bad, seems like a hurricane.”
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Nadal said, “I am not playing that well. I am not happy, but I am here.”
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