Rafael Nadal Cruises, Kim Clijsters Upset At French Open
May 26th, 2011- By Bryan Cross
It was an active day at Roland Garros for the playing of the 2011 French Open, with several of the game’s top players taking to the court in hopes of advancing into the third round of the second Grand Slam of the season.
At the forefront of that list is Rafael Nadal.
After going five sets for the first time in his career at the French Open, Nadal was able to survive the upset bid by American John Ishner. Though in his second round, it was quite a bit easier for the No.1 ranked player in the world, as he won in straight sets over Pable Andujar 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
Nadal is trying to win a record-tying sixth French Open title this year. He boasts a career record of 40-1 in his matches at Roland Garros, failing to win the title in just one of his six previous appearances, back in 2009.
Elsewhere among the top seeds, No.2 Novak Djokovic, No.3 Roger Federer and No.4 Andy Murray advance into the third round with their wins on Thursday.
On the women’s side of the equation, a huge upset took place when Kim Clijsters was upset by Arantxa Rus 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Clijsters came into the French Open as the Overall favorite to win along with No.1 seed Carolina Wozniacki.
“I guess I’m still trying to figure it out,” Clijsters said following the match. “You know, I felt kind of in control. I started doubting a little bit. I think that’s on clay something for me [that] is definitely the wrong attitude to have.”
It’s so far the upset of the tournament, with Clijsters exiting early in a tournament she was predicted to win.
“I think when I was 5-2 down in the second set, I was thinking, ‘Just go for it and play more aggressive.’ And, yeah, that really helped,” Rus said after the match. “At 6-5 I had a really good serve game, and then I won the set. Then I was thinking, ‘Yeah, I can win this match.’”
Play continues through Thursday night as the second round comes to a close.