Kim In, Caroline Out
Published October 20, 2009 12:00
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - It was a mixed bag for the Top 2 seeds at the BGL Luxembourg Open Tuesday, with Caroline Wozniacki being bundled out of the tournament under unlucky circumstances and Kim Clijsters breezing by her first opponent as the first round continued at the International stop.
In the first match of the evening session, No.2 seed Clijsters continued right where she left off during her Grand Slam triumph in New York, easing past former Top 15 player Meghann Shaughnessy in an hour and 10 minutes, 62 62. Shaughnessy's big delivery helped her win four of her service games but Clijsters' big returns helped her break the American four times.
"I feel pretty good with my win today," said Clijsters, who had lost her first two career meetings with Shaughnessy but is 5-0 since. "It took some time to adjust to the court but I'm most happy with my forehand today. It allowed me to be aggressive and had Meghann under pressure. My first serve percentage probably could have been higher but overall I'm very pleased."
The second match of the evening session was strange, not only because of what happened, but the circumstances that led up to it. It was originally supposed to be No.1 seed Wozniacki facing US Open Cinderella story Melanie Oudin, but earlier in the day Oudin, suffering with illness, withdrew from the tournament. So, Luxembourg's Anne Kremer, who fell in the final round of qualifying on Monday, took the American teenager's spot as a lucky loser.
Kremer, who turned 34 years old last week, had had success against the Top 10 during her long career, beating members of the elite 10 times before, but nobody would have expected her to have the strong start she did. She broke early and served for the first set at 5-4, only to see Wozniacki get back on track, snatch a one set lead and barrel ahead to 5-0 in the second set.
But then, leading, 75 50, Wozniacki retired with a left hamstring strain.
"I felt good going into the match, but the injury suddenly happened," the 19-year-old Wozniacki, ranked No.6 in the world, said. "Sometimes injuries are unpredictable. I was looking forward to playing here and doing better than I did last year, and I'm sad this happened today and I had to retire."
Other first round winners were Roberta Vinci, Shahar Peer, Alizé Cornet, Patty Schnyder, Timea Bacsinszky, Katarina Srebotnik, Kirsten Flipkens and Polona Hercog. Vinci upset No.7 seed Kateryna Bondarenko.