US Open Gallery: A Belgian Farewell In NY
Kim Clijsters won her first match in the mixed doubles and was given a very special presser.
Published September 01, 2012 12:00
Varvara Lepchenko was first up on Arthur Ashe Stadium taking on defending champion Sam Stosur.
Sam Stosur edged Varvara Lepchenko in the first set tie-break then cruised to a 76(5) 62 victory.
Over on Louis Armstrong Stadium, Laura Robson was carving out her first Top 10 win over Li Na.
Laura Robson became the first Brit to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam since 1998 Wimbledon.
Marion Bartoli rallied from 4-2 down in the second set to close out Kristina Mladenovic, 62 64.
Maria Sharapova followed on Ashe with a 61 61 demolition of college tennis star Mallory Burdette.
Maria Sharapova won the US Open in 2006 but has not been back to the quarterfinals since then.
No.15 seed Lucie Safarova suffered a minor upset later on to No.19 seed Nadia Petrova, 64 75.
The Williams sisters kept their perfect season record intact with a straight set victory on Ashe.
Kim Clijsters was consoled by Bob Bryan after a mis-hit on an overhead that landed beside her.
Kim Clijsters was given a proper farewell by the Belgian press after her mixed doubles victory.
But it's not over yet - Kim Clijsters lives on in the mixed. She will play her next round Saturday.