Clijsters beats Ivanovic in Brisbane
Tue, 03 Jan 14:05:00 2012
Clijsters started superbly with a crushing assault on the Ivanovic serve, and the Serb looked shell-shocked early on as she struggled to settle.
The Belgian took the opening set 6-1 in emphatic fashion, but proceeded to take her eye off the ball and was caught by a resurgent Ivanovic.
Clijsters lost the second set 6-1 - a reversal of the first - but managed to regroup and regain her composure for the decider.
Ivanovic was unable to sustain her second set intensity, and succumbed to her opponent, losing the third 6-3 as Clijsters sealed her place in the third round.
Second favourite Petkovic of Germany needed a tie-break to claim the first set against Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova but raced through the second set to win 7-6(2) 6-0.
Petkovic told AAP that her rise from 315th in the world to 10th in three years is "crazy".
"Yeah, it's a little crazy. It went a little fast," she said. "Two years ago, I was [world number] 60, last year I was 30, now I'm 10.
"This year is really a test of me to see if I can really cope with all of that and then see if I can become a better player."
The only WTA player to reach the quarter-finals at three Grand Slams last year, she added that she is ready to focus on them again in 2012.
"My overall goal was always to be in the top 10," she said. "I reached that so right now I'm just trying to focus on improving my game.
"It's not so easy because you want to win but improving your game sometimes costs you matches. But I have to change those things if I want to be able to win the big titles."
Third-seeded Italian Schiavone eased through 6-4 6-4 against Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva.