Wimbledon women - 3rd Round - Women

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
BelgiumK Clijsters66---
Russian FederationM Kirilenko33---

Live Comments

  1. 13:18 - So Clijsters will now have two days off before returning to the All England Club on Monday when she will take on the winner between 17th seed Justine Henin and 15th-seeded Nadia Petrova

  2. 6-3 - WINNER! An amazing display of defence from Kirilenko as she races all round the court getting balls back into tricky positions that she had no right to even get too. But in the end her forehand at full stretch drops just long of the baseline and that brings up a first match point for Clijsters. And unfortunately it ends when Kirilenko double faults

  3. 5-3 - Ace number five from Clijsters brings up three game points, but she only needs the one as Kirilenko dumps her pushed backhand return of serve into the net. Kirilenko will have to serve to stay in this match

  4. 4-3 - BREAK! Clijsters fires a backhand right into the dusty dirt on the baseline and the bounce completely confounds Kirilenko, who plays an air-shot, and the Belgian has the break back

  5. 3-3 - BREAK! Clijsters saves a first break point witn a deep backhand on to the baseline that Kirilenko can only return into the net. But she can do nothing about the second as Kirilenko works her way into the net off a great approach shot and slams down a smash to break back!

  6. 3-2 - Kirilenko holds to love as Clijsters just takes her foot off the gas slightly

  7. 3-1 - Clijsters comes through a potentially tough game to consolidate the break. She didn't really help herself by slapping down her second double fault to allow Kirilenko to level up at deuce. But the Belgian quickly recovers and holds when Kirilenko hits a backhand into the net

  8. 2-1 - BREAK! Kirilenko saves a first break point with a great first serve that Clijsters can only return into the net, but the Belgian grabs her second chance by firing a backhand into the body of Kirilenko at the net. And the Russian obliges by failing to deal with the ball, instead dumping it into the net

  9. 1-1 - A double fault on just the second point of the game gives Kirilenko a slim window of opportunity at 15-15 but Clijsters quickly slams the door shut before going on to hold with an ace without dropping another point.

  10. 0-1 - Kirilenko plucks a tricky ball out of the air and whips a forehand drive volley across court for a winner. And that seals an opening service hold to 15 as the Russian gets off to a better start in this second set than she did in the first

  11. 6-3 - SET! Bish, bash bosh. Simple as that Clijsters races through another service hold, sealing it to 15 with a heavy service hold down the centre of the court that Kirilenko can only return long. The Belgian never makes much fuss about her matches, it's all very smooth and straight forward

  12. 5-3 - Well played from Kirilenko as she holds with an ace down the centre of the court, despite Clijsters whipping a brutal angled backhand cross court winner away off the shorter ball on just the second point. Clijsters will serve for the set though

  13. 5-2 - Kirilenko's backhand return of serve, after a first serve straight down the centre of court, sails long of the baseline and Clijsters holds once again. The Russian will have to serve to stay in this speedy first set after the change of ends

  14. 4-2 - Kirilenko seals another hold to 30 as she continues to keep Clijsters honest, grabbing the game with some pretty huge serving and heavy ground-strokes

  15. 4-1 - BOOM! Ace number one from Clijsters seals another service hold to 15 as she maintains her one break advantage. Is it already too late for Kirilenko in this set?

  16. 3-1 - Bang! Kirilenko has arrived in this match as she fires down an ace, a forehand smash winner and an serve that Clijsters can only return long to earn herself three game points. She slaps a forehand long to allow Clijsters a point but quickly wraps things up with a series of heavy ground-strokes that the Belgian eventually hits into the net off the backhand wing

  17. 3-0 - Clijsters holds to consolidate the early break, sealing the game to love when Kirilenko sends her attempted forehand cross court passing shot whizzing past the fast-approaching Belgian but well wide into the tramlines

  18. 2-0 - BREAK! Quick-starting Clijsters grabs the early break at the first attempt, working her way into the net and dinking a backhand volley across court at an angle and dropping it really short to leave Kirilenko floundering on the baseline

  19. 1-0 - Clijsters holds to 30 for the opening game of the match when Kirilenko batters a forehand return of serve long of the baseline. The Belgian, who says her ambition to win Wimbledon was one of the main reasons for her to come out of retirement, just struggled to find her range a little in that game and she drilled a cross court backhand wide and a forehand long for the two points she dropped

  20. 0-0 - So, it will be Clijsters to get the clash underway after she won the toss and opted to serve first ...

  21. 12:08 - It's perhaps a little breezier today at SW19 than it has been in previous days and a little cooler with temperatures probably not exceeding 23. But it's still nice and sunny with just a few fluffy clouds in the sky. Perfect tennis weather

  22. 11:59 - The Russian has been enjoying a rich vein of form in recent weeks, beating defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova at the French Open last month. Although, having said that Clijsters has been brutally dispatching opponents on grass so far this year, dropping just three games at Eastbourne before being knocked out in the quarter-finals by Victoria Azarenka. And she has dropped just eight games in her first two matches at Wimbledon

  23. 11:57 - These two have met each other twice before, although not since Clijsters return from her 18-month retirement. Interestingly both of their previous meetings were on clay, in Warsaw in 2005 and in a Fed Cup clash in 2006, with Clijsters winning both of them in straight sets. So the omens don't favour Kirilenko

  24. 11:49 - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from this third round clash between eighth seed Kim Clijsters and Russian 27th Maria Kirilenko

Kim Clijsters

Nationality BEL
Date of Birth 08/06/1983
Height 1.74 m
Weight 68 kg

Maria Kirilenko

Nationality RUS
Date of Birth 25/01/1987
Height 1.74 m
Weight 61 kg

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