Kim Clijsters (Wikimedia Commons)
Normally when the number 114th ranked player in the world defeats the world ranked number two, it is considered a gigantic upset of large proportions.
However when I heard the news that Kim Clijsters, the 2010 U.S. Open Champion and 2011 Australian Open champion had lost to up and comer Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, I wasn’t too surprised.
Well, before the French Open, Clijsters injured her foot while at her cousin’s wedding. While dancing barefoot, she turned her ankle, and had her toe stepped on. On Thursday, she was clearly favouring her foot, and limped off the court after her loss.
At 100%. she would have easily beaten Rus, the 2008 Australian Junior Open Champion, but the bad foot was clearly a factor in her performance.
In the men’s side, there were a few upsets. Eighth seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria lost to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Other seeded men’s players to lose included American Sam Querrey, Russian Nikolay Davydenko, Cyprian Marcos Baghdatis, German Florian Mayer and South African Kevin Anderson.