Clijsters and Wozniacki survive second round of the Olympics

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Unseeded Belgian champion Kim Clijsters and eight seed Caroline Wozniacki secured their spots in the third round of London Olympic tournament, while Carla Suarez Navarro and Yanina Wickmayer found themselves on the losing side of the second round matches.

29-years old Clijsters remains a contender for 2012 London Olympic medal. Suarez Navarro of Spain did not prove to be high enough a hurdle to stop a two times Wimbledon semifinalist. Clijsters broke her opponent’s serve in the fourth game of the match, which was eventually enough for the first set victory. It was going from bad to worse for the Spaniard. She started the second set with two lost serves, from which she could not fully recover. Suarez Navarro took Clijster’s serve once, but was not able to prevent the Belgian wrapping up the match – after one hour and eleven minutes of play the scoreboard displayed 6-3, 6-3 in favor of the former number one. While Suarez Navarro committed less unforced errors (14-17), Clijsters managed to capitalize on hitting seven winners more than her rival.

Another former number one Wozniacki was facing the highest ranked Belgian Wickmayer. In a very interesting fifty-six minutes long first set we could see some quite long games and three converted break points. While Wickmayer found an immediate answer to her first lost serve, she had no strength to make a second comeback. In the next set, however, the tables have turned. Wickmayer converted a break point early on, and was confident with her serving throughout the set, not allowing the Dane a single break point opportunity – the match was level again. In the decisive set Wickmayer lost a serve in the second game, and Wozniacki went 3-0 in front. After that the Belgian squandered six break point chances in a “neverending” fifth game that was no less than thirty-one rallies long. That was the last time Wickmayer could really upset Wozniacki and prevent her 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory. World No. 31  Belgian finished the match with thirty-two unforced errors, that is, with more than twice as many as her adversary – that was one of the major factors causing her Olympic exit.

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