Kim Clijsters into Wimbledon second round

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Kim Clijsters into Wimbledon second round

Kim Clijsters has won her opening match at Wimbledon, defeating Maria Elena Camerin 6-0, 6-3.

Clijsters took just 24 minutes to claim the first set against her Italian opponent and it took until the second game of the second set for Camerin to get on the scoreboard, when she held serve to level the set at one game apiece.

After being steamrolled by Clijsters’ powerful ground strokes in the opening set, the world No. 121 made a match of the second set, holding serve twice more to level at 3-3. After surviving break point chances in what proved to be the crucial eighth game of the set, Camerin was finally broken by Clijsters who took the 5-3 lead in the set.

From there, victory was a formality for Clijsters, who served out the set to move through to the second round in one hour and five minutes.

It may have been the first main draw match Clijsters had played at Wimbledon since she lost to Justine Henin in the semi-final in 2006, but the eighth seed delivered a brand of tennis that hints at the fact she’ll still be around in the second week of the action in 2010.

Not so veteran Patty Schnyder, who became the first player knocked out of the tournament this year when Chinese Tapai’s Yung-Jan Chan defeated the Swiss 6-0, 6-2 in just 49 minutes in the opening match on court eight. It’s the third consecutive year the former world No. 7 has lost her first round match at the grass court major.



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