Clijsters unworried by rematch with Petrova
Kim Clijsters, the favourite to win the women's singles title here at the Australian Open, has a chance tomorrow to erase the memory of her biggest defeat in a Grand Slam tournament. For the second year in succession the 27-year-old Belgian faces a third-round meeting with Russia's Nadia Petrova, who 12 months ago crushed her 6-0, 6-1.
Clijsters, who beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3 yesterday, insisted that the memory of last year's defeat would not trouble her. "I don't think I've ever played a match like that, so it was very easy in a way to also forget about it," she said.
Jelena Jankovic became the highest-profile loser so far when she lost 7-6, 6-3 to China's Peng Shuai. The No 7 seed led 4-1 in the first set but then her game fell apart as her errors multiplied. Vera Zvonareva, the world No 2, survived a difficult patch against Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski before winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
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