18 Jan '11, 9am

Tennis: Clijsters embarrasses Safina 6-0, 6-0

MELBOURNE : Belgium's Kim Clijsters humiliated former world number one Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-0 Tuesday to head an trio of impressive winners at the Australian Open. Tournament favourite Clijsters sent Russia's Safina packing in only 44 minutes to send a stark warning to the rest of the field, following easy victories by Russia's Vera Zvonareva and local hero Samantha Stosur. Second seed Zvonareva disposed of Austria's Sybille Bammer 6-2, 6-1 in 59 minutes, while fifth seed Stosur took 53 minutes to thrash American wildcard Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1. But 2008 runner-up and ex-number one Ana Ivanovic became another first-round casualty when she was shocked by 49th-ranked Russian Ekaterina Makarova 3-6, 6-4, 10-8. It was a miserable result for Ivanovic, who finished 2010 strongly, winning two of her last three tournaments on the back of her improved fitness and who believed she wa...

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