Clijsters rolls to win over Australian teen

Clijsters rolls to win over Australian teen
By Joshua Rey

When Australian Sally Peers was 10 years old, she successfully secured an autographed photo from a fast-rising tennis player named Kim Clijsters. When she returns home to Melbourne, she may want to hide that photo someplace out of sight, so Wednesday’s second-round match between the two will stay out of mind.

Clijsters, a two-time US Open champion, made Peers’ debut on Arthur Ashe Stadium a forgettable one by speeding to a 6-2, 6-1 win in 56 minutes. The now 19-year-old qualifier held just once in seven service games.

Peers can take solace in the fact that for five games, she and the No. 2 seed were on even terms. That’s because Clijsters let leads of 2-0 and 3-1 slip away, breaking Peers only to be broken immediately thereafter.

But after belting a down-the-line backhand winner to break Peers in the sixth game, Clijsters never looked back.

In a third-round match Friday, Clijsters will play No. 27 seed Petra Kvitova, who defeated former world No. 1 Dinara Safina at last year’s US Open.

“Hopefully when the opponents get tougher, I’ll play better,” said Clijsters.

Match Facts

– In a losing effort, Peers made 68 percent of her first serves.

– In a winning effort, Clijsters made 51 percent of her first serves.

– Clijsters hit 22 winners and made 21 unforced errors.

– Peers won just one of 16 points on her second serve.

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