>I arrived in Melbourne this evening with tickets to all the weekend sessions of the AO. I was hoping to see Carla Suarez Navarro, Rafael Nadal, Marcos Baghdatis, Novak Djokovic and Kim Clijsters (WTA rank 15). As soon as I got to my hotel I turned on the TV. To my dismay Nadia Petrova (WTA rank 19) had match point against Kim Clijsters, and not match point after an epic battle. Kim had been slaughtered 6-0, 6-1 in just 52 minutes.
The first set was over in just 18 minutes with Kim winning just 5 points.
The stocky Russian stunned tournament favourite Clijsters who had won all 4 of their previous meetings.
Q. Did you expect such an easy win?
NADIA PETROVA: Of course not. I was preparing myself already a long day, a long match. Might have been a three‑setter. Just really wanted to give everything I could today. Very happy.
Q. What was it like on court? When did you sense that she was vulnerable, beatable?
NADIA PETROVA: You know what, I really tried to focus win every single point. I really tried to run, win every single point. I start collect my game.
When I broke her again in the second set, then I realized, you know, this is like a two‑set match for me, and I just start cruising through it.