Carla, who has spent a significant period of time dealing with an ankle injury, previously took Venus Williams out in the 2009 Australian Open and has struggled to regain that level of play.
Kim smothered Carla’s second serve and over powered the diminutive Spaniard.
“I think I’ve been playing inside of the court really well. A lot of girls, or like even the guys, they like to just get into the rally and kind of just wait until they really are certain. But I think there are a lot of opportunities in the beginning of the rallies already where you can really step forward and dictate and put your opponent under pressure.”
Talking about her game before she retired, the slimmer Clijsters noted that is fitter now. “I’m not as fit as I am now, I felt I needed to retrieve a little bit on the court. I’m strong enough to still be aggressive from even a little bit further behind. But now I think if I can use that power, being a meter closer to the baseline, it has a bigger impact on the way my shots go to my opponents.”
Kim later jokingly gave Todd Woodbridge a hard time for suggesting that she may be pregnant in a message to Rennae Stubbs because she was grumpy and he thought her breasts were larger. Woodbridge seemed mortified for the rest of the day every time the incident was brought up.