Nadia Petrova Defeats Kim Clijsters in Australian Open Upset

Delores Smith-JohnsonCorrespondent IIIJanuary 22, 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22:  Nadia Petrova of Russia celebrates after winning her third round match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium during day five of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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In just 53 minutes, No. 19 seed Nadia Petrova upset No. 15 seed Kim Clijsters, 6-0, 6-1 in third-round action.

Coming into this match, Petrova was the undisputed underdog, as she had never won a match against Clijsters.

Let's recap the action at Hisense Arena.

In the opening minutes, Petrova quickly showed that she came to not only play excellent tennis—she came to win. She jumped out to an early 2-0 start. At the 18-minute mark, Petrova was already up 4-0. From that point forward, everything was in Petrova's favor. She was in perfect form.

She moved so skillfully across the entire court, hitting backhands, forehands, and serving perfectly. You simply could not find any fault in Petrova's performance.

Everyone was in disbelief over Clijsters' poor performance. Here was the comeback champion of 2009, literally struggling.

Her poor showing, coupled with Petrova's flawless performance, spelled disaster for the 2009 US Open champion. It was as if she were in some sort of fog. Clijsters' ending stats summed up this match: 26 unforced errors and only five winners.

Petrova proved that she has the skills and determination to go far in this year's Australian Open.