French Open 2011: Kim Clijsters Loses to Arantxa Rus in Big Upset

Carrie DunnAnalyst IIMay 26, 2011

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Arantxa Rus (R) of Netherlands celebrates her victory during the women's singles round two match between Arantxa Rus of Netherlands and Kim Clijsters of Belgium on day five of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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It's the biggest upset of the tournament so far as second seed (and my tip to win the tournament) Kim Clijsters has been knocked out in the second round by Arantxa Rus.

Clijsters took the first set 6-3, but those injuries that have kept her from the tour this year seemed to be having an effect as her lateral movement suffered throughout the later stages of the match.

Breezy conditions and a great display from the unseeded Dutch player meant Clijsters struggled in the second set, losing it 7-5 and dropping two match points in the process, and the final set was simple for Rus, who coasted it 6-1.

This is the biggest upset of the competition so far, and Caroline Wozniacki must now feel increasingly confident that, without the Williams sisters or Clijsters to compete with, she will be en route to the final at the very least.

It's also good news for Maria Sharapova, looking to prove herself at Roland Garros after what she felt was a disappointing display last year.