Australian Open

Clijsters races into 3rd round

2012-01-18 07:15
Kim Clijsters (AP)

Melbourne - Defending champion Kim Clijsters wasted no time in progressing to the third round of the Australian Open when she beat Frenchwoman Stephanie Foretz Gacon in straight sets on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Belgian needed just 47 minutes to see off Foretz Gacon 6-0, 6-1 in the Rod Laver Arena.

Clijsters had started slowly in her first round win over Portugese qualifier Maria Joao Koehler on Monday, but she was switched on right from the start against Foretz Gacon, racing through the first set in just 22 minutes.

The Frenchwoman finally held serve at the start of the second set, but that was her only joy as Clijsters sped away with the match.

Clijsters was do dominant that Foretz Gacon only won 24 points in the match, 13 of those coming from Clijsters' unforced errors.

"I was hitting the ball well and seeing the ball well - I did what I had to do," Clijsters said.

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