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Clijsters off to solid start

2011-05-24 20:16

Paris - Kim Clijsters won her first match at the French Open in five years, easily defeating Anastasiya Yakimova 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the clay-court Grand Slam on Tuesday.

Clijsters, the reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion, played her previous match at Roland Garros in 2006 when she lost in the semi-finals to Justine Henin.

She did not return to the tournament as a player since that match because of injuries and a sabbatical from tennis while she got married and gave birth to a daughter.

The 27-year-old Belgian, a runner-up in Paris in 2001 and 2003, also had to cope with injuries this season and resumed training only a few weeks ago.

It was the first time since her return to competition that she didn't win the first set of a first round Grand Slam match 6-0.

Results on Tuesday from Roland Garros:

Men

First Round

Alexandr Dolgopolov (21), Ukraine, def. Rainer Schuettler, Germany, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.
Andy Murray (4), Britain, def. Eric Prodon, France, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia, def. Somdev Devvarman, India, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Andreas Haider-Maurer, Austria, def. Ryan Sweeting, United States, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0.
Florian Mayer (20), Germany, def. Igor Kunitsyn, Russia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Robin Haase, Netherlands, def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain, 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentina, def. Tim Smyczek, United States, 7-6 (5), 6-1, 6-1.
Sam Querrey (24), United States, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Jurgen Melzer (8), Austria, def. Andreas Beck, Germany, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
Arnaud Clement, France, def. Filippo Volandri, Italy, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (9), 6-4.
Pablo Andujar, Spain, def. Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-3.
Lukasz Kubot, Poland, def. Nicolas Almagro (11), Spain, 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, def. John Isner, United States, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-4.
Robin Soderling (5), Sweden, def. Ryan Harrison, United States, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5.
Xavier Malisse, Belgium, def. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Kevin Anderson (32), South Africa, def. Nicolas Mahut, France, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3.
Jeremy Chardy, France, def. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, France, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Fernando Verdasco (16), Spain, def. Juan Monaco, Argentina, 6-2, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Women

First Round

Jarmila Gajdosova (24), Australia, def. Virginie Razzano, France, 6-3, 6-1.
Caroline Garcia, France, def. Zuzana Ondraskova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-4.
Li Na (6), China, def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3.
Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain, def. Corinna Dentoni, Italy, 7-5, 7-5.
Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Spain, def. Elena Vesnina, Russia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Ayumi Morita, Japan, def. Kristina Mladenovic, France, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, def. Romina Oprandi, Italy, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
Maria Sharapova (7), Russia, def. Mirjana Lucic, Croatia, 6-3, 6-0.
Johanna Larsson, Sweden, def. Ana Ivanovic (20), Serbia, 7-6 (3), 0-6, 6-2.
Yanina Wickmayer (21), Belgium, def. Monica Niculescu, Romania, 6-0, 6-3.
Vania King, United States, def. Dominika Cibulkova (22), Slovakia, 6-7 (10), 6-3, 6-2.
Victoria Azarenka (4), Belarus, def. Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-3.
Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, def. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, def. Marina Erakovic, New Zealand, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Elena Baltacha, Britain, def. Sloane Stephens, United States, 7-5, 6-2.
Alexandra Dulgheru (27), Romania, def. Laura Pous-Tio, Spain, 6-3, 6-4.
Kim Clijsters (2), Belgium, def. Anastasiya Yakimova, Belarus, 6-2, 6-3.

AP