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Clijsters makes easy progress

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:01

The 26-year-old Belgian raced through the opening set in just 23 minutes and while she took her foot off the accelerator in the second, the result was never in doubt.

Meanwhile, third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova also reached the second round with a straight-sets win over Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova.

The Russian dropped just three games as she outclassed her Russian-born opponent on Court Two.

Rodionova served three double faults and made 22 unforced errors as Kuznetsova set up a clash with fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 6-2 6-4.

Second seed Dinara Safina, last year’s runner-up at Melbourne Park, was too strong for Magdalena Rybarikova, winning 6-4 6-4 in 89 minutes.

It was a display of power hitting from Safina, who reeled off 28 winners.

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