Bryan Armen Graham
Tuesday January 18th, 2011

Dinara Safina

A mere shell of the player who spent 26 weeks atop the WTA rankings, Dinara Safina lost 6-0, 6-0 to Kim Clijsters on Tuesday. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Tuesday's weather: Cloudy and cool with sunny breaks. High of 70.

What Happened?

Clijsters embarrasses Safina on center court. In 2009, Dinara Safina advanced to the Australian Open final before falling to Serena Williams. Two years later, she's going home without having won a single game. In Tuesday's first-round clash with Kim Clijsters, Safina became the first former No. 1 player to lose 6-0, 6-0 at a Grand Slam in Open Era history. The 24-year-old Russian, who advanced to the fourth round here in 2010, will drop out of the Top 100.

Top seeds on cruise control. No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 4 Robin Soderling, No. 5 Andy Murray and No. 7 David Ferrer advanced on the men's side, with No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, No. 5 Sam Stosur and No. 7 Jelena Jankovic among the women's winners.

Tsonga digs deep for victory. France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a runner-up here in 2008, rallied from two sets down for a 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Philipp Petzschner of Germany. The 25-year-old Tsonga improved to 5-0 lifetime in five-set matches.

Del Potro makes winning return. 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who played just three matches in 2010 while plummeting to No. 258 in the rankings, won 7-6(13), 6-4, 6-4 over Israel's Dudi Sela. "It's nice to be here with these players and playing in a Grand Slam," Del Potro remarked afterward. "I met with all the players, especially the top 10 players. They supported me when I was very bad. So now I say thank you."

Oz Clicks

An Australian exercise scientist wants young tennis players to take up opera training to make their grunts even louder and more effective ... Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian reignites the equal prize money debate ... World Tennis Magazine on the curious case of Donald Young, the one-time Next Big Thing who bowed to Marin Cilic on Tuesday ... Novak Djokovic takes the preemptive approach with feuding fans.

Photo of the Day

Vera Zvonareva reacts during her first-round match with Sybille Bammer on Tuesday (from's Best Shots from Day 2 at the Australian Open).

Go Figure

22 ... Number of consecutive matches won by Rafael Nadal at Grand Slam events after Tuesday's victory over Marcos Daniel. (Watch the highlights here.)

5-0 ... Career record of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five-set matches after his win over Philipp Petzschner, matching Butch Buchholz's Australian Open record.

6 ... Number of career double bagels recorded by Kim Clijsters in major tournaments, trailing only Chris Evert (nine), Steffi Graf (seven) and Margaret Court (seven).

Must-See Video

Two points away from beating Kimiko Date-Krumm on Tuesday, Agnieszka Radwanska entire racket head snapped free during a backhand return.


What's Happening Today

Tennis Channel's live coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 picking it up from 9 p.m. through 8 a.m.

No. 8 Andy Roddick is second on Laver against Russia's Igor Kunitsyn (approximately 9 p.m. ET, the first match on ESPN2). No. 4 Venus Williams follows that match against Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic.

No. 2 Roger Federer faces a potentially dangerous floater in France's Gilles Simon in the last match on Laver. (Simon is 2-0 lifetime against Federer.) Catch it early Wednesday morning on the East Coast.

Other top seeds in action include No. 3 Novak Djokovic, No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 14 Maria Sharapova and No. 17 Justine Henin.

The complete order of play for Day 3 can be found here.

They Said It

"I didn't know how to win a point. There was nothing I could do to hurt her. I'm scratching my head thinking what the hell I am doing. I couldn't find the answer. Embarrassing."--Dinara Safina, still looking for clues after a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Kim Clijsters

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