JUNE 14 • Kim hasn't managed to get past Romina Oprandi in the 2nd round of the Unicef Open in Rosmalen/'s Hertogenbosch. Kim also hurt her ankle again and will undergo some tests tomorrow, to assess the seriousness of the injury...
Romina Oprandi's greatest career win in terms of ranking had been over then No.18 Kaia Kanepi in the first round of Rome in May. The Italian surpassed that significantly with a stunning 7-6(5) 6-3 upset of No.2-ranked and No.1-seeded Kim Clijsters in the second round of theUNICEF Open on Tuesday.
Kim was two points away from taking the first set at 5-4, 30-30 on Oprandi's serve but Oprandi held on and eventually took the set in a tie-break. In the second set she jumped out to a 3-0 lead that she would never relinquish. She said this was the biggest triumph of her career by far.
'I kept fighting and I made some good drop shots and I served pretty well, so that was the key', Oprandi said. 'It's amazing. I can't really believe it because I always looked up to Kim and I still do because she's an amazing player and a really nice person, a real champion.'
Kim appeared to slip and possibly injure her right ankle early in the first set but was able to continue. She originally injured that ankle dancing at a wedding and had to miss most of the clay court season.
'I'm going to have some more tests tonight or tomorrow morning and then I'll be able to give a more specific answer about the situation with my ankle', Kim said. 'I feel like I was hitting the ball very well in practice. I was moving well. I wasn't really worried too much. It's frustrating because something like this with my ankle has to happen, and it kind of puts me back to where I was a few weeks ago. But that's what an athlete has to deal with sometimes.'