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tennisphilia
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:40 PM
From http://www.tennisphilia.com/2010/06/which-was-bigger-surprise-clijsters-at.html

Which was a Bigger Surprise: Clijsters at Australian Open 2010 or Henin at French Open 2010?
>> Saturday, June 12, 2010

After their highly successful return to Grand Slam play, the two recently un-retired former #1 players from Belgium fell short of fans and about everyone's expectations in the second Grand Slam tournaments of their comeback. Kim Clijsters won her second Grand Slam on just her 3rd tournament after coming back at the US Open in September 2009 but she won just 1 game in a 0-6, 1-6 loss to Nadia Petrova in the 3rd round of Melbourne.

Justine Henin reached the finals of the Australian Open in January and pushed world #1 Serena Williams to a third set in just her second tournament after coming back. She was touted as a heavy favorite to win the French Open having won the event four times prior, but she lost to eventual finalist Samantha Stosur in the round of 16.

Which was a bigger surprise, Clijster's 3rd round loss or Henin's 4th round loss? I think the latter was more of a shock. Sure, Stosur had very good results on clay this year, and she did reach the semifinals of the French Open last year, but who would have expected that she beat Henin in her own backyard?

I also think that the successful Grand Slam returns of the two Belgian players are more due to their ability to play in big situations as opposed to them being in top form. It probably is too much to expect them to have consistent great results in the Grand Slams after just a few months into their comeback. Expectations should be greater (or maybe more realistic) after a full season on the tour.

cellophane
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:44 PM
Kim's of course... I mean, c'mon... the way she lost, 0 and 1 was totally shocking.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:44 PM
Clijsters losing in AO R3 was the bigger upset for me, more due to the scoreline.

We all knew Henin was going to have a tough time against Sam, given the form Sam was in.

Lord Choc Ice
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Kim's horseshit of a match.

Jajaloo
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Clijsters in Melbourne.

Henin lost in the 1R in Madrid a week before, so I never expected her to get deep into RG, so I wasn't really shocked when she lost.

Julian.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:46 PM
Clijsters 0-6 1-6 3R loss to Petrova in Melbourne

I wasn't that surprised when Juju Heng lost to Sam.

tennisphilia
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:50 PM
Clijsters in Melbourne.

Henin lost in the 1R in Madrid a week before, so I never expected her to get deep into RG, so I wasn't really shocked when she lost.

Henin lost to Rezai - who had a great week, form wise. And she has won Paris 4 times.
Clijsters never even won Melbourne - but she was in great form having won the US Open and a Brisbane.

Jajaloo
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:57 PM
Henin lost to Rezai - who had a great week, form wise. And she has won Paris 4 times.
Clijsters never even won Melbourne - but she was in great form having won the US Open and a Brisbane.

Yeah, but Henin was not in 4 time RG winning form. And Henin lost to Stosur. Who, at the time, had won the most matches on clay that season. Henin went down in 3 sets, Clijsters only won 1 game! :eek:

goldenlox
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:10 PM
Nadia was going to be tough for anyone to beat that day.
It was more surprising that Kim was so off form.
I was also surprised how Justine played from 4-3* 30-0, 2nd serve
Justine gave that match away

Slutati
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:13 PM
Clijsters. Because she won only one game and well...she lost to Petrova. :lol:

ElusiveChanteuse
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:18 PM
Definitely Kim's.

pattyclijsters
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:37 PM
considering the round they lost in, i think justines loss was more of a shock. but seeing who and how they actually lost, i sadly have to say that kims loss was more of a shock.

SymphonyX
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:50 PM
Kim's loss in Melbourne. The scoreline was simply horrendous. Then again, Petrova was really in-form that day.

Besides, Nadia isn't exactly an easy opponent/free kill. She's kinda like the mini-boss in tournaments. Loses often to the elites, but gives them a work out.

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sweetpeas
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Kim,for sure!

Adal
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:56 PM
Clijsters' one was by far the biggest upset of the year.

tennnisfannn
Jun 12th, 2010, 05:24 PM
It was more of an upset losing a set to maria on clay than losing the third set to Sam!

tennisphilia
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:30 PM
Yeah, but Henin was not in 4 time RG winning form. And Henin lost to Stosur. Who, at the time, had won the most matches on clay that season. Henin went down in 3 sets, Clijsters only won 1 game! :eek:

Good analysis. I see your point!

young_gunner913
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:54 PM
Kim getting the shit kicked out of her.

Mightymirza
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:01 PM
For me justine losing :sad:

terjw
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:08 PM
I was surprised that Justine lost to Sam at the FO. But I was in total disbelief and shock not only with the loss but the score when Kim was beaten by Nadia at the AO.

hurricanejeanne
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:12 PM
Kim getting pwned by Nadia in Melbourne.

Justine was going to have a rough time playing Sam since Sam was in form.

miss_molik
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:22 AM
for me it was justine, but in comparison to kim - kim's loss.

kiwialicat
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:50 AM
Kim just by the scoreline

ZODIAC
Jun 13th, 2010, 01:04 AM
Kim has never won the AO so its not an upset plus Petrova is a good player when she is in a good mood.Stosur has been playing good clay ball so its was no surprise..

Hachiko
Jun 13th, 2010, 01:22 AM
Clijsters, by virtue of the scoreline.

silentLIFE
Jun 13th, 2010, 01:22 AM
I would say Kim's loss is a bigger upset.
She went out with a bad scoreline.. :help: so early in Melbourne (at*least I know who Petrova is though lol)
Henin-No, because I didn't expect her to get far anyways :lol:;Sam is a good player, so....

ZODIAC
Jun 13th, 2010, 02:00 AM
Kim was overhyped going into AO and was over confident going into the 3rd round.

claypova
Jun 13th, 2010, 03:30 AM
by far its kim. she won only one game, and petrova wasnt even in good form in bris and sydney, whereas sam was the best player on clay at the time

miffedmax
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:27 AM
USA 1 England 1.

danieln1
Jun 13th, 2010, 05:15 AM
cLIJSTERS loss is the most embarassing, 1 game to Petrova, please?????

henin´s was kind of expected, Stosur was clay GOAT, eventually she would beat her on clay

Carotastrophe
Jun 13th, 2010, 09:06 AM
Kim's. Stosur went on to beat Serena and to the final, while Nadia did not go much further. Meaning Justine had to face a clay goat, while Kim just played bad against a solid player.

tennisphilia
Jun 16th, 2010, 12:44 AM
USA 1 England 1.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

emotion
Jun 16th, 2010, 01:54 AM
Clijster's because of the scoreline, but I think most people backed Henin to win

SAEKeithSerena
Jun 16th, 2010, 04:23 AM
Kim Clijsters for sure. Henin lost the first week before...

The Witch-king
Jun 16th, 2010, 07:59 AM
Neither were upsets. They were rather expected :o

kiwialicat
Jun 16th, 2010, 08:40 AM
Neither were upsets. They were rather expected :o

Kim being thrashed by Petrova was expected? Wow, I hope you have some good betting tips to share with us.

The Witch-king
Jun 16th, 2010, 08:52 AM
Meh i can't predict scorelines but if you were watching their previous matches u'd have seen that they weren't playing impressively. JU for instance was so erratic esp on the serve eek.

The Witch-king
Jun 16th, 2010, 08:53 AM
And Clitsers is overrated plain and simpl

Hardiansf
Jun 16th, 2010, 08:55 AM
It's Justine's for me.
I can't wait for the saga between Serena and Justine.
In my mind, if there were any upset happen, it will be Serena's.
Then Justine lost... WHAT???
Not that I wasn't relieved then ... hehe

Steven.
Jun 16th, 2010, 09:11 AM
clijster's loss, no contest.

I wonder whose turn it is to fail expectations in Wimbledon...

kiwialicat
Jun 16th, 2010, 09:12 AM
Meh i can't predict scorelines but if you were watching their previous matches u'd have seen that they weren't playing impressively. JU for instance was so erratic esp on the serve eek.

And Clitsers is overrated plain and simpl

I totally agree that both Justine and Kim were pretty unimpressive, despite reaching the finals of Brisbane. But I don't think that anyone actually expected Kim to lose in the 3rd or at least lose in the fashion that she did. Not many people expect slam champions to get blown away love and one. Justine, in my mind wasn't really an upset, since she had been playing so poorly and was meeting a top form player.

Yeah I also think Kim is overrated.

AnnaK_4ever
Jun 16th, 2010, 10:42 AM
Henin's. The FO title was hers to lose.

Clijsters was utterly horrible during the Oz so a loss to a decent opponent could very well be expected. The scoreline was shocking though.

bandabou
Jun 16th, 2010, 11:31 AM
For history..Juju, because she's the queen of RG...Kim has no history at the Oz open.