The Russian won the first set in her match against Severine Bremond when the Frenchwoman retired with a back injury. Bremond held five set points on her own serve at 6-5, but Poutchkova edged out a tiebreak win.
Clijsters needs to be on her toes against the 19-year-old, who is a very powerful player.
If Poutchkova manages to work a little more on her shot selection, the world could be in for another Russian sensation in the near future.
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