Kim Clijsters crushed former world No1 Dinara Safina in a one-sided first-round meeting at the Australian Open. The third-seeded Belgian needed just 44 minutes to claim a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Russian on Rod Lever Arena.
Both players are former finalists in Melbourne and, even though Safina has since slipped to 75th in the rankings, Clijsters could scarcely have hoped for an easier match.
Safina won just 38% of points on her first serve and only 8% on her second, winning a mere 16 points in the whole contest.
Clijsters raced through the first set in 20 minutes and was equally ruthless in the second, her opponent cutting a disconsolate figure by the time she dumped a forehand into the net to hand the Belgian her sixth break of serve and victory.