One year ago, Dinara Safina was the No. 2 seed at the Australian Open. The year before that, she made it all the way to the finals before losing to Serena Williams. On Tuesday, Safina suffered the worst loss ever by a former No. 1 player, a 6-0, 6-0 "double bagel" drubbing at the hands of Kim Clijsters. It's the first time a woman who was once the top-ranked player in the world had ever lost by that score.
[Photos: Kim Clijsters on the court]
After the match, the ever-congenial Clijsters felt the need to apologize for beating Safina so badly (via Reuters):
"I do feel bad, I even caught myself at 5-0 in the second set, she hit a couple of backhands down the line, I was like 'Yeah, that's it!'
"When she doesn't play against me, I'm rooting for her because I want her to get back into it and build confidence. But I wouldn't give her a (sympathy) game."
Before the match, some television analysts were playing up the fact that it could be a tough match for Clijsters and that Safina was aRead More »from Clijsters apologizes after handing Safina historic loss