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Australian Open: Little joy for Clijsters in inflicting ‘double bagel’

Kim Clijsters delivered a ‘double bagel' on Dinara Safina in the first round of the Australian Open — and promptly expressed sympathy for the struggling Russian.

Safina's fall from grace has been spectacular. World number one as recently as 15 months ago, Safina is now down at 75 following a dismal 2010.

And she was no match for third seed Clijsters, who romped to a |6-0 6-0 win in just 44 minutes.

Afterwards the Belgian admitted she did not particularly enjoy inflicting such a crushing defeat.

“There's probably not much you can say to make her feel any better or that's going to help,” she said.

“That's the sport we play. We step out there and sometimes things like that can happen. But I just hope it's not going to make her confidence go even lower.”

Safina admitted she had been embarrassed on Rod Laver Arena just over a week after losing 6-0 6-1 to Marion Bartoli in Auckland.

“There was nothing I could do to hurt her. (It was) embarrassing.

“To lose two tournaments in a row 6-0 6-1 then 6-0 6-0, it's time to scratch the head and think ‘what the hell am I doing'?” she said.

Ana Ivanovic, the 19th seed and former world number one, is out following a tough 3-6 6-4 10-8 defeat to Ekaterina Makarova.

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