Twenty-four hours after Belgian Kim Clijsters fought back from a 5-1 final set deficit to reach the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open quaterfinals, there was no extra fuel left for the fighter to light. No. 8 Victoria Azarenka upset Clijsters, the tournament's No. 2 seed and defending champion, in Miami. The 6-3, 6-3 upset took just one hour and 20 minutes. Clijsters held serve in only three games. She had eight double faults.
Clijsters and Azarenka had met on the court just six times before. It's Azarenka's second win over the Belgian.
"I just didn't feel good out there,'' Clijsters said. "Mentally [I] just kind of feel like I didn't have any fighting spirit. It's obviously tough against someone like her. You know, against some lower-ranked players maybe it's possible to get through matches, but against somebody like her, not."
For WTA competitor Maria Sharapova, the day went a lot better. Sharapova reached her first final in seven months with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Germany's Andrea Petkovic.
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