It was Kim Clijsters' first match in almost a month, and her first outdoor match after the winning the Australian Open in January. She entered the arena with a new hair style: her hair is now a lot shorter (big photo).
Kim Clijsters, the 2003 and 2005 Indian Wells champion, needed no longer than 52 minutes to brush aside 23-year-old Alla Kudryatseva of Russia: 6-2 and 6-0. "Everything could be better, of course", Clijsters surprised reporters after the match. "But for a first match, I am at a stage now where I haven't played for a while and when I was playing, my last few tournaments were indoors."
Clijsters, the world's number 2, will now face Italy's Sara Errani. "So I kind of just have to get back into playing outdoors again and in big arenas. I just get a feel for it all over again because it's been a while."
Yanina Wickmayer (photo) overcame American opposition from Melanie Oudin to win 6-4 and 6-3. She will next meet Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Wickmayer lost 3 of their 4 previous confrontations but she is confident: "I am very satisfied with my game."