Kim ClijstersBRISBANE – Defending Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters has begun her 2012 summer Down Under with a straight sets win over Romanian Simona Halep at the Brisbane International.
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Fifth-seeded Clijsters breezed past the world No.47 with an impressive 6-1 6-4 first-round victory in 63 minutes in Pat Rafter Arena.

The Belgian, who is unbeaten in Brisbane after taking out the 2010 tournament, set up a likely second-round blockbuster against fellow former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic, who opens her campaign today against Austrian Tamira Paszek.

Australian wildcard Casey Dellacqua fell 6-4 6-2 to Serb Bojana Jovanovski.

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