World No.1 women's tennis player Kim Clijsters made an unexpected early exit Thursday from the Rogers Cup hardcourt tennis tournament in Toronto, Canada.
The top-seeded Belgian lost in the third round to unseeded Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya in three sets, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. Clijsters surpassed American Serena Williams earlier this week to take the world number one ranking.
Other seeded players upset Thursday were No.4 Daniela Hantuchova of the Czech Republic, No. 5 Anastasia Myskina of Russia, 7th-seeded South African Amanda Coetzer and 8th seed Jelena Dokic of Serbia and Montenegro.
Hantuchova fell to unseeded Argentine Paola Suarez, 6-2, 6-0. Myskina was upset by 9th-seeded countrywoman Elena Dementieva, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. No. 12 Elena Bovina of Russia knocked off Coetzer, 6-2, 6-1, and Dokic fell to 10th-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2.
Second-seed Justin Henin-Hardenne of Belgium and third-seeded Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo each beat the "seed jinx" to advance.
Henin-Hardenne dismissed countrywoman Nadia Petrova, the 14th seed, in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, and Mauresmo defeated unseeded Fabiola Zululaga of Colombia, 6-4, 6-2. In other results, Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia bested Maugui Serna of Spain, 6-1, 7-6.