Kim Clijsters withdraws from Unicef Open
Tournament organizers say Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the
Unicef Open with an abdominal strain just hours before she was due
to play Urszula Radwanska in the semifinals.
The four-time Grand Slam winner’s physiotherapist, Sam
Versleghers, said Clijsters dropped out of the Dutch grass-court
tournament on Friday to avoid jeopardizing her chances of playing
at Wimbledon, which starts Monday.
The 29-year-old Belgian is unseeded at Wimbledon for the first
time since 2000 and has a tough first-round draw against
18th-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.
Clijsters said earlier this year she intends to retire after the
US Open, where she won in 2005, 2009 and 2010. She also won the
Australian Open in 2011.