Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters pulled out of the semifinals of the Unicef Open in the Netherlands because of an abdominal injury, the women’s WTA tennis tour said.
Clijsters, who missed the clay-court season because of a hip injury, had been scheduled to play Poland’s Urszula Radwanska today in Rosmalen.
The Belgian’s withdrawal is “preventative” to make sure her goal of trying to win her first Wimbledon singles title isn’t affected, her coach Carl Maes told reporters. She is “very disappointed” to pull out of an event that’s so close to home, Maes said.
Clijsters, who will retire after the U.S. Open, plays former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the opening round of Wimbledon, which starts June 25.
Clijsters, 29, has won three U.S. Open titles and one Australian Open championship. She missed Wimbledon last year because of a foot injury.
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