Kim Clijsters returned to competitive tennis this week, after a three-month hip injury layoff, and she imposed herself as a big threat for the upcoming Wimbledon by reaching the semifinals of the Unicef Open. However, just hours before her match with Urszula Radwanska, Clijsters preventively withdrew with a stomach muscle strain. The Belgian is sure, though, that she will play Wimbledon, the last one of her career.
At the tournament in Eastbourne, Tamira Paszek reached her first Premier-level final, while world No.8 Angelique Kerber recorded her 40th win in 2012, the most of any other player, to reach the title match. Paszek came to Eastbourne with 11 first-round losses this year and in the semifinal against fourth seed and defending champion Marion Bartoli she fought back from losing the first set and trailing 0-4 in the second and 0-2 in the third. Kerber cruised past Klara Zakopalova for a 6-0 6-3 win. (source: WTA Tour, photo: © Neal Trousdale)