Kim Clijsters has advanced to the semifinals of the Brisbane International after a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Iveta Benesova. Clijsters had won the title in 2010 and missed the 2011 tournament. She is now 8-0 overall for the tournaments leading up to the Australian Open.
“I’m very satisfied with the way that I played,” Clijsters said. “In my previous match I lost my focus a bit. I was really focused on not letting that happen today.”
Clijsters went straight up to a 5-0 lead, prior to Benesova coming back three games in a row, who also is the player who knocked out U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the second round. Clijsters will now go on to play Daniela Hantuchova in the semifinals that got a walkover in the quarters when Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament.
Clijsters had a three-set win over Ana Ivanovic in the second round, but did not let Benesova get that close in the quarters.
Francesca Schiavone, the number three seed, will play Kaia Kanepi from Estonia in the women's semifinal on the other side of the draw. Kanepi took five match points to defeat Andrea Petkovic who was the second seed.
“I just played really bad in the first set,” Petkovic said. “My footwork was very sloppy, and afterwards I started moving a little better, but when somebody is hitting as hard as Kaia—and she was serving incredible—then you really have to be on point with your footwork."