HASSELT (Belgium): Defending champion Kim Clijsters continued her comeback from a two-month injury layoff with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Germany’s Martina Mueller in the second round of the Hasselt Cup on Thursday.
The top seed, who was sidelined with a wrist injury, controlled the 90-minute match throughout and set up a quarter-final meeting with another German, Sandra Kloesel.
Kloesel, ranked 119th in the world, beat seventh-seed Australian Samantha Stosur 7-6, 2-6, 6-3.
However, there was disappointment for Clijsters’ Belgian compatriot Caroline Maes, who was beaten by Michaela Krajicek of Holland 7-6, 2-6, 6-3.
The Dutch player will next face Serbian three seed, Ana Ivanovic who also had a tough time before beating Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.
Second seed Francesca Schiaone of Italy booked her spot in the last eight with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska. The Italian will next face Kaia Kanepi after the Estonian overcame Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-3, 6-4. – Reuters