Kim Clijsters "feeling better on grass every day"

The Flemish tennis diva Kim Clijsters has reached the last 4 of the UNICEF Open in Rosmalen, in the Netherlands. She defeated Italy's Francesca Schiavone in straight sets, after an entertaining tie-break. Kim Clijsters is gearing up for Wimbledon on the Dutch grass, and feels ready for a nice end to her career.

Kim Clijsters won the match 6-3, 7-6. In a tense tie-break, she saved two set points. Both players had their chances, but Schiavone double-faulted three times with Clijsters taking it 9/7.

Kim Clijsters missed the French Open due to injuries but hopes she will enjoy a successful grass court season. Rosmalen is her preparation for Wimbledon, and it is looking good: "I am glad I have at least one more match to get in form on grass. I am starting to feel better on grass every day. This was a good test, Schiavone is a good player." Clijsters next meets Poland's Urszula Radwanska.

In the men's event, Xavier Malisse also obtained a place in the semis, defeating Luxemburg's Gilles Müller 6-3, 4-6 and 6-1. Malisse next bumps into the German qualifier Philipp Petzschner.