Angelique Kerber defeated Ekaterina Makarova at the AEGON International 6-2 6-4 and reached her first semifinal on grass while becoming a leader in match wins in 2012. At the other tournament of the week, Kim Clijsters is reaffirming her comeback by reaching the semifinals of the Unicef Open.
Yesterday Kerber recorded her 38th match win of the year, tying world No.2 Victoria Azarenka and world No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska, but today she took the lead with 39 wins and will play her seventh semifinal of the season having Klara Zakopalova on the other side of the court.
Defending champion at the AEGON International is Marion Bartoli and she’s also through to the semis where she’ll face Tamira Paszek, who will be playing her first Premier-level semifinal.
Elsewhere, at the Unicef Open, after easing past Kateryna Bondarenko in the second round, Kim Clijsters defeated Francesca Schiavone 6-3 7-6(7) in the quarterfinals. Playing her first event since March, Clijsters increased her record against Schiavone to 12-0. In the previous rounds at the tournament, Schiavone came back from 5-3 down in the third set against Maria Kirilenko and against Irina-Camelia Begu she fought off eight match points. Clijsters will face qualifier Urszula Radwanska in the semis. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)