Brisbane - Kim Clijsters' Australian Open defence was thrown into turmoil after
she was forced to retire from her Brisbane International semi-final
against Daniela Hantuchova on Friday with a hip injury.
had taken the first set in a tiebreak and was down a break of serve
early in the second when she called for the trainer before taking an
injury time out.
She came back on court and tried to continue but
conceded the match to the Slovakian, Hantuchova winning 6-7 (4/7), 3-1
to move into the final against either Francesca Schiavone or Kaia
Clijsters is the second high profile casualty of the tournament following Serena Williams' ankle sprain in the second round.
also benefited from that injury with Williams withdrawing from their
quarter-final, handing the Slovakian passage into the semi-finals.