Kim Clijsters injured

Updated: Jan 06, 2012, 17:23 PM IST

Brisbane: Kim Clijsters suffered an injury scare ahead of her Australian Open defence when she was forced to retire from her Brisbane International semi-final against Slovakia`s Daniela Hantuchova on Friday.

Clijsters had fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the first set to win a tiebreak but took an injury timeout after the third game of the second set, which Hantuchova was leading 2-1, for treatment on an apparent hip injury.

The 28-year-old four-times grand-slam champion returned but lost the next game and then retired.

Hantuchova, who received a walkover into the semi-finals after Serena Williams pulled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, will meet either Francesca Schiavone or Kaia Kanepi in the final on Saturday.

In the men`s draw, top seed Andy Murray looked far sharper than in his earlier matches and romped into the semi-finals with a 6-2 6-2 thrashing of Marcos Baghdatis.

The world number four, bidding to break his grand-slam drought at the Australian Open in Melbourne later this month, had been less than convincing in his two previous matches but was ruthless against the Cypriot.

The 24-year-old Briton broke the former Australian Open finalist`s serve four times and served out in 66 minutes.

"I felt solid on the ball and because I was moving better he didn`t hit too many winners," said Murray, who played doubles with Baghdatis in Brisbane.

The Scot was pleased with his movement around the court.

"It`s a huge part of my game and when that goes well then normally the rest of my game improves a lot.

"I can dictate more of the point, I can make it harder for my opponents to get the ball through me. That`s what I did from the start."

Murray will now meet Bernard Tomic after the Australian teenager beat Uzbekistan`s Denis Istomin 6-3, 7-6.

Saturday`s semi-final will be the first for Tomic at an ATP Tour-level tournament though Murray said he would not be taking the 19-year-old lightly.

"He`s very unorthodox, very different to a lot of the guys on the tour nowadays," Murray said of last year`s Wimbledon quarter-finalist.

"He`s quite unpredictable. He can play a couple of games where he doesn`t do much then he can play three or four great games so you have to be on the ball against him mentally."

Bureau Report