Den Bosch: Belgian duo Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters made winning starts to their Wimbledon preparations with comfortable second-round victories at the Ordina Open on Wednesday.
French Open champion Henin-Hardenne picked up where she left off in Paris with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Spaniard Maria-Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo.
Clijsters bounced back after losing to her compatriot in the Roland Garros final by beating Zimbabwean Cara Black 6-4, 6-4 to also reach the quarter finals.
Henin-Hardenne, seeded second behind Clijsters here, stepped up a gear after an early exchange of breaks to take the first set and then wrap up victory.
“The first match is always tough on grass but I think with a few more matches I will be ready for Wimbledon,” Henin-Hardenne said.
Clijsters began slowly but grew in confidence, mixing her powerful groundstrokes with a delicate touch.