Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Injured Clijsters out of Fed Cup semis

(CNN) -- Belgian Kim Clijsters was forced to pull out of the European nation's Fed Cup semifinal against Czech Republic on Monday with shoulder and wrist injuries.
The world number two was due to play in the tie in the Belgian town of Charleroi on April 16-17, but the Australian Open champion has been advised to take at least four to six weeks out of the sport.
"I think this is a great pity," the 2010 U.S. Open winner told her official website.
"The Fed Cup is something I was really looking forward to, but I felt that something was out of the ordinary.
The Fed Cup is something I was really looking forward to
--Kim Clijsters
"There were too many minor ailments, one after the other, which did not seem to disappear. Something like that gets into your head."
Clijsters, 27, wanted to take time to recuperate ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros in May, where she was a beaten finalist in 2001 and 2003.
"I don't want to force anything, because I want to prevent it from becoming chronic by any means. I really want to be there at this year's Roland Garros.
"Now there is no other option than to rest and I certainly can't use a tennis racket for the first few weeks. We will continue with lots of physiotherapy and exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles."
The four-time grand slam champion has also withdrawn from the forthcoming WTA Tour event in Madrid, Spain at the end of April.
The news further limits Belgium's selection options after former world number one Justine Henin retired due to an elbow injury earlier this year.
The Fed Cup is the equivalent of the Davis Cup on the men's tour, and pits countries against each other in a group competition before advancing to the knock-out stages.
Launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the annual competition has been won by Italy for the last two years.
Clijsters retired from tennis in May 2007 in order to give birth to her first child, but returned in August 2009.
The former world number one has been in sparkling form since making her comeback and has won the U.S. Open for the last two seasons, in addition to her Melbourne Park triumph in January.
The Bree-born star has earmarked May's tournament in Rome, Italy to make her return from injury.
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