Clijsters in doubt for Australian Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

World No. 2 Kim Clijsters is in doubt for the Australian Open after injuring her hip in a warmup at the Sydney International on Wednesday.

Clijsters in doubt for Australian Open

Sydney:

World No. 2 Kim Clijsters is in doubt for the Australian Open after injuring her hip in a warmup at the Sydney International on Wednesday, forcing her to default her quarterfinal match. Clijsters will have scans in Sydney on Thursday morning to determine the cause of her injury after complaining of an acute muscle pain in her left hip. Back problemsClijsters, who won her first Grand Slam at the US Open last September, said she had experienced some back problems since flying to Australia from Hong Kong last weekend. "It's terrible," said Clijsters. "My back has been bothering me the last few days, so I don't know if that had something to do with it - maybe compensating for my back, maybe pushing. I don't know." The injury occurred with Clijsters' first serve during a warmup for her match against Italian Francesca Schiavone. "I don't know what the injury is yet," she said. "I need to have more tests done tomorrow. I hurt it warming up. I was hitting for about 20 minutes, just my groundstroke, and I was feeling fine. "Then all of a sudden I just started to do serves and as soon as I served I felt really, really sharp pains ... like my groin or my hip. "It got worse. Ever since then it's gotten worse and worse. I could hardly walk up the stairs." Injury worriesClijsters returned to competition last year following left wrist surgery and also had to fight back from a right knee strain during 2005 to win a tour-leading nine titles. A posting on Clijsters' Dutch language Web site said the 22-year-old Belgian star would decide on her Australian Open campaign after the scans. "If it is a strain, she will just go to Melbourne," the statement said. "With the necessary rest, she hopes to be ready for the first game." "That is something I don't want to think of yet," she told a news conference. (AP)



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