Clijsters may skip French Open

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Former US Open champion Kim Clijsters may miss the French Open and limit her farewell season further to reduce the risk of injury.

Clijsters may skip French Open

Brussels: Former US Open champion Kim Clijsters may miss the French Open and limit her farewell season further to reduce the risk of injury. Clijsters, ranked 4th in the world, pulled out of this week's Open Gaz de France in Paris because of a sore hip to ensure that she could play in next week's Diamond Games in Antwerp.It would be her last tournament in Belgium before retiring at the end of the year.Clijsters also said that she will skip the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells from March 5-18 so that she can play in the following Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. She won both Tier I events in 2005. "I will have to take more rest after every tournament. It means I will skip Indian Wells so have three weeks of rest until Miami," she said on her website."It might well be that I skip Roland Garros, so I would be fit for Eastbourne and Wimbledon in June," she added.The 23-year-old Clijsters has twice been a French Open finalist, in 2001 and 2003. She has played two tournaments this year, winning her 34th career title in Sydney before reaching the Australian Open semifinals.She returned to Belgium with a sore hip and will resume serious training from Friday. She plays her first match since the Australian Open next Wednesday in Antwerp. Clijsters has been dogged by injuries in her career. Last year, a left wrist injury prevented her from entering the US Open to defend her title, and playing in the Fed Cup final.

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