Clijsters says no new operation on wrist needed

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Kim Clijsters will not need a new operation on her injury-plagued left wrist, but will be out of tennis until next season to let it recover.

Clijsters says no new operation on wrist needed

Brussels: Kim Clijsters will not need a new operation on her injury-plagued left wrist, but will be out of tennis until next season to let it recover, the former world No. 1 said today. The Belgian will have to rest for at least another six weeks, wear a brace and take anti-inflammatory medicine after she injured the wrist during her comeback tournament in Belgium last week. "At the moment there is no need for an operation," her website, www.kimclijsters.com, announced. In the semifinal match of the Gaz de France Stars against Russia's Elena Bovina, Clijsters injured a tendon in the same wrist that kept her off the WTA tour for five months this year and which required surgery over the summer. Even though she is a right-hander, Clijsters needs a powerful left for her double-fisted backhand. "In the case of a powerful and agile player like Kim (over-) extension of the tendon is a constant threat," her website said. Many Belgian newspapers have already speculated that the latest injury could put an end to the 21-year old's career. She's already slumped to the world's No. 7 ranked player, and will fall out of the top 10 by the end of the year. Clijsters now hopes to return to the tour early next year in the warm-up tournaments for the Australian Open. (AP)
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