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Unhappy Kim Fears Wrist Injury Will Keep Her Out of French Open

Updated: 06:19 AM EDT

Tennis-Clijsters' French Open fears mount

BRUSSELS, April 21 (Reuters) - World number two Kim Clijsters has mounting fears a wrist injury may prevent her from taking part in next month's French Open championships.
At best, the twice runner-up is worried she will not be fit enough to give her best at the claycourt grand slam.

"I'm seriously worried about Roland Garros," Clijsters told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Pacific Life Open in California last month after suffering the left wrist injury, and initially thought she would be out for up to six weeks.

Earlier this week she told her website: "My wrist is still a bit stiff... I want to have it rest as much as possible until Friday and then have a real test.

"I'll decide only then about my Fed Cup participation. A decision doesn't only deal with the weekend, but I shouldn't jeopardise any future tournament."

Clijsters is due to represent Belgium in this weekend's Fed Cup clash with Croatia in her home town of Bree.

"If I sense it's not working out, then I will listen to my own body and not take any chances. Then I won't play, not even in my own home town of Bree," she told Wednesday's newspaper.

"And if I am not able to play this weekend, how long will it take before it will work?," she added.

The beginning of Clijsters' season was also hampered by injury after she hurt her left ankle just before the Australian Open.

The Belgian played through the pain and reached the final of the season's first slam before losing to fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne.

The French Open runs from May 24 until June 6. Wimbledon begins on June 21.



04/21/04 06:17 ET

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Then why did she play that "Love Match" with Leyton?
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Then why did she play that "Love Match" with Leyton?
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Because it was not a real match, only an exibition. And she did not hit a single doublehanded backhand, only the (onehanded) slice. So basically, she didn't use that wrist
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Then why did she play that "Love Match" with Leyton?
Because it was just an exhibition for fun in which she hardly used her backhand and if she did, it was a slice one-hander. So she hardly used the wrist. The whole was good enough for a bit of fun, but not for competitive tennis.

EDIT: Sorry Nicky. Didn't see your response. The latest is that the injury is not a stress reaction anymore, but that it is now an infection. Not sure what the implications are. She had a cortisone injection On Monday, I believe.
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I know that leg injuries and wrist injuries are totally different, but the injury before the AO seemed much worse than this.

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This is very confusing, in one report, she is fine and there is more chance to play even in Fed Cup than not and now a report saying she is fearing not being able to play in RG?

I hope she does play in RG along with all other injured/sick players.

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She will play. Remember the Aussie Open she was so injured that meybe she would play, but most probably not? She played and got to the final.

Trust me she will be there.

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I agree, it's all very confusing. Especially for us anxious fans. What I am getting from the news coverage the past few days is that she is hoping that the cortisone shot will do the trick. In that case she can play Fed Cup. But if it doesn't help, she doesn't know what will and how long it will take to heal. So the treatment working is the big questionmark right now, it seems like.
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I know that leg injuries and wrist injuries are totally different, but the injury before the AO seemed much worse than this.
It's not where the injury occurs that matters, it's the type of injury. The wrist injury is a stress reaction or an inflammation, and those type of injuries are bitches in terms of healing time (as I know too well myself ). All you can do is rest (and take cortisone injections, but that's not really healthy my doctor always told me), but you can't really predict how long it will take to heal.

I guess Kim is anxious to play, hopes to play, but fears it won't be possible. And she told the press that much. Depending on the journalist/newspaper however, the possibility she will play versus the fear she won't be able to play is highlighted . And hence the different reports/articles that reach us...
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She will play. Remember the Aussie Open she was so injured that meybe she would play, but most probably not? She played and got to the final.

Trust me she will be there.
I wondered the same thing too. The media attention her ankle received during the AO was incredible, even she herself said she would wait until the last minute to decide whether or not she would play. It sounded like someone who would fall to myskina but she marched all the way to the final. I am sure Kim will play one of the red clay tournys and FO and do incredibly well in both.

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Kim can still play even if injured. She can slice her backhand if she has to use it.
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She will play. Remember the Aussie Open she was so injured that meybe she would play, but most probably not? She played and got to the final.

Trust me she will be there.
Injury to the wrist affects her play much more than the ankle injury, which hampers the movement but not the strokes.

I would hate it if she has to miss RG but rather that than have her play for a couple of weeks and then pull out again.
Hope she introduces that slice as a regular element to her game.

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I love Kim, but this is BS, and in tennis...you will use your wrist, It's natural to play your game, for those of us that actually play tennis we know that. If she's doubtful for the French, the Love Match shouldn't have happened. END OF STORY.

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