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Injury could spell end of Clijsters career

According to a quote from the tournament doctor in Belgium anyway...let's hope it's not true...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/3712082.stm

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Clijsters comeback ends

Belgian Kim Clijsters will spend the rest of 2004 on the sidelines because of a new injury to her left wrist.

Initial reports from the Belgian Open on Saturday suggested the injury was not as serious as a similar problem which wrecked her season.

But tournament doctor Bruno Willems was far more negative on Monday.

"This injury can mean the end of her career," Willems told Belgium's De Morgen newspaper. "I hope she comes back, but I'm pessimistic."



Clijsters was trailing 6-4 2-2 to Elena Bovina in Saturday's semi-finals when she was forced to retire.

It was her first competitive action for five months after tearing her wrist tendons and undergoing surgery.

Doctors assured Clijsters her old condition has fully healed but now the new injury has again delayed her return to the top. Speaking on Sunday, Clijsters said: "I hope I don't have to be operated on again." And her website said the problem might be fixed with a brace and anti-inflammatory medicine. She is set to undergo more tests this week.


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Poor Kimmy

I hope she gets better - so she and Lleyton can be #1 at the same time

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ooooohhhhhh, you're going to be shot by a certain someone for posting that!!
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calm down Rocketta,although those are only speculations,they are based on some facts.. let's hope Kim will be back on court next season


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Yes, the BBC often has this problem

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i hope she is able to come back and play competitively. this would be a terrible way to end her career.

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Nooo.. hope it's just another rumour.



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Is it even legal for a doctor to make a public speculation on an injury. Isn't that usually made to the patient and then it is upto the patient to tell whoever she pleases? Come on Kim, take all the time you need, there is nothing alot of rest cannot cure esp for a 20 year old.

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You forgot to copy/paste the end of the article:
Thanks...although I'm sure thats all there was when i first cut and pasted

But yes, when it comes to tennis at least, the BBC website does like to take one quote and turn it into a story in itself. I dont really see how the doctor who saw her on the day of the injury can make such an assumption. And anyway, I reckon Clijsters would have a shot at a career with a single handed backhand if she was forced to make the choice.

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Foxsports also went with the same story, with a tad more detail:



Wrist injury could end Clijsters' career

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Kim Clijsters' latest wrist injury, suffered at the Gaz de France Stars during the weekend, could mean the end of her career, the doctor of her home tournament said Monday.

Many Belgian newspapers were also pessimistic after the injury in Saturday's semifinal, which ended her comeback tournament after a five-month layoff and any hopes of playing again this year.

"This injury can mean the end of her career," said tournament doctor Bruno Willems in Monday's edition of De Morgen.

"Let's be straight: this is a drama for Kim. I hope she comes back, but I'm pessimistic."

After withdrawing with the left wrist injury 2-2 in the second set, having lost the first against Elena Bovina, 21-year-old Clijsters immediately canceled the four tournaments she was to play in.

"I hope I don't have to be operated on again," she said Sunday.

Even though she is a right hander, she needs her left wrist for her double-handed backhand.

Newspapers cast further gloom.

"It was a tragedy," said former Belgian star Filip Dewulf in Het Laatste Nieuws.

"We wait in fear," said De Morgen. "Together with (Justine) Henin-Hardenne she has given Belgium so much tennis pleasure, and it would be especially sad that the likable top star cannot continue because of injury."

Clijsters' Web site was more optimistic, saying the problem might well be fixed with a brace and anti-inflammatory medicine. She is set to undergo more tests this week.

Clijsters made her return to the tour in her home tournament last week after being sidelined for five months by problems with the same wrist. She had already dropped to No. 7 in the world and will slide out of the top ten by the end of the year. She hopes to return to the tour early next year in the warm-up tournaments for the Australian Open.

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Oh no...... let just all cross our fingers, that would be horrible not only for her, but for the game....

Get well soon Kim.

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This is from her website. Let's hope for the best!

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Source: http://www.kimclijsters.be/

The wrist again... 03-10-2004

Kim Clijsters' injury appears to be not too serious. Ice, rest, inflammatory drugs and a brace (again) should have her ready for 2005.

During the sixth game of the semi final against Bovina, Kim felt a sudden pain in her left wrist on a difficult backhand. The pain only got worse, even after treatment. Retiring from the match had become inevitable.

New medical examination and Medical Image Analysis (echo review and NMR analysis) revealed a new injury in the left wrist, close to the old injury (which repeatedly showed completely recovered on previous examinations and NMR).

This time, the problem is most likely the tendon of an important wrist extensor (extensor carpi ulnaris). Luckily, the tendon isn't severely damaged. Possibly some filaments have come off, or the tendon sheath. Further examining over the next few days will give final proof.

Ice, rest, inflammatory drugs and a brace (again) are probably the most important now. Further treatment will be discussed together with Kim's entourage and the wrist surgeons doctors Kinen and Verstreken. A new surgery is not being planned for the time being.

After being out for so many months, Kim was more than ever ready to return to her previous top level. This she proved during training as well as during the first two matches. The new injury is quite a blow, but will be and shall be resolved. After being out for a couple of months, Clijsters will be a full 100% ready for 2005!
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Scary. But let's hope for the best.

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Poor Kim
Hope she get well soon

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