sorry to bust your bubble but.......
Clijsters withdraws from Australian Open
December 9, 2004
MELBOURNE, Australia (Ticker) - Kim Clijsters
' chronic wrist injury has saved both herself and former lover Lleyton Hewitt
any embarrassing moments at next month's Australian Open.
After consultation with doctors and physiotherapists, Clijsters has joined former Australian Jelena Dokic
in bypassing the championship, which begins January 17.
Clijsters and Hewitt called off their engagement in October.
"Kim's wrist obviously isn't going to be rehabilitated in time for the the first grand slam of the new season," McNamee told an Australian newspaper. "We wish her all the best at what must be a difficult time and hope to see her fit and back playing on the tour again in 2005."
Clijsters had hinted she would not venture to Australia.
"My wrist still calls for a lot of attention and care, and I can use my time to spend it well," she said. "My wrist still is a crucial part of my everyday life - loads of physio and recovery exercises."
Clijsters was able to compete in only one major this year - the Australian Open, where she reached the final. Her season has been ruined by the wrist injury, restricting her to just 22 matches - 20 of which were wins.
Dokic has not played the Australian Open since 2001, when she lost in the first round after her father, Damir, accused officials of rigging the draw. She renounced her Australian citizenship soon after. Dokic would have required a wildcard for the 2005 championships because her ranking has crumbled from 15th at the end of last season to 127th. Aside from Brazil's triple French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten
(hip operation), most leading players will travel to Melbourne Park.