Clijsters falls over dog, bruises tailbone
The Associated Press
Published: October 24, 2006
Kim Clijsters bruised her tailbone after stumbling over her dog while playing soccer.
Despite the injury, Clijsters said Tuesday she was still on course to return to the WTA Tour next week.
Clijsters was forced to stop training for two days because of the accident but said she will play at the Gaz de France Stars, which starts Monday in Hasselt.
The sixth-ranked Belgian was kicking a soccer ball in the garden with her boyfriend and her dogs when she collided with one of her pets.
"I stumbled over Diesel and fell badly," she said on her Web site. "Very stupid. ... Fortunately it was nothing serious but it was bad enough to have to take two days of rest."
Clijsters has been sidelined with a wrist injury for more than two months. She still expects to qualify for the season-ending WTA Championship in Madrid, Spain.
Clijsters wore a brace for a month after falling on her surgically repaired wrist during a tournament in Montreal in August. She was unable to defend her U.S. Open title and missed the Fed Cup final, which Belgium lost to Italy. Clijsters also missed most of the 2004 season because of the injury.
The 23-year-old Clijsters has dealt with assorted ankle, knee and back ailments and plans to retire next year.
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