Clijsters doubts she will play U.S. Open in her farewell year
By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer
March 19, 2007
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Don't expect too much from Kim Clijsters during her farewell season.
After pulling out of the French Open, the Belgian announced she also might drop the U.S. Open from her schedule because her honeymoon with American basketball player Brian Lynch is just weeks before the Aug. 27-Sept. 9 Grand Slam tennis tournament.
As for Wimbledon, she again plans to take it easy.
"I'll be doing some cooking and will be training a bit," Clijsters said Monday on her Web site.
The fifth-ranked Belgian could limit herself to about six events before bowing out at the WTA event in Stuttgart, Germany, from Oct. 1-7.
"Tennis is nearly over. A couple of more tournaments, saying goodbye mostly and then enjoying having fun with the other players," Clijsters said.
The 23-year-old Clijsters has been battling injuries for much of her career, and increasingly so over the last few years. In 2006, a left wrist injury prevented her from entering the U.S. Open to defend her title, and from playing in the Fed Cup final.
It has made the former top-ranked player increasingly yearn for a conventional life.
"I'll finally be starting the new part of my life I have been longing for so hard: family, friends, married life and the dogs I have difficulty with in leaving behind," she wrote on her site.
This year, Clijsters won her 34th career singles title in Sydney and reached the Australian Open semifinals, only to return home with a sore hip. She dropped out of the Gaz de France event to be fully fit to play at the Diamond Games in Antwerp, her last stand in Belgium, where she lost to Amelie Mauresmo in the final.
The "fantastic goodbye" by 14,500 fans at the Sports Palace gave her "the energy again to start training" for the Sony Ericsson Open, which starts Thursday in Key Biscayne, Florida.
She will drop the French Open because she has to prepare her July 14 wedding in her hometown of Bree and a later party in the United States. With a honeymoon to follow, it will give her little time to concentrate on Flushing Meadows.
"It is difficult to know whether I will be able to make it to the U.S. Open," Clijsters said.