Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne to skip Fed Cup
October 7, 2003
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne will skip the Fed Cup, leaving Belgium without the world's Nos. 1 and 2 players for next month's semifinal against the United States.
The top-ranked Clijsters complained the tournament should not be held in Moscow because of poor attendance when the event was there two years ago.
Henin-Hardenne, the U.S. Open and French Open champion, pulled out last month because of a back injury.
Els Callens, ranked 84th, will lead the team Nov. 19-20, the Belgian federation said Tuesday. Belgium's second player, Caroline Maes, is ranked No. 243.
The other semifinal in Moscow is between Russia and France. The final is Nov. 22-23 in Moscow.
Belgium won the Fed Cup two years ago when Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne played in the final. This year, Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne led Belgium past Austria and Slovakia with 5-0 victories to reach the semifinals.
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