Monday, August 21, 2006

AP: Clijsters officially out of U.S. Open

...The No. 2-ranked Clijsters was forced to quit a match Wednesday at the hard-court tournament in Montreal after falling on the surgically repaired wrist. The next day, a posting on her Web site said an MRI exam and X-ray showed the problem was worse than originally believed and that the Belgian probably would be sidelined for two months.

The U.S. Open starts Aug. 28.

Clijsters missed most of the 2004 season with the wrist injury. She's dealt with assorted ankle, knee and back problems, too, and points to her health problems as a reason that she plans to retire in 2007, even though she's only 23.

I feel bad for Clijsters after all the work she put in to come back from first injuring her wrist. I'd hate to see her retire next year, but I can understand her decision given the hours of rehab and the chance of re-injury.

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