Clijsters withdraws from U.S. Open

Friday August 19th, 2011

Shortly after Belgian newspaper De Standaard reported Kim Clijsters' withdrawal from the U.S. Open on Friday, the USTA confirmed the news and released a statement.

“Unfortunately, I will not be able to defend my U.S. Open title this year because of a stomach muscle injury (left rectus abdominus strain)," Clijsters said in a statement. " Two weeks of rehab was not enough to heal this injury.  Obviously I’m very disappointed.  I trained very hard this summer and felt in a good shape to play the U.S. Open.

“Now there is nothing else I can do than to rest and have treatment every day.  If a gradual approach is not taken, I will relapse in the same injury, and therefore I have also no other possibility than to withdrawal from the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing.”

The withdrawal of the three-time U.S. Open champion is a blow to a women's draw already wanting for star wattage.

Clijsters won the Australian Open in January, but lost in the second round at the French Open before withdrawing from Wimbledon with a foot injury.

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