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Tennis: Clijsters eyes Aussie open slot

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posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 08:59 AM
Kim Clijsters' hopes of contesting the Australian Open have improved. The former world number one has had a brace removed from her troublesome left wrist and is back in training.

Clijsters, now ranked 22nd in the world, did not enter the Australian Open from January 17-30 because of concerns she would not be fit enough. But, according to her website, she still has a chance to return to Melbourne Park, where she lost the 2004 final to compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne.

"On Saturday, Kim visited her French doctor," the statement said.

"The wrist is recovering well and Kim will now be able to move on without a brace.

"Kim can now carefully start power training for her wrist. She still has to be aware though of making rotating movements. The revalidation is going according to plan.

"From January onwards, Kim will be allowed to use backhands. Of course, only then it will be clear how the wrist is really doing.

"Should the revalidation and preparation go well there might still be a chance on a possible participation in the Australian Open."


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