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Friday, May 13, 2011

TENNIS: Kim Clijsters on track to make French Open - ESPN NEWS

BRUSSELS: Kim Clijsters is recovering well from shoulder, wrist and ankle injuries and is on schedule to compete in the French Open. Her spokesman Gert Van Goolen said Friday that “everything is on schedule regarding training and recovery” to make the May 22 starting date of Roland Garros. “There are no signs anything is going bad,” he said. Clijsters had been sidelined since early last month and only resumed on-court training last week. She hopes to be able to make a definitive decision on her participation early next week.

Clijsters is a two-time runner-up at the French Open and slow clay is generally considered her weakest surface. Up to last week, she had been considered doubtful to compete in Paris. During a busy early spring schedule, Clijsters overexerted her right shoulder and wrist and withdrew from the tour last month. Then she compounded her problems when she also injured her right ankle while wearing high heels at her cousin’s wedding. She withdrew from the ongoing Italian Open in Rome and has no plans for a preparation tournament before the French Open. However, after a tentative first training outing last week, she has progressively felt stronger during subsequent sessions. The reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion remains No. 2 in the world rankings behind Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

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