Kim Clijsters Has Pulled Out Of The U.S. Open With A Stomach Muscle Injury

Kim Clijsters

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DEFENDING CHAMPION KIM Clijsters has pulled out of the upcoming US Open with a stomach muscle injury.The Belgian has been beset by injury troubles since winning the Australian Open earlier this year, and missed this summer’s Wimbledon tournament with an ankle problem.

“Unfortunately, I will not be able to defend my US Open title this year because of a stomach muscle injury (left rectus abdominus strain),” revealed a disappointed Clijsters on the official US Open website.

“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 US Open.”

Clijsters returned to the women’s circuit in 2009 after taking two years off to have a baby. She became the first unseeded woman to win the US Open that year, before reclaiming the trophy in 2010.

The 28-year-old has won four Grand Slams in her career and is currently ranked third in the world.

The US Open begins at Flushing Meadows on 29 August.

READ – Clijsters’ statement in full on the US Open website >
This post originally appeared at The Score.