Clijsters withdraws from US Open

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Two-time defending champion Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the US Open after failing to recover from a stomach muscle injury.

It has been an injury-hit season for the world number three, who missed most of the clay-court season and Wimbledon with an ankle injury before being forced out of last week's tournament in Toronto with the stomach problem.

Clijsters said:"Unfortunately I will not be able to defend my US Open title this year because of a stomach muscle injury. 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 revealed she has also pulled out of the WTA Tour Premier events in Tokyo and Beijing at the end of September and start of October, and it is certainly a possibility that she will not play again this year.

The Belgian added:

' 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 withdraw from the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing.'

The US Open was the stage on which Clijsters announced her return to the game after two and a half years in retirement in spectacular fashion in 2009.


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