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05 April 2011

Injured Clijsters ruled out for Belgium


Kim Clijsters (BEL)

World No. 2 Kim Clijsters has been forced out of Belgium’s team to face Czech Republic in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals in Charleroi on 16-17 April.

Clijsters suffered with shoulder and wrist injuries during the American hard court season at Indian Wells and Miami, and has been ruled out of action for at least four weeks.

"I think this is a great pity," said Clijsters on her official website. "The Fed Cup is something I was really looking forward to, but I felt that something was out of the ordinary.

“There were too many minor ailments, one after the other, which did not seem to disappear. Something like that gets into your head.

"I don't want to force anything, because I want to prevent it from becoming chronic by any means. I really want to be there at this year's Roland Garros.

"Now there is no other option than to rest and I certainly can't use a tennis racket for the first few weeks. We will continue with lots of physiotherapy and exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles."

Clijsters, the reigning US Open and Australian Open champion, led Belgium to a 4-1 victory over USA in the first round, but will now have to rely on her teammates to get the home side through to the final.

With Justine Henin retired, the responsibility will likely fall on the shoulders of Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens against a full strength Czech line-up of Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

The deadline for official team nominations is on 6 April.

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