Clijsters Out Of Indian Wells


Kim Clijsters will miss the WTA Indian Wells tournament after failing to recover from an ankle injury, the Belgian announced on Wednesday, although she will return for the March 19-April 1 Miami event.

AFP reports that former world number one Clijsters, the 2003 and 2005 champion at Indian Wells, hurt her left ankle during the Australian Open where she reached the semi-finals.

“I’m very disappointed that due to my ankle injury I’m not able to take part in this year’s BNP Paribas Open,” Clijsters said in a statement on her official website.

“Indian Wells has always been quite a special tourmanent for me. In 2003 and 2005 I won the event after a period of recovery from an injury.

“I really have the most fond memories of Indian Wells and always enjoyed the support I got there from the audience. I wish the tournament the very best.”

This year’s Indian Wells event gets underway on March 5.

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