Clijsters' Open doubt
Wednesday 14 January 2004
The former champion, Jennifer Capriati, yesterday joined a growing list of big names who have withdrawn from next week's Australian Open - and Kim Clijsters could be next.
The Belgian world No 2 yesterday withdrew from the adidas International in Sydney and is a major doubt to take part in the opening Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne, which starts on Monday.
Clijsters, who injured her ankle at the Hopman Cup in Perth last week, is reluctant to play at the Australian Open unless she is fully fit. "Since it happened, a lot of people have been telling me you shouldn't wait if you want to be ready for Melbourne - which will definitely be in doubt now," she said.
Capriati pulled out of an exhibition event in Hong Kong last week for further treatment on a back injury. Capriati follows the defending champion, Serena Williams, and the 1995 winner, Mary Pierce, in withdrawing from the Melbourne event. Jelena Dokic is also not expected to play. In the men's draw, the world No 13, Younes El Aynaoui, rates himself no more than a 50-50 chance of playing after withdrawing from the Commonwealth Bank International in Kooyong yesterday.
Angel Di Maria reveals wish to return to Argentina - but don't worry Manchester United fans...
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Husain Abdullah penalised after celebrating a touchdown with a Muslim prayer - causing mass outrage among fans
Robin van Persie reveals Louis van Gaal wants Manchester United to 'be more Dutch and pull on the same rope'
Manchester United risk Uefa row over plan to play lucrative midweek friendlies
- 1 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 2 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 3 HeForShe campaign: Iceland to follow up Emma Watson speech with UN women's rights conference – for men only
- 4 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 5 Teenagers irritable because early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so