Kim Clijsters may miss French Open after injury at wedding
Monday 11 April 2011
Kim Clijsters could miss the French Open after severely injuring her ankle at a wedding.
The US and Australian Open winner faces six weeks on the sidelines and is a doubt for Roland Garros where the tournament begins on May 17.
Clijsters suffered what was described as a severe injury at the wedding of her cousin Tim.
The injury was revealed on her personal website, http://www.kimclijsters.be, although no details of how she suffered the injury were given.
Scans revealed she had strained both the medial and lateral ligaments of her right ankle as well as suffering injuries to the ankle joint and tendon damage.
On her website the injuries were described as "a severe strain of both the medial and lateral ligaments of the right ankle and torn ligaments, a torn capsule of the ankle joint, a hematoma and torn tendon sheath".
The ankle has been immobilised and Clijsters will not be able to use her foot for several days.
The recovery time is set between four and six weeks, meaning Clijsters could miss the start of the French Open.
Even if she recovers from the ankle injury in time to take part in Paris, Clijsters still needs to finish her rehabilitation from existing shoulder and wrist injuries.
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