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Jun
11

Kim Clijsters is in doubt for Wimbledon after aggravating an ankle injury during a 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Italy’s Romina Oprandi.

Kim Clijsters

The second-ranked Clijsters skidded to the net and stumbled on the first point of the second game and appeared tentative for the rest of the match, although she did not call for medical treatment. Clijsters said she would return home to Belgium and seek medical advice before deciding whether to play at Wimbledon. “It depends on results from the hospital,” she said. The Belgian initially hurt her ankle dancing at her cousin’s wedding in April. The ankle was taped for her brief run at the French Open, where she also lost in the second round.

“It’s the same ankle I injured earlier,” she said. “I slipped in the first set and it started hurting. I took some medication on the court that helped with pain in my knee but not my ankle.” The Belgian started the year by winning the Australian Open for her fourth Grand Slam title, but has struggled since she overexerted her right shoulder and wrist during a busy spring schedule. The 82nd-ranked Oprandi was stunned at her victory on the Rosmalen grass court. “There is no bigger thing in tennis,” she said. “It was a miracle.”

 

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