Kim Clijsters hopes to make an early return to the WTA Tour later this month because her injured wrist is healing faster than expected.
updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
Brussels:Kim Clijsters hopes to make an early return to the WTA Tour later this month because her injured wrist is healing faster than expected. The fifth-ranked Belgian, who has been wearing a wrist brace for a month, initially planned to return at the October 30-November 5 Gaz de France tournament in her home city of Hasselt. Now Clijsters may play at the Generali Ladies Linz event in Austria a week earlier. "We will have to wait and see how my first ball contact goes," she said Wednesday on her Web site. Clijsters expects to start hitting the ball again in 10 days. Clijsters got injured at the hard-court tournament in Montreal in mid-August when she fell on her surgically repaired wrist. She was unable to defend her title at the US Open and also missed the final of the Fed Cup, which Belgium lost to Italy. Clijsters missed most of the 2004 season with the wrist injury. She's dealt with assorted ankle, knee and back problems, too, and points to her health problems as a reason that she plans to retire in 2007, even though she's only 23. (AP)