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Clijsters injury.

Fedex
10-04-2004, 10:14 PM
Hi. I just want to say, i feel for you guys. I really feel very sad for Kim, and her injury problems :sad: :sad: I really hope she is able to play next year. But i found an article, that states, she may never be able to play again. :sad: Can you guys, confirm. I will post the article here:
Conflicting Reports Surround Severity Of Clijsters' Injury

By Adrianna Outlaw
10/05/2004

Kim Clijsters' season is over and her competitive future may be in doubt. Recurring wrist pain in Clijsters' surgically-repaired wrist forced her to halt her comeback at the Gaz de France Stars in Belgium last week and will sideline the former No. 1 for the rest of the year. The tournament doctor said Clijsters' latest wrist injury "could mean the end of her career."


Tournament physician Bruno Willems provided a pessimistic prognosis for Clijsters' chronic left wrist injury.

"This injury can mean the end of her career," Willems told the publication De Morgen in comments reprinted by the Associated Press today. "Let's be straight: This is a drama for Kim. I hope she comes back, but I'm pessimistic."

In contrast, Clijsters' official web site Kim Clijsters, offers a more optimistic view of her latest injury, which an MRI revealed is most likely a damaged tendon or tendon sheath. According to Clijsters' web site, there are no immediate plans for surgery to correct the injury. She is scheduled to undergo further exams this week.

"This time, the problem is most likely the tendon of an important wrist extensor (extensor carpi ulnaris). Luckily, the tendon isn't severely damaged," Clijsters' web site states. "Possibly some filaments have come off, or the tendon sheath. Further examining over the next few days will give final proof. Ice, rest, inflammatory drugs and a brace (again) are probably the most important now. Further treatment will be discussed together with Kim's entourage and the wrist surgeons doctors Kinen and Verstreken. A new surgery is not being planned for the time being."

Given the fact Clijsters is right-handed it's difficult to imagine the injury to her left wrist would be career-threatening since she could conceivable switch from a two-handed backhand to a one-handed backhand.

The 21-year-old Belgian felt pain in her left wrist while hitting a backhand return against Russia's Elena Bovina in last week's semifinal. Clijsters called for the trainer midway through the opening set and received treatment on her wrist. The pain prompted Clijsters to use a one-handed backhand for the rest of the match. Bovina won the first set and the set was even at 2-2 when a visibly disappointed Clijsters was forced to retire.

The Australian Open finalist pulled out of Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open after developing a cyst on her left wrist. Clijsters underwent surgery to remove the cyst from her wrist on June 12th at Wilrijk hospital near Antwerp, Belgium.

Her surgically-repaired left wrist lacked its former flexibility during her tournament return last week and Clijsters reported her two-handed backhand was still a bit stiff prior to her match with Bovina.

"I am pretty tired," Clijsters said. "I don't manage to control the backhand completely because it is a bit stiff still," she wrote. "The wrist itself is even less flexible, even after an extended warm up. ... My service and forehand are OK."

The woman who has reached three of the four major finals initially sustained a torn tendon in her left wrist during the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells in March. The injury forced the defending champion to pull out of Indian Wells. Clijsters, who competed in Belgium's Fed Cup tie in April, played just one WTA Tour match in the spring and summer seasons, scoring a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Spanish qualifier Marta Marrero in the second round of the Ladies German Open while sporting a six-inch brace on her left wrist. The day after her May 6th win over Marrero, Clijsters was forced to withdraw from the Berlin event with a recurrence of the wrist pain.

Clijsters will undergo further exams on her wrist, but believes she can comeback next year.

"The new injury is quite a blow, but will be and shall be resolved," said a statement on Clijsters' web site. "After being out for a couple of months, Clijsters will be a full 100 percent ready for 2005."

Lisbeth
10-04-2004, 10:55 PM
Thanks for your sympathy, it's very :sad:

I think it's a good sign that she was able to play two matches without any pain but obviously she needs more rest before any sort of decision or long term prognosis can be made. Luck she has wedding plans to keep her occupied ;)

Get well soon Kim!

Billabong
10-04-2004, 11:01 PM
Kim:sad: :hug: :hug: :hug:!
I hope she recovers, I hope sooooo much!!!

Socket
10-04-2004, 11:14 PM
She needs to get back on the court now practicing a one-handed BH.

Canuck_Chick
10-04-2004, 11:36 PM
awwwww :sad::sad:
poor kimmie....i hope she'll be able to play again :hug:

Fedex
10-05-2004, 12:00 AM
She needs to get back on the court now practicing a one-handed BH.
Well, in that case she should practice with Justine. ;) Best of luck to her. :)

star
10-05-2004, 01:12 AM
lol Socket.

Kim's game would be entirely different with a one-handed backhand. I want her to heal and comeback to play as she once was. :sad:

I know it's got to be hard on Kim to be continually disappointed like this, but I believe in her optimism and that she will only grow more determined and fierce. :)

I wonder where she will meet up with Lleyton again. Probably when he comes back to Europe for Madrid.

SomL.
10-05-2004, 09:31 AM
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ataptc
10-05-2004, 10:07 AM
hope she recovers soon and can continue playing competitive tennis! i miss watching her the wta tour is also weird without her :sad: :sad:

NOMAD
10-06-2004, 03:12 AM
Clijsters injury not career-threatening: Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt has played down reports that fiancee Kim Clijsters's latest injury could mean the end of her career.

Clijsters suffered a new wrist injury at the weekend while playing her first tournament in almost five months at the Belgian Open, prematurely ending her season.

The former world number one had already spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines after tearing tendons and having surgery on the same left wrist to remove a cyst.

But Hewitt, in Tokyo for this week's Japan Open, denied media reports that the injury was serious enough to end her tennis career.

"Yeah, I don't know where that came from," said the South Australian. "She was obviously hitting the ball well, won a couple of matches and wasn't really feeling much pain at all.

"Then to actually hurt it again, the same wrist. I think she spent enough time out. I don't think she came back too early."

Hewitt revealed that Clijsters was unsure about the exact nature of the injury.

"We're not sure what the exact problem is, how long it's going to be and what the facts are," he said. "Obviously after you spend that long out and do all the rehab after surgery, it's definitely disappointing."

Clijsters and former men's number one Hewitt plan to wed in February.