The former World No.1 Kim Clijsters withdraws from the 2021 Miami Open because of her issues with her knee injury. She last played in the 2020 US Open, losing in the first round of the tournament.
The Belgian already retired twice from the sport and returned to the sport after a long gap last year. However, her much-awaited comeback took a toll because of the covid-19 pandemic.
The new 2021 season was also not going well for the 37-year-ago. She suffered from the COVID-19 in January, while the symptoms were mild, affecting her training schedule. But she trained with her team after recovering, but later on, claimed not being ready for the tournament.
“As you’ve heard, I had COVID in January and while the symptoms were mild, it did disrupt her training schedule. I’ve had an intensive few weeks of training with my team. Unfortunately, I am not where I need to be, especially if I want to compete with the best,” said Kim.
Kim Clijsters withdraws her wild-card from Miami Open
Clijsters joined the 1000 circuit in Florida as a wild-card entry but started facing issues with her right knee. She underwent surgery in October 2020, to recover from the damages she suffered throughout her career. She was feeling positive about her performance. Soon the pain returned and forced her to withdraw from the ATP tour. The Belgian star is ashamed to give up on the opportunity and thanked the tournament officials.
“It’s disappointing and frustrating. I knew this was going to be hard when I started this journey – and there have been challenges that are out of my control. I’m not ready to quit….. I’m going to keep pushing and see what’s possible.” Clijsters added. “I want to thank the Miami and Charleston teams for the wild card opportunity and wish them all the best with their events.”
Subsequently, the Miami Open wished the tennis player to recover from her issues and join the sport soon. “You’ll be missed this year, Kim! We hope you have a speedy recovery & are back to 100% soon,” Miami Open tweeted.
The Belgian is aiming for a longer run, thus going for a pain management treatment for a while, before joining with her team. The Miami Open will begin on Monday, 22 March.
You’ll be missed this year, Kim! We hope you have a speedy recovery & are back to 100% soon. https://t.co/HweeVQSvhp
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) March 14, 2021
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