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Kim Clijsters doubt for French Open after ankle injury

Kim Clijsters
Clijsters will struggle to be fit in time for Roland Garros

Kim Clijsters' participation in the French Open is in serious doubt after she injured her ankle at a wedding.

The Australian Open champion was on a break with shoulder and wrist problems when she severely strained medial and lateral ligaments in her right ankle.

She also tore the capsule of the ankle joint, and sustained both a haematoma and torn tendon sheath.

A statement on her website said: "Kim's presence in Paris is very uncertain. Her ankle is completely immobilised."

The French Open starts on 22 May, in exactly six weeks, and Clijsters' website stated: "Kim faces a recovery of at least four to six weeks."

The world number two's last competitive match was on 31 March, when she lost to the in-form Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Shortly after her exit from that event, the 27-year-old announced she would be out for a month to deal with shoulder and wrist problems.

Clijsters has twice been a losing finalist at the French Open, in 2001 and 2003. Last year an ankle injury forced her to miss the tournament.

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