Former world number one Kim Clijsters has played down fears that a left wrist injury may force her to retire.
A report on her official website says she has been diagnosed with a tendon injury which will keep her out for six weeks but does not need surgery.
Clijsters had an operation on her wrist earlier in the season and injured it again on her return to the tour.
A doctor who treated the 21-year-old at the Belgian Open claimed the new injury "can mean the end of her career".
"I hope she comes back, but I'm pessimistic," added Bruno Willems.
But according to her website, Clijsters will be "100% ready for 2005".
Clijsters, now ranked seventh in the world, reached the number one ranking in August 2003 without winning a major title, having lost in the finals of four grand slams.
She will marry Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt next February.