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Kim Clijsters targets Rome return after injury break

Kim Clijsters
Clijsters missed the 2010 French Open with an ankle injury

Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters will be out for a month due to shoulder and wrist injuries, giving her two weeks to prepare for the French Open.

She wants to stop her problems becoming "chronic", but aims to return at the Italian Open in Rome in May.

The Belgian, also the US Open champion, withdrew in the fourth round at Indian Wells in March with a shoulder injury.

Last week she said "something was not quite right" when she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the last eight in Miami.

"There were too many successive aches and pains that just didn't want to disappear," said the world number two. "It gets into your head."

I really want to be there at this year's Roland Garros

Kim Clijsters

Clijsters will miss Belgium's Fed Cup World Group semi-final tie with the Czech Republic in Charleroi from 16-17 April and the Madrid Open from 29 April to 8 May.

If her recovery goes to plan she will next compete on clay at the Rome event, which starts on 9 May.

The French Open begins a fortnight later on 22 May in Paris where Clijsters has twice been a losing finalist, in 2001 and 2003. Last year an ankle injury forced her to miss the tournament.

"I really want to be there at this year's Roland Garros," Clijsters said on her official website.

"Now there is no other option than to rest and I certainly can't use a tennis racket for the first few weeks. We will continue with lots of physiotherapy and exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles."

Clijsters' injury break means Belgium will field the world number 23 Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens, ranked 103, against the Czech Republic.

Belgium's options were reduced earlier this year when the former world number one Justine Henin retired because of a recurring elbow injury.



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Clijsters beaten in Paris final
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Clijsters wins first Aussie Open
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