BRUSSELS, Belgium - Kim Clijsters will have to keep her left wrist in a brace for three more weeks, further sidelining the world’s No. 2 player, her Web site reported Monday.
The Belgian pulled out of the Indian Wells tournament two weeks ago with a torn tendon and had hoped to begin preparing for her spring season by now.
The injury was first diagnosed as a stress reaction before it became clear a tendon in her left wrist had a half-inch tear in it. She has been wearing a brace up to her knuckles ever since.
Even though she’s right-handed, one of Clijsters’ signature moves is a double-fisted backhand, making it impossible to play with an injured left hand.
Watching Rafa Nadal churn his way through the claycourt season over the past few weeks, it seems nothing much has changed since his French Open triumph a year ago despite a lengthy injury layoff.
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