Kim Clijsters pulls out of Miami and Charleston: ‘I am not where I need to be’

Kim Clijsters has announced that she will be unable to compete at the Miami Open and Charleston Open later this month, after stating that she is not quite ready to return after a knee operation in October. 

The former world number one announced via Twitter on Sunday that she won’t be competing in Miami and Charleston after receiving a wildcard to both main draws.

“In October, I had surgery on my right knee to repair damage sustained over my career and to reduce pain,” said Clijsters.

“Results following surgery were good – rehab and recovery went well and I was feeling really positive.

““As you’ve heard, I had COVID in January and while the symptoms were mild, it did disrupt my 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.”

Despite the halt in her return to the tour, Clijsters, 37, insists that she doesn’t intend to quit.

“It’s disappointing and frustrating. I knew this was going to be hard when I started this journey – and there have been challenges outside my control. I’m not ready to quit… I’m going to keep pushing and see what’s possible.

“I want to thank the Miami and Charleston teams for the wild card opportunities and wish them all the best with their events.

“I am going to undergo some pain management treatment for the next 3-6 weeks and then regroup with my team and see what happens next.”

If the 3-6 week treatment period goes as planned, Clijsters could return in time for the second grand slam of the year, the French Open, where she reached the final of in 2001 and 2003.

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