Clijsters to miss at least a month
World number two Kim Clijsters is set to miss at least a month after being told to take time off to rest shoulder and wrist injuries.
The 27-year-old, who won the first grand slam event of the year in Australia, has been told to take four to six weeks off from the WTA tour after tests revealed both joints were "clearly overstrained".
Clijsters will now miss Belgium's Fed Cup semi-final with the Czech Republic later this month and the WTA event in Madrid's 'Chocolate Box'.
But she expects to be back in time to compete at Foro Italico in Rome for the clay court event which starts a fortnight before the French Open on May 9.
"I really want to be there at this year's Roland Garros"
"I think this is a great pity," she told her official website. "The Fed Cup is something I was really looking forward to.
"But I felt that something was out of the ordinary. There were too many minor ailments, one after the other, which did not seem to disappear. Something like that gets into your head."
"I don't want to force anything, because I want to prevent it from becoming chronic by any means. I really want to be there at this year's Roland Garros," Clijsters said.
"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."