Wimbledon will be Clijsters' final Grand Slam event

Updated: April 21, 2007, 7:20 AM ET
Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Kim Clijsters will not play at the U.S. Open, making Wimbledon the last Grand Slam tournament of her career.

Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters has already pulled out of the French Open so she can prepare for her wedding to American basketball player Brian Lynch.

The fourth-ranked Belgian will also play doubles at Wimbledon, which starts June 25, in case of an early exit from the singles.

"That way, I would be able to stay a bit longer at my last Grand Slam tournament," Clijsters said on her Web site. She has not yet decided if it will be mixed or women's doubles.

After losing to Li Na of China in Key Biscayne last month, Clijsters complained about a bad back and has found it tough to resume training.

"The will is not fully there yet, but I want to get used to clay again," Clijsters said before her next appearance at the J&S Cup in Warsaw, where she is the defending champion. The tournament starts April 30.

Clijsters already pulled out of the French Open because of preparations for her wedding to American basketball player Brian Lynch on July 14 in her hometown of Bree.

The former top-ranked player could limit herself to about six events before bowing out at the WTA event in Stuttgart, Germany, from Oct. 1-7.

Clijsters, 23, has been battling injuries for much of her career, and increasingly so over the last few years. In 2006, a left wrist injury prevented her from entering the U.S. Open to defend her title, and from playing in the Fed Cup final.

This year, Clijsters won her 34th career singles title in Sydney and reached the Australian Open semifinals, only to return home with a sore hip. She dropped out of the Gaz de France to prepare for the Diamond Games in Antwerp -- her last tournament in Belgium -- where she lost to Amelie Mauresmo in the final.


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