More injury bad luck struck Kim Clijsters, with the veteran former No. 1 withdrawing on Friday from the “Cincinnati” Masters to be played inside a quarantine safety bubble in New York.

The 37-year-old who has several career comebacks to the sport since first retiring a dozen years ago, had been hoping to compete in the back-to-back Masters as well as the US Open at the same venue..

She is working to heal in time for the Grand Slam start a week from Monday.

“I’m grateful to Western & Southern Open for the opportunity to play the tournament once again,” the US-based Belgian said in a statement.

:I have great memories from playing in Cincinnati and was looking forward to being a part of the event this year. 

“It’s disappointing to have to withdraw but after discussions with medical and my team, I need a little more recovery time.”

Clijsters detailed her action plan: “I’m grateful to be able to stay in the “bubble” and continue to prepare with my team here.”

The mother of three with 41 WTA titles found her latest comeback progress interrupted in March as tennis shut down for what became five months due to the spread of the virus pandemic around the globe.


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