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Wrist injury sidelines Clijsters

Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters will miss at least two months after suffering a wrist injury at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, her website reported Thursday.

Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters will miss at least two months after suffering a wrist injury at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, her website reported Thursday.

The news means Clijsters won't be able to defend her U.S. Open championship.

"The injury to the [left] wrist that occurred in the Montreal tournament seems more serious than thought," it said. "That was what an MRI and radiology revealed in consultation with a doctor.

"Because of the injury, Kim will not be able to play in the next few weeks [probably two months out of action] and will therefore have to withdraw from the tournaments she was supposed to play."

Those tournaments include the U.S. Open and a Federation Cup series next month.

Clijsters, the top seed, was forced to withdraw from her second-round match against Canadian Stephanie Dubois Wednesday night after suffering a nasty fall.

Clijsters was leading Dubois, of Laval, Que., 6-1, 2-3 when she dove to return a crosscourt shot, but landed hard on her left wrist.

Earlier in the second set, Clijsters had had her wrist treated. Leading 2-1 at the time, she dropped the next two games when she couldn't use her two-handed backhand.

The Belgian missed most of the 2004 season with the same injury.

Her website also reported that Clijsters will spend the next few days in New Jersey before arriving in Belgium for further tests.

With files from the Canadian Press