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Clijsters eyes Antwerp return

February 04, 2006 10:57 IST

World number one Kim Clijsters could return from injury in time to play in her home tournament in Antwerp starting on February 13.

"I've been to the doctor and the ultrasounds have been good, so I'm ahead of schedule," Clijsters said on her website.

"I'll do anything to get fit again and secretly hope to still be able to play in Antwerp."

The 22-year-old Belgian was forced to retire from her semi-final against France's Amelie Mauresmo at the Australian Open last month when she fell and hurt her right ankle.

Initial tests suggested an eight-week break from competition but she now hopes to return to training in the next few days. "I'm seeing my physio three times a day and I should be able to cycle from next week onwards," Clijsters said.

She will make a final decision on her return on Feb. 7 when she has a further examination.

Every fan who attends the Antwerp event will receive a free bottle of champagne courtesy of Clijsters.

"Kim wants to thank the fans for helping her get back to the number one spot," tournament organiser Bob Verbeeck said.

The organisers have ordered over 20,000 bottles at 30 euros ($36) a bottle.

Darren Ennis
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