The top-seeded Clijsters skidded to the net Tuesday and stumbled on the first point of the second game in the second-round match. She did not call for medical treatment. Clijsters said she hoped the pain would subside, but it didn’t.
The Belgian initially hurt her ankle dancing at her cousin’s wedding in April. The ankle was taped for her brief run at the French Open, where she also lost in the second round
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DEN BOSCH, Netherlands (AP) _ Second-ranked Kim Clijsters lost in the second round of the Unicef Open on Tuesday, falling 7-6 (5), 6-3 to Romina Oprandi of Italy for a premature end to her Wimbledon preparations.
“There is no bigger thing in tennis,” the 82nd-ranked Oprandi said of her victory on the grass court. “It was a miracle.”
In the men’s competition, third-seeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium beat Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-1 in their first round match and will face Dutch wild card Jesse Huta Galung.
The top-seeded Clijsters skidded to the net and stumbled on the first point of the second game. She appeared tentative throughout the match, although she did not call for medical treatment.
“I think maybe she was not 100 percent, and I tried drop shots,” Oprandi said of her winning tactic. “It came out good for me.”
The Belgian started the year by winning the Australian Open for her fourth Grand Slam title, but has struggled in recent weeks.
She overexerted her right shoulder and wrist during a busy spring schedule, then compounded her problems by injuring her right ankle while dancing at her cousin’s wedding in April. She had the ankle taped for her brief run at the French Open.