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Clijsters to compete at Roland Garros

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Originally published on: 18/05/11 10:18

Reigning US and Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters will compete at Roland Garros after recovering from the ankle injury she suffered at her cousin’s wedding.

The 27-year-old, who resumed training earlier this month, will bear the signs of the unfortunate incident by playing with her ankle taped up, but the Belgian says she has found good touch since returning to court.

“Playing is going wonderfully – I am hitting the ball very well,” said Clijsters, ahead of the second Grand Slam of the year, which starts on Sunday.

“Increasingly I am going for it,” she added. “I’m not totally without pain, but the strong tape round my ankle gives me sufficient security.”

Along with Wimbledon, Clijsters has never won Roland Garros – finishing runner up in 2001 and 2003 – but the world No.2 believes she has a real shot after winning the last two Grand Slam tournaments.

“The advantage is that I still have the spirit of the past Grand Slam tournaments. If I play well, I can win. Attitude is very important, even though the situation is physically very different.”

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