Clijsters Out of BNP Paribas Open

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Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the 2012 BNP Paribas Open (March 5-18) due to a left ankle injury.

“I’m very disappointed that my ankle injury is preventing me from playing the BNP Paribas Open this year,” said Clijsters in a statement.  “Indian Wells has been a very special tournament for me, winning in 2003 and again in 2005 when I returned from injury.  I have great memories of Indian Wells and have always enjoyed the fan support there.”

The No. 34-ranked Belgian, a four-time Slam champion, is 8-2 on the year, having reached the semifinals at both Brisbane and the Australian Open, where she fell to eventual titlist Victoria Azarenka in three sets 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

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