INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Women's world No. 2 Kim Clijsters will not get a chance to defend her title at the Pacific Life Open.
Clijsters withdrew Saturday with a left wrist injury sustained in a 6-1, 6-3 second-round victory over Germany's Angelika Roesch at the $4.88 million hardcourt event.
The second-ranked Belgian was diagnosed with a bone bruise and tendinitis. She was not scheduled to play on Saturday.
"It's very frustrating because I felt like I was playing well," said Clijsters, who had won her prior two tournaments at Antwerp and Paris. "This is one of my favorite tournaments throughout
the whole year. It's definitely very, very disappointing."
Clijsters doesn't know how the injury occurred but the Australian Open runner-up experienced the pain midway through the match on Friday.
"At 6-1, 1-1, it felt like it was getting worse when I was hitting backhands," she said. "I felt like I couldn't balance, or have a stable grip or anything."
Clijsters is unsure as to how long she will be off the tour.
"[The trainers] don't know," she said. "They said it could take
from two to three weeks, or it could be up to six weeks. That's
a little frustrating, not knowing what's going to happen in the
next couple of weeks."
Clijsters was to face Laura Granville on Sunday but the American
advances into the third round as a result of the walkover.