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Clijsters, Kvitova out of Mercurcy Insurance Open; Hingis kind of in

July 23, 2011 | 12:15 pm

Kim_640 Two-time defending champion Kim Clijsters and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova both announced they were withdrawing from the Mercury Insurance Open at La Costa next month because of injuries.

Clijsters is still recovering from the same right ankle injury that forced her to miss the Wimbledon Championships earlier this summer.

The seventh-ranked Kvitova, who was scheduled to make her first career appearance at La Costa Resort and Spa, is suffering from a pulled abdominal muscle.

“I am sorry I am unable to play in the Mercury Insurance Open this year but I’m still recovering from an injury that happened at Wimbledon,” Kvitova said. “Best wishes for a great tournament and I hope to be in Carlsbad next year.”

Martina Hingis announced she will play in a pro-am from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1 that will be free to the public. It will be held at the nearby Rancho Valencia Resort.


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Photo: Kim Clijsters. Credit: Susan Mullane / US Presswire