Kim Clijsters, Yanina Wickmayer out
Belgium announced Tuesday it will have no player ranked higher than 176th Kirsten Flipkens for the April 21-22 matches. Clijsters has a torn hip muscle and will make her return to the tour at the Madrid Open, which starts May 5.
Wickmayer, Belgium's highest-ranked player at No. 30, wants to focus on the WTA Tour. A return to hard courts in Japan when she will be preparing for the clay-court season in Europe was considered too much of a risk.
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