Breaking News, French Open 2011: Kim Clijsters Confirms She Will Play

Carrie DunnAnalyst IIMay 16, 2011

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 27:  Kim Clijsters of Belgium hits a forehand return against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The tournament organisers at Roland Garros have confirmed that Kim Clijsters will be competing this year.

She had been doubtful because of a shoulder injury that flared up at Indian Wells, combined with an ankle injury at a social occasion, but she has now announced that she will be in the draw this week.

She resumed training at the start of the month, but has not participated in any tournaments since then. She has won the last two Grand Slam events, the Australian Open in January (where she beat Li Na) and the US Open last year (where she beat world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki).

Clijsters has never actually won the French Open, but reached the final twice before her career break. This will be her first tournament at Roland Garros since her semi-final defeat against Justine Henin in 2006.

She is currently ranked  No. 2 in the world, and is expected to be seeded second for this tournament, which will be announced later in the week.