Aussie Open blog: The injury count goes up, even early in year


Kim says her injured hip is fine but can it survive 7 matches?

MELBOURNE – After Caroline Wozniacki began to weep in pain in the third set of her 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 loss to her good friend Agnieszka Radwanska in the Sydney quarters, it became pretty clear that despite the WTA’s admirable lengthening of the off season, that the injury bug has grown to killer bees type proportions. Consider this: we are now just 12 days into the 2012 season with the always delightful and super important Aussie Open just two days off and four popular players with Slam winning potential have been hurt: Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams. Throw in two other top 25 players, Sabine Lisicki and Julia Goerges (who has been sick, not injured) and keep in mind that No. 10 Andrea Petkovic and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams have already pulled out of AO. We may as well be speaking in mid summer, when it seems like almost every WTA player has been struck with one injury or another.

As this trend continues, it

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