MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Kim Clijsters will not play in the Australian Open because of an ongoing left wrist injury.

``The recovery of the wrist injury is going well, but Kim doesn't feel like putting too much stress on the joint that early and wants to avoid any possible risk,'' said a statement posted on her Web site Thursday. ``For the time being, she gives priority to a complete recovery of the wrist.''

Clijsters, who lost to fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne in the finals of last year's Australian Open, had not entered the tournament, which begins Jan. 17. The 21-year-old former world No. 1 would have had to rely on a wild card to play.

Clijsters was limited to just 22 matches last season because of the wrist.

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