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WTA responds to Clijsters’ remarks

Kyodo News

The Women’s Tennis Association does not believe the radiation leak following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and severely damaged a nuclear plant will pose a health or safety risk to players attending the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in the fall.

World No. 2 Kim Clijsters was quoted by Belgian media Tuesday as saying she would not play in the event getting under way Sept. 25 or in another tournament in Beijing because of fears about radiation.

But the WTA said in statement released by Pan Pacific Open organizers Thursday: “At this time we do not have reason to believe that there is or will be a health or safety risk to our players or others participating in or attending the WTA’s events this autumn in each of Tokyo and Beijing.”