Thomson ReutersJanuary 18, 2013 06:15
By Simon Cambers
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Few people enjoy the long flight from Europe to Australia but for one player in Melbourne, it is even worse than most.
Nine months ago, Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens stepped off a flight from Thailand and felt like her calves "were about to explode".
Used to pain as a professional athlete, Flipkens shrugged it off and played another tournament that week, but eventually consulted a doctor, to be told she had blood clots in both legs.