26 May 2011


May 26 • Kim has crashed out in the 2nd round of the French Open on Thursday, squandering a 6-3 5-2 lead and match points in a messy 6-3 5-7 1-6 loss to unheralded 20-year-old Arantxa Rus.

In just her second clay court match of the year, the No.2-ranked Kim was looking very sharp early on, but after missing those 2 match points ― one at 5-2, one at 5-4 ― the momentum started shifting even more quickly, and after two hours and 65 unforced errors, Kim's hopes for a first French Open were over.

'I'm still trying to figure it out', Kim said. 'I felt like she was missing quite a lot in the beginning of the rallies, and I felt I was moving her around well from side to side. Then I started doubting a little bit. That's definitely the wrong attitude to have, especially for me on clay. She obviously started building up more confidence, playing a lot better and putting me on my back foot all the time. I couldn't really play my aggressive tennis anymore in that third set.'

With shoulder, wrist and ankle injuries keeping her out since March, Kim's preparation may not have been the best she has ever had going into a major.

'My ankle feels fine, that had absolutely nothing to do with it. If I felt like I wasn't as ready as I would have liked to be, I wouldn't have come here', Kim said. 'Physically everything was fine. If I wasn't feeling I was able to play tough matches, I wouldn't have made the decision to come to Roland Garros. I'm not going to sit here and say maybe I shouldn't have come here. That's the attitude of a real loser, I think. I gave it the best I had with the abilities I had.'

Kim had been 31-0 in Grand Slams against players ranked outside the Top 100, a stat the No.114-ranked Rus put to rest. 'This is for sure my biggest win', Rus said. 'In the beginning I was a little nervous, then I started playing better and better. And it was really nice to play against Kim. She's a real hero.'


MAY 25 • Kim will play her 2nd round match against Arantxa Rus at 11am, local time in Paris, on Court Philippe Chatrier. It will be the first meeting between both players.

24 May 2011


May 24 • After a five-year absence Kim has made a winning return to the French Open as she defeated Anastasiya Yakimova 6-2 6-3 earlier today.

Kim, who had been out for two months after a series of injuries including an ankle problem sustained while dancing at her cousin's wedding, proved her fitness by dismissing the world No. 100 in 80 minutes.

Although her build-up to the clay court Grand Slam tournament was hampered by the dance incident, Kim was delighted to be back at Roland Garros and would not have missed it.

'That's one of the reasons why after Miami I took a little bit of a break, but (thought) always in mind, okay, I'm going to go and prepare myself', she told reporters. 'I'll take a couple of weeks off, 10 days off. I'll work out still and everything, kind of already with my mindset on the clay court season.'

'I felt that I was moving aggressively but didn't always, you know, go to the lines as much as I would like to', she added.

'I was trying, but I was kind of just not on target as much as I would like to be.'

In the 2nd round, Kim will face Arantxa Rus from the Netherlands. It will be the first meeting between both girls.

23 May 2011


May 23 Roland Garros is now really starting for Kim as comes in action on this Tuesday. Her 1st round match against Anastasiya Yakimova will be the fourth match on Court Suzanne Lenglen and should not be played before 3:30pm, local time. Both players have met before, earlier this year in Miami, where Kim prevailed in two sets (6-1 6-1).

20 May 2011


May 20 • It's time to put on your trainers and get ready for the second Grand Slam tournament of the year in Paris! This year's French Open draw was revealed earlier today and here is what it looks like for Kim:

She will face Anastasiya Yakimova in the 1st round

And here are some opponents she might face later in the tournament: 
   2nd • Arantxa Rus 
   3rd • Maria Kirilenko
   4th • Andrea Petkovic
   1/4 • Sharapova/Radwanska/Wickmayer
   1/2 • Li/Kvitova/Azarenka
   F • Wozniacki/Zvonareva/Schiavone/Stosur

You can check the whole draw here.

16 May 2011


MAY. 16 • It's now been officially confirmed by Kim herself, she will play Roland Garros. In her latest blog entry, Kim mentions that she made the decision this morning, together with her coach Wim and her physio Sam. She's been playing tennis again for about two weeks and says that things are progressively getting better, although she can still feel some pain when moving around the court.

Kim will travel to Paris on Wednesday and seems to be looking forward to playing matches again, although she knows she'll have to take it one match at a time...