(24 MARCH) Kim's comeback tournament has come to an end as she lost to fellow Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 4-6 (5)6-7 earlier today at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
'Yanina definitely started off much better and was more consistent throughout the two sets, and I wasn't', Kim said. 'It was still close. In a way it's a little bit frustrating knowing you're playing not even 50% but it's still close. On one hand you're like "Ah, I could have beaten her." But she played well today. I did feel she was getting nervous to finish off the match as well, so I had a few opportunities to get back into it and maybe win that second set.'
Kim was visibly not at her best physically, having trouble moving around the court and reaching crosscourt shots, but there's been no official mention of an injury or whatsoever so far; one can thus guess this bad mobility was due to her lack of matches over the last few weeks.
Still Kim said that she wanted to call the trainer but eventually did not as Yanina was about to serve for the match (at 4-5).
'All these years on the tour plus my demanding and intensive playing style are slowly taking their toll on me. We're gonna have to look back and evaluate the last few months. We'll have to find the right balance: playing enough tournaments yet making sure my body can weather the storm.'
Kim will now spend some time at her in-laws in New Jersey before flying back to Europe and slowly getting ready for the clay court season. As of now, here is what her agenda looks like: Madrid, Rome and a one-week practice session in Spain before Roland Garros. This is naturally subject to change but we'll keep you posted.