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Retirement

I am REALLY hoping that all the stuff she says about retiring in 2007 is just a load of rubbish... but I hope she makes the most of what she's got left even if she DOES decide to quit so early... i PRAY that she doesnt but what can you do? Enjoy her tennis while it lasts!!! Hopefully it will last until she is 32 or so... does anyone have any info on this situation? I haven't heard anything recently so...
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Well obviously none of us know for sure, but I think the latest situation is that Kim is always asked about the retirement date and she keeps saying that it definitely won't change. Obviously, retirement could come sooner than 2007 if Kim gets injured again. I reckon that any semi serious injury from here on might tempt her to throw in the towel.

I think we have to face up to the fact that Kim has other things she wants to do, even though many of us feel Kim is in too much of a hurry to do that. But if Kim's not hungry for tennis any more, there's no point going on beyond the date she has set in her mind.

So lets hope that Kim remains fully motivated and injury free until 2007 (and I'm still unsure whether she intends to retire at the start or finish of 2007). Sorry I can't be more positive, but we just have to face facts!

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So lets hope that Kim remains fully motivated and injury free until 2007 (and I'm still unsure whether she intends to retire at the start or finish of 2007). Sorry I can't be more positive, but we just have to face facts!
I'm pretty sure it is the end of 2007. At AO she was always referring to it as her 2nd last AO so I'm taking that as she plans on playing in 2007, also in Miami they were talking about next year being her last Miami. I'm pretty sure Kim has always said the end of 2007, two more full seasons (well 1 and a half now ).
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I'm pretty sure it is the end of 2007. At AO she was always referring to it as her 2nd last AO so I'm taking that as she plans on playing in 2007, also in Miami they were talking about next year being her last Miami. I'm pretty sure Kim has always said the end of 2007, two more full seasons (well 1 and a half now ).
I totally agree. She's so definite. She did also talk about maybe playing at Antwerp in 2008 as well - and that would be her final farewell tournament.

There's one thing that annoys me though - and that is when posters in GM say she's got retirement on her mind and tennis isn't her priority now. Whether or not she makes the best decisions with preparation, coach, scheduling - the one thing I believe wholeheartedly is she's going to be giving everything she's got in the rest of 2006 and 2007. I'm hoping she'll really produce something special. But if she doesn't it won't be for lack of trying or that her mind is elsewhere.
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kim has the capability to do something spectacular between now and then... in the usa commentators were playing the whole thing off that she was only retiring because she was tired of getting injured. they didnt say anything about being interested in other things.
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Well, it would be really sad when she quits tennis after 2007. SheŽs one of the best players and IŽd really miss her. But I like the fact that sheŽd do it coz of getting an own family...thatŽs so cute
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in the usa commentators were playing the whole thing off that she was only retiring because she was tired of getting injured. they didnt say anything about being interested in other things.
well, it's quite obvious she does have other things on her mind , not that i find anything wrong with it
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There's one thing that annoys me though - and that is when posters in GM say she's got retirement on her mind and tennis isn't her priority now. Whether or not she makes the best decisions with preparation, coach, scheduling - the one thing I believe wholeheartedly is she's going to be giving everything she's got in the rest of 2006 and 2007. I'm hoping she'll really produce something special. But if she doesn't it won't be for lack of trying or that her mind is elsewhere.
That absolutely pisses me off as well. Like when she lost to Craybas and Dementieva she was criticised for not not trying and it was like she should go retire now because it is obvious she just wants to be married with kids well yes she does want that but that doesn't mean she doesn't want to give it her all and enjoy success till her retirement.

Kim's IW and Miami aspirations were stuffed by Antwerp. Cause she came back and played in Antwerp so many people underestimated the extent of her ankle injury. It was a very serious injury and because of it and her choice to play in Antwerp she couldn't prepare for Miami properly. Her ankle needed rest. She was praised for her effort in Antwerp yet criticised for Miami yet Miami was a result of choosing to play Antwerp.

She lost to Dementieva cause it was her first clay match of the season and she always struggles in her first few matches on clay, not to mention dementieva is top 10. But what she did before Fed Cup was start practicing about 2 weeks before the matches, she has the motivation and she is doing the work but through injury she has lost match rhythm & had to limit her practice. She can' just click her fingers and have it fall in to place. She is working hard on the practice court and in her opinion is hitting the ball well again in pracitce, once she does that consistently and combines it with match practice, the results will start to come. Her recent losses have nothing to do with her not being 100% motivated or not having her mind on the job. I don't expect any fabulous results from Kim during the clay season but imo the work she is doing now and will do across the clay season will lay the base for her to start playing better come Wimbledon to the end of the season.
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very good points there. i know from personal experience that you cant just come back and immediately play your best... you have to work your way into things and kim just needs time to do that right now... motivation has got nothing to do with being out of practice...
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I thought that she intended to play AO 2008 and Antwerp 2008.

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^^ she will definately play those...i hope!

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I heard that Kim will back after she "make" her family

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I thought that she intended to play AO 2008 and Antwerp 2008.
Yeah, that's the plan anyway
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I thought that she intended to play AO 2008 and Antwerp 2008.
let's hope so!
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I heard that Kim will back after she "make" her family
i've seen one other person on wtaworld say this, but i dont know where it came from, because i havent seen such a quote.

but frankly, i dont see it happening. given kim's nature, she would never want to be away from her children (and if she brings the children on tour then what? brian left alone? ). motherhood is a full time job, and while there are a few players on tour who can do it, i dont think kim will. children will be her priority 100% and nothing else
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