I like that about her too. The only time I wished she hadn’t talked about her plans was this year, when she first said that she would like to play at the US open and than a few weeks later she said she probably wouldn’t. I am sure she has her reasons for it, but I must admit I was a little disappointed then.There's lots of things I like about Kim. One thing I like her for is that even if you don't like the message - she let's her fans know what's going on through her diary and interviews. She's always given notice of her intentions. Hasn't yet pulled out of tournaments at the very last minute without any warning unlike other players I could name. She's always planned her recoveries from injuries, lets us know when she aims to be back, and works toward her announced return date.
Both Kim’s mother and sister stopped with their sports at a very young age because of injuries and even Kim’s father had a lot of operations, so it has a lot to do with her genes too. She was lucky that tennis wasn’t as physical at the beginning of her career as it is now, otherwise I doubt that she would have lasted even this long.What I really hate about Kim is the rotten luck she's had with injuries.
One thing I find funny though. A lot of people say that she is leaving the sport at her peak. She is 24 years old, has an extremely physical way of playing tennis, a ton of chronic injuries, is she really at her peak now? For me, it was in 2003 and probably would have been in 2004. In 2005 she gathered all her strength to achieve what she did achieve, but that was also the year when her hip, knee, back problems began. Since then nothing has been the same.