MAR. 6 • It was slightly expected but it is now official: Kim has to rest for 4 weeks and will thus not play the Fed Cup semifinal match against Estonia, nor the tournament of Madrid. The medical staff advises 4 to 6 weeks of relative rest and intensive functional physiotherapy. If the rehabilitation is prosperous, Kim hopes to be back in form for the tournament of Rome (from 9 May, two weeks before the start of Roland Garros).
'I think this is a great pity', said Kim on her official website. 'The Fed Cup is something I was really looking forward to, but I felt that something was out of the ordinary. There were too many minor ailments, one after the other, which did not seem to disappear. Something like that gets into your head. I don't want to force anything, because I want to prevent it from becoming chronic by any means. I really want to be there at this year's Roland Garros. Now there is no other option than to rest and I certainly can't use a tennis racket for the first few weeks. We will continue with lots of physiotherapy and exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles.'