(6 JAN.) Kim has retired from her semifinal match against Daniela HANTUCHOVA at the Brisbane International Open.
After a first set that lasted over an hour which she won in the tiebreak, Kim took a medical time-out early in the second set with Hantuchova leading 2-1 and up a break. Kim received treatment on her left hip before returning to the court briefly to play one more game. Kim then called an end to the match at 1-3 for the Slovakian.
Early reports suggest that the injury is not that serious and that Kim took the decision to retire in order no to worsen it.
Kim had an ice bath immediately after the match, and will have tests including an MRI scan in hospital this Saturday. She said she had felt her hip and the surrounding muscles progressively tightening up.
'I felt like it was just spasming up and getting worse throughout that first set, so it was the smartest choice to try and get any worse, to get ready for Melbourne in a couple of weeks', Kim said.
'With my stomach muscle [injury, last August] I knew straightaway that this is something that's going to take long, but this one I kind of have an OK feeling. I know with Sam and the trainers here, if everything comes out tomorrow, then it should take a little under a week to get completely healed, so that's what I'm obviously hoping for and aiming for, so I do have a good feeling about this one.'