Kim Clijsters was forced to retire in her 4th round match against Marion Bartoli at the BNP Paribas Open due to a nagging shoulder injury that she has had since the Australian Open, and although the pain isn't constant, and she says she's not too worried about it, she also doesn't want to take unnecessary risks.
At the end of the Australian Open I was already having some acupuncture from my trainer because I had some pain in that shoulder. And especially I kept telling him even with the drive volleys that I was hitting, everything that was kind of a little bit higher up, I felt I was struggling with it a little bit .
Obviously something is not the way it should be at the moment in this area, so I'm gonna have to figure out, gonna have some tests done, and then try to get to it and solve it.
I don't want to be in that position where I'm taking medication to cover the pain and not knowing if it's getting worse during my match.
She still intends to play at the Sony Ericsson Open begining March 21st, but wants to be completely healed for Fed Cup and the clay court season.
Obviously we have Miami, but then after Miami we have Fed Cup, which, you know, I'm taking very seriously.And also obviously the clay court season, which is, you know, a very tough part of the season for the shoulders. And so, you know, I'm gonna have to make sure that I'm, you know, fully healed until I start playing on that surface.