Help me with this case

PROFILE: 27 year old female, European, Caucasian, married, one daughter. JOB: Professional athlete. CONTEXT: was once the best in the world, but retired to pursue a career as a family woman. Returned barely over two years later. SITUATION: By the start of the year, start “declining”, but still won the first major event of the year – winning ugly; became the best in the world again, for seven days. Then, downhill. “Winning ugly” became only “ugly”; complained about her shoulder, retired from a match. Even though could barely survive the early rounds, mounted one of the biggest comebacks in the seaside town. By the end of the American swing, suffered a bizarre – at least – injury, sparing her from playing on the dirty surfaces; returned for the second big event of the year, but oh well, shocked my world – the same way she did two years ago – but this time for bad. Returned to play on grass, at an event close to her motherland. As the top-seed, faced some trouble to get past the opener. Lost her second consecutive 2nd Round match against a qualifier; Re-injured the ankle (allegedly); in doubt for the third main event of the season.


a) She regretted coming back and is now just tired of it all.

b) She’s bored and just want to spend time with her husband and kid

c) No more motivation

d) Bad luck

e) Actually injured

f) Off-court issues

g) Casual losses

h) I should not care.

i) Just a bad streak and the tide will turn soon

j) Forgot how to properly hit the furry balls

k) Tennis is now strictly business for her. Hence, “all work and no joy makes Her a dull girl”.

l) Add yours.


Could you, dear readers, please help me? I just want to understand. Or maybe I’m just overreacting and shouldn’t care this much, since this is only tennis, only entertainment. But I’m a tennis fan, so worrying about people that don’t even know I exist is o.k.

Whatever. Please, get healthy again, Kim. And if deep down inside you, and only you (maybe Brian too), know that your issues are not related to the ankle, or to the head, just take the necessary measures to fix it.

Even if this includes ending your career again.


About Pete S. Liguori
Pete was born in São Paulo, Brasil. Loves sports - pigskin fanatic, tennis lover. One of his most famous quotes is "I'm no Tolstoi, but I love the Dallas Cowboys" His favorite quote of all time is "I'll keep playing", unknown author.

2 Responses to Help me with this case

  1. Victoria says:

    c) No more motivation – I think If Kim would have won the tie break she would have won the match for sure .

    d) Bad luck – When she was making the point and just had to close a point, the bad luck was here and that’s how she lost some easy points !

    b) She’s bored and just want to spend time with her husband and kid – How knows ? 🙂

  2. Licebeire says:

    great post!

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