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could Kim switch to a 1-handed backhand?

If it came down to a choice for Kim between retirement and learning a 1-handed BH, i would hope she would try to make the switch. This is an injury to her non-dominant hand for chrissakes, it shouldn't be an injury that knocks her out of the sport.

Even with a stinker of a 1-handed backhand (see Steffi Graf and Pete Sampras), i bet Kim could still be a Top 30 player. That would be far better than having no tennis career at all.
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Maybe temporarily but to me, her backhand is her best shot and I don't think she would be able to give that up just because of her wrist. It would totally hinder her entire game.

I don't think it's such a great idea and I don't think she would be able to perform nearly as well as she would with a two hander.

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Even with a stinker of a 1-handed backhand (see Steffi Graf and Pete Sampras), i bet Kim could still be a Top 30 player. That would be far better than having no tennis career at all.
I disagree.
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Do you mean like a Graf backhand or a Henin-Hardenne backhand?
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no she can't and I hope she doesn't need it

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Even with a stinker of a 1-handed backhand (see Steffi Graf and Pete Sampras)
And that's a stinker of a comment.

Yes, she could switch, but of course to slice only at first. Everything else might not be worth the effort anyway.
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no she can't and I hope she doesn't need it
why the hostility? It's pretty obvious that a choice between being a Top 30 player with a one-handed slice backhand, and being a retired top player at age 21, which choice is the better one. There's no reason why Kim couldn't do it, she is the kind of person who always has a positive, can-do attitude.
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It's pretty obvious that a choice between being a Top 30 player with a one-handed slice backhand, and being a retired top player at age 21, which choice is the better one.
I think Kim would pick the 2nd option
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I think Kim would pick the 2nd option
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Maybe temporarily but to me, her backhand is her best shot and I don't think she would be able to give that up just because of her wrist. It would totally hinder her entire game.

I don't think it's such a great idea and I don't think she would be able to perform nearly as well as she would with a two hander.
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Hmmm you people make it sound like Kim's game is/was BASED on her two-hander

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I think this topic can be broken down in 2 questions:

If the injury doesn't heal anymore and Kim is forced to switch to a one-handed backhand:

1) What rank could she achieve with that one-handed backhand?

2) What's better for her: Retiring at age 21, or playing for that highest possible rank you just mentioned in question 1.


My opinions:

1) About 20th-30th place, with a solid slice backhand should be the highest possible rank for her.
2) As a tennis fan i prefer to see her staying active, and playing for that 20th-30th place rank. Just for herself, i think it might be better to retire since 20th-30th place is really bad compared to her current achievements, doesn't help her career, and might not be worth the effort.
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It depends on how bad her left wrist are. One handed backhand is very difficult to master ask Sampras about it. It took him 4 YEARS to master that. However why not if she want to master. Sampras started to win things when he mastered the one handed backhand but I don't think she will. Since she wants to retied at 25.

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Then again, retiring at 21 couldn't be so bad; Kim could even take up a little equestrian work.

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of course the switch would hinder Kim's game: nobody is arguing that it wouldn't. Minus her 2-hand BH she probly couldn't be Top 10 anymore. But she could still beat an awful lot of players just on her FH winners, mental toughness, and hustle.
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