Potentially (and that's the key word) it could be the best thing to happen to Martina in a long time.
Potentially it is a chance for Martina, Melanie and others to evaluate where Martina is coming up short (heck, I guess they know that already) and really prepare Martina to put the ground work in to tighten up her game.
Martina's game lacks bite (not of a physical kind necessarily), and authority. Martina's never been able to boss opponents around the court with power, but her quickness of thought (opportunism), as we all know has been severely lacking. And of course there is the serve. Words fail me to describe how flimsy it is, and how she could at least give herself an advantage in points by... hey! I'm not even gonna get into that.
Even if the changes that most of us would like to see aren't fully tackled, the time spent not playing, not having to think about the #1 ranking - which has perceptibly been playing on her mind all year - will hopefully do her a lot of good.
Oh, and I would love to think that Martina would be humble (perhaps modest is a better word) enough to think that she could learn from others on the Tour, because you're right QueenV, I think Martina needs to develop a greater awareness of where her contemporaries are at now: They've caught her up (without exception).
I'm still not sure if Martina is ready for that lesson yet - although obviously I would hope she is.
[ October 17, 2001: Message edited by: thefreedesigner ]
"Mentally prepare? Why? When you plan something it never works. It's simple: get in, drive car, see what happens."