Of course Kim can still improve her game. Her serve e.g., one of the most important parts of the game today. Once she gets more consistence in it, it will become a great weapon. Her shot selection can also improve a lot. I think she hits too many drop shots. Although in the last matches I saw from her, she was already using it much less.
The more experience she gets, her game will become more consistent generally.
When you're only 19 years old there's always room for improvement.
Kim will certainly enter the top 4 next year, she will take Martina's spot. And if she manages to play a whole year at her best, then I believe she can enter the top 3.
sk, you say you can't see how she could beat Venus, Serena, Justine, Jen, Martina, Lindsay when they are at the top of their game.
Well she did beat my Justine at the French, when Justine was at the top of her game. She almost (yeah, I know almost beat Serena at the US Open at 17. I'm sure you still remember how close she was. A more consistent serve and the match was hers. You can't say Serena wasn't at her best, she won the US Open that year.
Venus at her best, that would be a really tough one, I admit. But I can't see how Elena, Justine, Jelena, even Lindsay would win from Venus then.
[ October 18, 2001: Message edited by: Justinator ]