Originally Posted by Just Roger
I expect Justine to retire in 2 or 3 years (especially if she completes the career Slam) given the toll that playing @ this level would likely take on her health again. (Including the brutal workouts that make it possible to ovacome the "size factor"). Kim can likely play @ a high level to "30 plus". Unless Flipper or whoever becomes a force, Kim will be "the Belgian", post JHH.
sorry but I really fail to understand that reasoning.
You are saying the toll that playing at this level will likely
take on her, then the rest of the assumption is pretty bold.
She is extremely fit, and being in great shape will not take a toll, it's actually the other way around. Sure, overtraining can weaken her inmune system but then you are assuming she needs to overtrain to compete which is again, your opinion, not based on facts but just your perception.
As somebody pointed out, if someone's body seems to be taking a toll it's Kim.
I don't know how you can say that being small takes a toll when it's usually the opposite, yes, Justine has to work harder to get as strong as the other girls but as long as she doesn't cross the limits that's ok, being fit is
Kim on the other hand is heavier, her joints suffer more, especially with her style, she runs very fast and the splits, Justine on the other hand plays a much energy saving game (and I am not saying that one is better than the other, all I am saying is that Kim's style is more punishing to the body).
Additionally, and this is just an opinion, for Justine tennis is her life, she loves playing tennis, while I believe Kim has other interests, and that's a factor.