Originally Posted by cellophane
Rod Black (the joke of a commentator on TSN) almost called Naida a veteran in her match against Sesil.
well, Safina always seems like one of the older batch of russians with dementieva, petrova, nastya and krasnoroutskaya more than the newer Kirilenko, Chakvatadze, Douchevina and linetskaya. so Pam in ES always refers to her as one f the veteran russians, which is so odd considering she's just 19.
I'm just saying that calling serena in any comparsion a veteran, even if she plays a 13 year-old is ridicoulous.
Veterans are usually top20 players that never really broke through. you look at so many 30+ girls i mentioned and they had a peak year in the top10, but mostly dwelled in the 15-25 area, with titles mostly when they take a break from the top tiers and play a tierIV or two.
Veterans tend to play all the time, without too many injuries in thier whole careers. they just have a different personality, laid back and understanding of the really tough demands in women's tennis.
I just can't imagine Serena playing after 30 knowing she isn't going to win anything better than a low Tier. there are some exceptional veterans, but in general it requires a totally different character.
i think serena will quit aged 27-28. that's two very tough years away from what we call "veteran" in the tennis world.