Silvia Farina Elia retires - what can we learn from her career?
Silvia started her career on the WTA tour in 1989 right in the Golden Age of women's tennis when Graf and Navratilova peaked and played historic battles (Wimbledon, USO, YEC).
Although Sabatini double-bageled her twice in 91 & 92 Silvia could take revenge on the beautiful Argentinian at FO 94, this marking her first great win against a top player (slam winner).
When she was already 27 years old she ambushed Seles at the FedCup 99.
In the new millenium she could score a lot more wins against slam winners (although she was already in her 30ies):
Sydney 02: Myskina 6-3 6-2
Tokyo 03: Pierce 3-6 6-1 6-0
Strasbourg 03: Myskina 6-2 6-3
Eastbourne 03: Davenport 6-4 3-6 7-6
Rome 04: Sharapova 7-6 6-0
Dubai 05: V. Williams 7-5 7-6
Amelia Island 05: S. Williams 5-7 7-6 TKO
She made her ranking peak in spring of 2002 aged 30.
Her success in the 21st century is even more remarkable if we consider that the bar had been raised dramtically and the game had moved on in comparison to the 90ies (when opposition was weak).
We will miss you, Silvia!