Originally Posted by -SMM-
According to Hingis, Kournikova asked her to play doubles.
I don't want to spoil the hopes here. But WHERE and WHEN exactly did Hingis make such a statement ? I did not read anything about this anywhere ? Do you have a link or something ? Which source ?
Originally Posted by -SMM-
Can she be ready in 6 months?
As Hingis said, she has a lot of training to do. Mainly, she needs to gain weight, and figure out how to serve with her back problem.
If Kournikova can get a good fitness coach and a tennis coach, and maybe someone to help her mentally, I think she could really do well with Hingis in the Australian Summer.
Now it seems Kournikova has matured, and Sharapova is the focus of attention. I think if she took some time to train, got her serve together, and played doubles only for 6 months, then gave a crack at the European Tier III scene for the summer, who knows what would happen. Maybe by the US Open she could play Top 70 tennis.
Is that far off?
[...] If she could get a coach who could get her to train efficiently, and she had her heart into it, I'm not sure why she couldn't do well in doubles. Singles again is harder to predict, as people would want to kill her. She, even now with a good partner, is arguably Top 100 Doubles material. I really think she could walk into a Tier 4 and win a couple of matches with a good partner. With training she and Hingis could do well.
*Sigh* No regular tennis played by AnnaK for almost 3 1/2 years now, AnnaK slim as a stick instead of sport-fit, no muscle definition, no endurance, no regular technical tennis practice, no tactical nor menthal training, and - to make things even worse - a chronic back injury, which limits the hours on-court for training and matches drastically.
From what I heard and read about the back injury, it needs complex and risky surgery to "outheal" completely. Without surgery, the problem is chronic and comes back to painful reality, as soon as she practices on-court for more than an hour every two days.
So first things she needs to do is to think about surgery and make a decision. Then she needs to be lucky that everything goes the right way and the surgery is successful. Then a phase for rehabilitation, which will take a couple of months. THEN the fitness needs to come first along with muscular build-up programm and THEN ... if she stays injury free this long ... AnnaK will start with a regular tennis coaching schedule watched and guided by not only a tennis coach but medical experts, which watch the progress AND the state of her back and the rest of her body permanently.
Apart from all that, she needs to build up a trustworthy and respected couple of peaople, who are willing to travel with her, if she really wants to come back on tour.
Soooo many steps to do before WE can speculate on her chances to make a sucessful comeback or not ...
... but it was nice to dream for a minute or two. Thanks for that.