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Kournikova wants to come back, can she be fit by 2007 OZ?

According to Hingis, Kournikova asked her to play doubles. I'm not sure what shes thinking about singles, but I'm guessing she'd try doubles first, and if that went well, she'd give it a try.

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. Looking at Kournikova's serve from summer 2002, to Spring 2003, it was clear her back was giving her serve problems. Granted it was no cannon in 2002, but it was a very very effective kick serve, when hit well put her in good position in points. I'm not sure why she didn't flatten it out as a first serve, but who knows.

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.

As for Singles, its harder to tell. Kournikova finally looked liked, game-wise, she had gotten it together in the Summer of 2002. Mentally though, she still collapsed at the big stages, but she was *this* close to winning her first title, she took the #4 player in the world to 2 match points, she took more games off then #2 Venus Williams than anyone else in a tournament, and she was starting to win matches that she should. Then she got injured, played through it only winning one match, and the rest is history.

I think she legitamately stopped playing because of injury, she really was trying. She ended 2002 strongly (well injured) and was playing reasonably well even though very obviously injured in 2003 until it caught up with her. She and Seles pretty much went out the same way, on a wimper when they shouldn't have been playing.

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? Obviously, shes only been doing "okay" as Hingis put it in WTT. But thats without training, and with an average girl's weight and strength. I think the key for Kournikova is she needs to learn how to be efficient with her training. She was one of the HARDEST workers on tour, but it didn't show because she really was overdoing it. 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.

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. Singles again is harder to predict, as people would want to kill her.

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hahahahah such great insight i love it!

I think she could totally rock in doubles. SIngles on the other hand, I'm not so sure. If she really put in the work and dedication and the fight in matches, i feel top 15, easy.

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hahahahah such great insight i love it!

I think she could totally rock in doubles. SIngles on the other hand, I'm not so sure. If she really put in the work and dedication and the fight in matches, i feel top 15, easy.
Singles or doubles? Even with her 2003 serve, she was winning doubles matches against good players as the lead player (no offense to Chanda or Elena D.)

Hell now, she has done respectably in doubles. If she tried, and she played a reasonable schedule, she could be Top 10, Top 5 even in doubles if she dedicated herself to it.

As for singles, she still moves better, volleys better and has more variety than most of the top 10, and she (seems) that shes matured to the point where she'd think about what the heck she was doing.

The problem is she'd have to have a decent serve. With her back, I'm not sure if she can do that.

Thats really the question. Its a shame because she has/had a good motion, its just the follow through. I'm not sure if its painful or what, but if she followed through properly she'd have a good serve.
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But if Martina plays doubles it makes it impossible for her to play her best in Singles. Its very physically draining to do both if you intend to reach the quarters/semis of Singles everytime. I can't see Martina wanting to sacrafice her Singles.

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Martina won't play doubles. She has to work far too hard in singles. Venus, for example, can play singles and doubles because she finishes points in three or four strokes. Even against lesser players, Martina still needs 8 to 10 shots to finish points.

As for Anna, she can't come back to singles unless she can serve 100MPH first and 85MPH with kick second.

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if Kournikova spent the rest of the year than I see no reason why she couldn't make at least a successful comeback in doubles. Her netplay is still some of the best in modern tennis. I even think if she got strong and revamped her serve and groundies she could definetely make a miniature singles comeback and possibly win a tier 4 or maybe even a 3. But she would have to work her ass off and with the back injury idk if their is enough motivation. But I hope she tries, and I'll be supporting her 110% !!

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I would like to see her come back it would add even more spice to the womens game
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Martina won't play doubles. She has to work far too hard in singles. Venus, for example, can play singles and doubles because she finishes points in three or four strokes. Even against lesser players, Martina still needs 8 to 10 shots to finish points.

As for Anna, she can't come back to singles unless she can serve 100MPH first and 85MPH with kick second.
Thats a very good point. I honestly think it all just depends on whether Kournikova can get her 98 serve back.
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Did Anna play some tier 4 tournaments ever? Its hard to believe she never won a singles title.

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it would not be that hard. Kournikova is still probably reasonably fit, she just needs to spend less time on the treadmill, get back to doing weights and drink a lot of protein shakes.

I have no expectations that she will comeback but i'm sure she could get back in shape if she was really motivated to comeback.
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her and martina were such a killer doubles team - im confident that kournikova still has the talent, and can achieve whatever she wants IF she works hard enough! her game was so damn flashy

if she gets in good shape and partners with hingis, the can win doubles Slams. period. only then should she worry about singles tennis... baby steps

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If she came back... I'm not even gonna say anything.
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this is good news
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I am not sure if Anna said anything about playing singles, the only news that I know of is that she wants to play doubles with Martina next year, either way though, it would be great!
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According to Hingis, Kournikova asked her to play doubles.

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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 ?


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[...]

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.

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*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. *sigh*

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