I know I may be jumping the gun here (and I hope I am) but it looks likely now that Myskina will never return to tennis. I was never precisely a fan but I've always appreciated her and what she brought to the sport.
When I think about her, the first word that comes to mind is: explosive.
She hit winners when you least expected them. Her backhand down the line was one of the most aggressive shots in womens' tennis. And, then, of course, there was her temper.
The second word that comes to mind is: unpredictable.
Despite being at her best on fast courts, the GS that she took home was Roland Garros, the one that she wanted the most. She contradicted herself almost everytime that she gave an interview and you could never quite predict what she would say next.
The third word that comes to my mind is: patriotic.
She always played her heart out for Russia. Sometimes the pressure was too much, as at the Olympics in 2004, but her country will always be proud of her: the first ever Russian GS singles winner.
She was a great player, a worthy #2 and player of the year in 2004, and she won her RG title in style. But what I'll remember her most as is the great entertainer that she was. I hope her fans will remember riding the 3 AM rollercoaster fondly.
Now, that I've written all of this, I hope more than ever that I'm jumping the gun and she'll be back on court soon but, alas, I don't think so.