Re: Eleni Daniilidou #272 in the World
Eleni had a very serious knee injury. At the time of the injury, it was generally thought that she would take the rest of 2008 off. In hindsight she should have at least taken six months out to ensure she was entitled to that protected ranking. But I guess to temptation to play in the Olympics was too great. From the results we have seen of hers since coming back it is obvious too that she was not ready.
Without the protected ranking there is no question it will be harder to come back. She will however I'm sure be given WCs to any ITFs or WTA qualifying events that she wants to play and Daniilidou does have, as kittyking mentioned, a whole lot of character and determination. It isn't going to happen overnight, but providing she stays fit, and to be honest that is never really a given, I feel confident Eleni will finish the year in the top 100.