Pete Sampras has a stomach like a washboard. Sure he was winded in the fourth set. He'd already gone to net 100 times! Serve-and-volley tennis is physically harder than playing on the baseline. The truth is, all the best male players are walking around with 4% body fat.
Put it this way. Pete Sampras is about the same amount overweight as Venus. And he looks it. Bodies differ, and I wouldn't expect Monica to get down to Venus/Daniela/Justine type slenderness. But she can certainly get down to Lindsay/Serena/Amelie type slenderness. If she wants to. And if she does, she could make life VERY difficult for Serena at RG. If she doesn't have to play Serena or Venus, she'll likely win. Actualy, at that weight, she'd probably beat Venus. Certainly the way Venus play at the US.
Monica is below 30. She can still take off weight the way a middle-aged person can't. But you have to want to. Think of all the people who call Monica 'fit' at her current weight. There's a big difference between 'fit' and 'peak performance'. Anyone who doesn't think Monica would win more if she were thirty pounds lighter never played high level sports. The lesser shocks on her joints alone would add years to the time she'd perform at a top ten level.
Martina Navratilova beat a top 20 player when she was 44. I cannot imagine Monica doing that. Monica will always give 100% effort, so you can't ever write her off. However, she does NOT give herself the best chance to win. Her best chance is 30 pounds lighter than she is now.
I'm not counting Monica out. However, to an extent, I feel she's counting herself out. She KNOWS she can't win a GS at her current weight, or even close to it.
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