On overweight players
This is not a 'WTA are all fat' thread. ather, I'm wondering about the variety of success some have whe carrying what would seem to be excess weight. Serena is, of course, the prefect example. When she's seemingly thirty pounds ligher that she was when she won OZ this year,she wins slams mor easily. But of course, she wins them either way.
Lindsay Davenport seemed to have the game for years. And in fact, actually won her slams at a pretty high weight. Later in her career, she lost weight, spent weeks at #1 and made slam finals. In this case, losing weiht did not mean greater success, but that can, to an extent, be attributed to the competition. That weight loss coincided with Jennifer Capriati, the Williams sisters, and then Justine Henin coming into their own.
Monica Seles did win one slam at a much higher weight. But she was never the force at that weight she was in 1990, when she was relatively slender.
Svetlana Kuznetsovanever looks truly in shape to me. But she's won two slams, she doesn't seem to get fatigued in matches, and I don;t really see losing 15 pounds having a great effect on her game.
On the other hand, Bartoli, Kleybanova, Alexa Stevenson, back in the day. You'd think all those players would take the next obvious step, and drop some serious body weight.
Of course, losing weight is no cure-all. Daniel Hantuchova seemingly took a top ten career and pitch it by deciding that being model thin was better carrying the weight required to be successful. And when Venus Williams shows up looking thinner than ususal, bad things always happen.
Whereas, the new muscular definition on Maria Kirilenko seems to be paying dividends. She's never gonna be Sam Stosur, but look at her two years ago and look at her now. She's clearly put in the weight lifting time, and added the right kind of weight.
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