Re: What level player is Clijsters, really?
I feel as though saying Kim doesn't have a weapon. She's definitely a stronger version of Aranxta Sanchez Vicario to me, and she definitely has a walloping forehand WHEN SHE WANTS TO HAVE ONE. I've seen her hit forehands so much harder than she does now, but she'd rather try and draw errors out of women instead, and that will work on more. If she had the balls to step up and hit her forehand like she did in 2001, she would have had many more majors, and would be on par with Justine completely in terms of majors, IMO, even with her head. She works her way into the big moments. She didn't blow Pierce away in 2005 until about 3-3, and didn't blow away Wozniacki at all.
Short version: If she would hit her forehand like she had a pair, she'd have more slams. That's really all she needed in the long run.
Next stop: Roland Garros
Ana ('08 RG), Serena (21), Venus (7), Petra (2), Angie ('16 AO)
Vika (2), Sveta (2), Simona, Garbi, Ka. Pliskova
Aussie Kim, Mahree (2), Monica (9), Dokic, Sandrine, Jie