include Kim in the younger group because she is a veteran
with 10+ years on the tour.
No changing of the guard yet. I think it's pretty clear the Belgians and WS will have to quit for that to happen.
Yeah, weirdo face right back at ya!
Kim is a year younger than Justine. A year older than Bepa. 3 years younger than Fran. She's not exactly a pensioner and she's been out of the game, as you well know. Its all symantics who's put in each group. Younger, Older, middle 20's, late 20's etc... If Kim retired tomorrow, you could argue the guard has now changed, as no-one but Kim and Caro has won a Tier 1/Major for 6 month.
So changing of the guards depends on only 4 players?
Serena Williams. Greatest player of current generation, but may never return to competitive tennis.
Venus Williams. Haven't won a major since ...I can't remember, but it's many moons ago. She's also 30+ and has dodgy knees. Not considered a contender anymore.
Justine Henin. Bit of a health problem. I'd say it's unlikely Justine has the health/body to play anywhere near a normal WTA schedule. Contender at majors, if she plays/is fit.
Kim Clijsters. The youngest of the 'depends on for the guard to change'. Kim is 27 .. thats just ooooooold, but hopefully she'll stick around for a few more years.