Re: Does anyone else feel like Henin's comeback kind of harmed her career?
I honestly think her whole comeback would have worked out differently had she won that Australian Open final with Serena. Maybe replay one of those break poins in the 3rd set and everything changes. I think at first she viewed that as a good start in her comeback. However that loss, coupled with a couple even closer losses to Kim on hard courts, in the tune up final, and then in the Miami semis which was an event she was seeking to win for the first time, hurt his confidence some. It also created a sense of anxiety, since even though the clay court season was where she was supposed to shine and run roughshed over everyone, I think a part of her had been expecting to have a big win by then and she didnt have it yet, so it put even more pressure on her to win the French Open. Then when that didnt happen, and Wimbledon was coming up which was her stated main objective for her return, she just didnt feel confident anymore at that point, and was trying to press things which led to her career ending injury at Wimbledon.
I think if she had won the Australian Open final she probably would have won Miami and the French Open too. Her draw at Wimbledon would have been different so the fateful fall vs Clijsters wouldnt have happened (although no way was she was winning that Wimbledon IMO). I have no idea if she would have won anything significant after Roland Garros, but she probably would have already done enough to easily end 2010 at #1 over the likes of Wozniacki, and still been playing in 2011 healthy and relatively confident.
Her overall game plan was wrong as well though. She tried to become a combination of all out ballbasher and all out attacker which were things that were melded into her overall game, but not the entire framework when she was playing her best and her most successful. If she had a better game plan she would have also done alot better.