Originally Posted by n1_and_uh_noone
Quite surprising she continues to get so many injuries even without playing. Maybe the on-again, off-again nature of juggling parenthood and pro tennis is taking its toll.
I don't think it's surprising. It's actually natural if your body is so unused to playing matches, that you keep picking up injuries on the rare occasions that you do play, because it's such a sudden shock to the system and your body doesn't have much resilience. And no matter how much offcourt training she does, you can never simulate the tension that your body is going through in a proper match.
Serena found this out in that whole 2004-07 period, when she was playing really infrequently and getting minor injuries pretty much everytime she played....then as soon as she started playing a fairly regular schedule from 2008 onwards, counter-intuitively the more she played the less she was injured. And in fact, Kim herself, the one period of her comeback where she was actually playing a pretty full schedule, between June 2010 and March 2011, that whole period she didn't get a single major injury.... then she got that freak injury from dancing at a wedding
just before last year's claycourt season, but since then she's got it into her head that the less she plays the less likely she is to get injured, when the opposite is true. Skipping Indian Wells in order to have a two-month break after the AO, having been off the tour for the entire 6 months before that, was always going to be insane. Hopefully when this latest injury heals, she realises she's just going to have to put her nose to the grindstone and start playing most of the big tournaments (obviously there's a balance to be struck, and anything close to a Wozniacki-like schedule would be insane - but, call me biased, but I would say Maria's approach to scheduling is pretty much the perfect one for a top player, playing all the major warm-ups for Slams and playing just about regularly enough that her body doesn't fall out of the match-playing routine).