mishar - you're correct about slow development of course. I always try to remember Martina Navratilova didn't win her first GS til she was 23. But for MOST players, their peak years are either late teens to early twenties, or late twenties. But even the real good players peaking in their late twenties are usually peaking aroudn #15 - #5. And I can't recall a GS winner doing that. (Novotna is just weird.) But Testud and Halard-Decugis, for example, but became top ten players rather late in their careers.
Lin K's injury have been unfortunate in more ways than one. Besides retarding her development, Serena and Kim both REALLY racheted up their games. They are a lot less likely to be eliminated from a tournament before LK would meet them, and now it's a sure loss for her. In 2001, both of them were good for a poor result or two, and a much lower ranked player, like Lina K, would reap the points. Or not have to play them since they lost early. Ain't hap'n now. Points are dear.
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