Hey! I consider myself to be a true Monica Seles fan...and that means not only praising her 24/7, but also admitting and discussing her weaknesses on court.
I've noticed lots of Seles fans here (selesadmirer, selesrules...you get the picture) and I'd just like to say that you guys are great! Thanks for defending Monica from a few unsensitive pricks who make nasty comments about Monica and constantly put her down.
Anyway, I just wanted to know what you guys REALLY think of Monica's chances of a full recovery? Personally, I would like to think that Monica might magically come back and dominate WTA like she did from 1990-1993. But I've faced the reality that she's probably way past her prime and her best years are behind her.
Why? Well, nobody can question the champion's determination on court. You could just see the aggressiveness on her face when she clobbers the ball. She never gives up trying to play her best and that's why I really admire her. Good example is at the Aussie Open this year when despite her ankle problems, Monica kept on playing her 2nd round match (even though she knew she was going to lose to a player ranked outside the top 50). Another is at Miami 2000 where instead of defecting, she kept on playing against Martina despite a swollen ankle and the embarrasement of losing 6-0, 6-0.
So what will it take for Monica to reach at least to a GS winning form? I, for one, would love to see her win Wimbledon before she reitres. Then her GS tally would be 4AO, 3RG, 1W and 2US. IMO, Monica needs to improve her fitness dramatically. Playing with two hands on both strokes is extremely difficult and Monica will have to be incredibly fast to have enough time to properly hit her forehands and backhands. That's why if Monica is much fitter, she'd be able to always comfortably use her unique two-hander and therefore make much less unforced errors and therefore hit the ball so damn hard that Venus, Serena and co would break a few bones trying to reach for those Monica shots.
To win Wimbledon (or any other GS and reach back to #1), Monica only really needs to work on her mobility.
That's my opinion. What about the other Seles fans? I'd love to read your opinions and analysis