They are all talented obviously, and all have proved that to some extent this year, but only Kim has really proved that she has the real talents: is the 'real deal'.
In successfully defending Leipzig like it was a warm-up, and remaining nearly a whole year in the Top 10 at such a young age, qualifying for the Chase Championships again is all the proof you need. Dokic perhaps too, could be considered encapsulated all the promise she's shown for 2-and-a-half years with excellent tournament wins this year (doesn't get much better than2 Tier I's and a Tier II). But, she has been found wanting occasionally in the Majors and been caught napping.
Justine has proved to those who ever doubted it, that she has Top 5 capabilities, but still will have to prove next year that occasional weakness of mind, and lack of stamina, will not get the better of her and her results.
Elena has proved that she's inches away from being a consistent challenger, and threat on the tour. Mostly with the serve (which should be a big weapon for her) and maybe variation of game, are where she could improve upon? She's not far away either imo. So she's 20 (on Monday). How old was Venus when she won her first Slam? How old was Lindsay, how old was Jennifer?
I'm not saying Elena is going to win a Slam, but I don't think it's right to write her off because she's, what, 9 months older than Justine, and 18 months or so older than Jelena and Kim.
[ October 13, 2001: Message edited by: thefreedesigner ]
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