Is Clijsters the best the Williams have or could have played?
To me, Kim is overrated. I never say any player who's no.3 in the world is anything other than a great player, and Kim has proved that she is. She's tested - and beaten - both of the Williams'.
But to me, Kim's game is not that of a future no.1. She doesn't have the acceleration in her shots. She's a curious mix between Hingis and Serena. She has Hingis' shot production and a similar technique. Yet Kim has far less finesse and talent than Hingis. At the same time, however, she's quicker than Hingis and far stronger. She's built like a European version of Serena Williams, which is to say that she's not QUITE as formidable an athlete as Serena (or Venus).
So I feel Kim is not QUITE as athletic as Serena and NOT quite as clever as Hingis.
Like Hingis, Kim's forehand is where she lacks acceleration. She can time power very well with her immense strength, but she can't attack forehand-to-forehand without losing length (that wasn't meant to rhyme! LOL).
So, is Kim more of a threat to the Williams' than say, Aranxta in her prime would have been?
To be honest, I think Aranxta of 1994 would been able to beat both of the Williams' on clay, and frustrated them on other surfaces. She had a game that didn't play into their hands and was designed to frustrate and counter. In her prime she had just boundless energy, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, Aranxta NEVER gave up. You could knock her down love and love and she'd still come back fighting the next time. She would willingly run miles to win a point, and had the heart and courage of a lion.
I pick Aranxta because Graf and Seles were both dominant champions, as was Navratlova. I'm interested in Aranxta because she was in many ways in Kim's position in the early and mid-90s. Sabatini would be another candidate.
To me, so many of the players lose to Venus and Serena because they simply don't believe in themselves enough to take advantage of the chances they are given. Mauresmo, Capriati, Kim, Justine, Davenport are all the same.
I just think players in years gone by, unique players like Aranxta, would have ACTUALLY provided stiffer opposition than those of today.