Is her injury going to end her career? I'm starting to worry. She can still be a force (she proved it last year in the California summer tournaments), but it's very discouraging to see her always injured. How serious is her injury? Anna should be right now at least in the top10 and with 5 titles including a slam. She could be even challenging Serena for the top spot, it's too bad that she never gets to play.
I think as long as she rests long enough, she should be back by about the Kremlin Cup, if not then, I think she will be out for the remider of the year. WHo knows...
Im more worried about the coaching situation, I hope she doesnt go back to Alla. Anyway she knows whats best for her...
I think the main thing Anna should work on is her serve. She's tall enough to make it a weapon. Her ground game is great, she even has a nice feel at the net, but her serve is so slow and she just basically puts in play. Whoever becomes her coach, he/she should work 90% of the time on her serve. Her current serve wouldn't stand a chance against the top players. But first, hopefully her injury will heal soon.
The thing is Chronic back pain doesnt go away over night, it can stay there for a while, which is what worries me. I dont think its the end of her career, but it could but the brakes on an already haulting one.
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I think the main thing Anna should work on is her serve. She's tall enough to make it a weapon.
The sad part is that it used to be decent. It was never spectacular, but she had good pop on it and her first serve wasn't a weakness. The first couple years on tour, for whatever reason, she would serve it to the same area a lot but she used to be able to crank the serve. One of my first memories of her is of when she hit a second serve ace against Barbara Paulas, who was ranked 14 at the time, at the U.S. Open.
Anna knows she can never have a career like mine in 2 ways - she can never win the titles I won and she will never be as beautiful as me. On their own, they are enough to ruin anyone, but put together, it's too much.
Is her injury going to end her career? I'm starting to worry. She can still be a force (she proved it last year in the California summer tournaments), but it's very discouraging to see her always injured. How serious is her injury? Anna should be right now at least in the top10 and with 5 titles including a slam.
You don't have to worry about the injury. If her career was to end, it would have absolutely nothing to do with her injury. She is more likely to quit with a frustration of not winning any singles title on the tour and with the conclusion that she is not that good a tennis player afterall. Ofcourse, her paid and unpaid spin doctors will spin it so that everyone will believe it that she quit b/c of some suspect injury (just like Martina). But, I am pretty sure a title winning Anna would play through injuries no matter what.
Edit: I didn't read the article before I posted the above.
Anna Kournikova's tennis career may be in jeopardy after her agent revealed Tuesday a long-standing back injury may force her out of the game.
Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap. - William Bennett