I'm sorry to hear that Jess might be thinking of quitting. To me, she's a girl with talent and has got the ability to make it as a pro. Maybe she felt that she just hadn't got the rewards to be expected with the amount of effort that she had put in over the years. I won't claim to be an expert on her; I just didn't watch that many of her matches. That said, I do remember the match that she played against Liv back at the '10 wildcard playoff, and she definitely made an impression on me there. Liv easily won the power stakes in that match. That put Jess on the defensive in a lot of those rallies, but she scrambled and fought to get back everything that she could. It was clear to see that she really wanted to win that match, and she showed a lot of heart out there. I couldn't say anything bad about her attitude off of that performance, and that's an all-important attribute for a pro. Technically there were some clear pros and cons, and this is where things got complicated. For starters, she had good velocity on her first serve, and I thought that could be a weapon for her. On the other hand, she played with a lot of spin, and that had a clear downside. Yes, her groundstrokes were consistent, but there was no real pace or depth on her shots. In rally after rally, Liv was just running her around until she was far enough behind in the point that Liv could finally put her away. The other thing that bothered me is that even though she had a scrambler's mentality out there, she just did not have the foot speed to be successful with that approach. Defensive players have
to be able to get a million balls back if they're depending on coaxing errors out of an opponent who is playing well; Jess did not look like a Wozniacki to me. Alright, so what's my verdict? Yes, I could definitely see her struggling to make it as a pro with the game that she showed that day, but I wouldn't describe it as hopeless. IMHO, Jess just needed a coach who could identify the weaknesses in her game and address them. Job #1 would be to get her some more power on her groundstrokes; she needed to be hitting through the ball more and flattening those strokes out. I think that that adjustment alone would have guaranteed her a successful future. Foot speed doesn't matter nearly as much if you're able to hurt people with your groundies, but I think even that weakness could've been remedied. Forget about people that talk about fast-twitch fibers all day long -- as if speed is something that you're either born with or without. If you're slow and you want to get faster, you've got to focus on developing your leg strength, and that means hitting the gym... hard
Anyhow, whatever will be, will be. I hope that she gives it another shot, but if this life isn't for her, I'm still wishing her all the best.