I've been thinking about how the look of the top ten has changed since Kim has been out: the Williams sisters not dominating, Sharapova and Myskina winning their first slams, a resurgence from Lindsay Davenport, good run of form from Mauresmo, etc, and this has got me wondering not so much about Kim's immediate post injury form, but whether we have yet seen the "best" that Kim's game has to offer.
Other than for the odd blip or two, Kim has been in terrific form and amazingly consistent almost from the autumn of 2002. Do you think that we have seen the "best" that Kim's game has to offer, or do you think that there is still more room for improvement?
If we have already seen "the best" and she hasnt won a slam yet, do you think that means she cant possibly win one now?
Or, is her game comfortably good enough to slug it out and its only the mental side that still has to mature that little bit more to achieve that elusive slam victory?
Hope no-one thinks I'm being negative or critical here (although I believe we should be able to criticise where and when its jusitified).
My personal view is that Kim's game is way good enough to win and its just the mental side that still leaves that little bit to be desired. Having said that, if her net game was a little more confident, that would add an extra dimension, but I cant see Kim significantly changing the way she plays now.
What do you all think?
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