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BRAINSTORM IDEAS: How can Kim get back to top form?

Kim mentioned she's always admired Steffi Graf. I say she should spend some time at the Agassi-Graf residence hitting with Steffi every day. That should get her excited and pumped up for next year.

In her downtime she can play with the kids little Jaden Gil and Jaz.

Then, maybe hit a few with Andre and his coach Darren Cahill. And she knows Darren well since he was the one who steered Lleyton to #1. That could be the ultimate tennis holiday/warm-up to the Australian season for Kim!

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Stay fit, if she does that she will show the calabre of player she is, once she has match toughness and confidence I have no doubt she can beat all the players ahead of her and show that she deserves to be top 5.

Playing 6 events and completing only 3 of them without withdrawing and being number 22 is an incredible effort those around her have played over 20 events to get their ranking shows the 'quality' of Kim
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when will kim start training again! this season sulks!

i really look forward to a much better season next year!

everybody should be healthy so that the competition will be much more exciting once more!

and i believe kim will come back really stronger!

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I think Kim is in good shape, just not the wrist. In Hasselt, she didn't show that much rust IMO. If she doesn't get injured again she's sure to end the year in the top-5
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She needs to SERIOUSLY strengthen that left wrist before returning to top level competition. She may even need to revise that double handed backhand action to take the pressure of whatever bit of her wrist she is putting it on! (If you can do that?).

She'll also need to to lots of stamina work and not too many splits please Kim: we dont want another bloody ANKLE injury as well

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I just hope that 2005 will be the year for Kim, specifically, and the sophistication and toughness for WTA, generally. Tennis is kinda bored this year without Kim and the top player's injuries.
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If Kim is healthy she will be back in the top 10 in no time.
The big question is the wrist.
I hope she will consider all options, including switching to a onehanded backhand. Don't get me wrong, that twohander is awesome but if it's too bad for the wrist, she should drop it.
Kim has far from exhausted her potential. If she would go for serve and volley a bit more often, she'll give most of the players a hard time.
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She needs to SERIOUSLY strengthen that left wrist before returning to top level competition. She may even need to revise that double handed backhand action to take the pressure of whatever bit of her wrist she is putting it on! (If you can do that?).

She'll also need to to lots of stamina work and not too many splits please Kim: we dont want another bloody ANKLE injury as well
Those splits really frighten me. It looks cool on TV, but it's not cool if she gets injured from them. At the US Open 2003 Tracy Austin (commentator) said that instead of Kim doing splits, she could try adding an extra step to her footwork so she wouldn't have to slide. Sliding on clay is okay, but it's frightening to see on hardcourts and especially the Aus. Open surface Rebound Ace which is made of rubber (sticky) and notorious for causing injury.

Also Kim should not come back too soon. Justin Henin-Hardenne's coach complained at the US Open this year that the WTA kept pressuring her asking her when she'd come back not really caring how she was feeling physically. Kim needs to say "No!" if she's not completely healed.

Finally, she should pace herself and not play too much. Scheduling is crucial. I think in 2003 she played too many matches and was the first to surpass $4 million in prize money in a single season, but it's not worth it if the body keeps breaking down. Even Federer who has a thigh injury now said he's changing his schedule because he wants longevity in the game and pulled out of Davis Cup first round next year.
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I hope she will consider all options, including switching to a onehanded backhand. Don't get me wrong, that twohander is awesome but if it's too bad for the wrist, she should drop it.
Yes but you have to remember Kim's right shoulder problem you have to consider everything, she doesn't want to overload her right shoulder. Also to switch to a one hander at this stage of her career would not be very easy at all.
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