In honor of the new thread, I will re-post here what I wrote in the old thread
Hope Mirjana is home relaxing, resting and healing her body, counting the coins she earned in Australia, and planning her next move(s).
All I wanted from Mirjana before she retires was a strong GS performance and a new career-high ranking, so that *I* could exorcise within me the demons from her past. She did both last month, so I am now at peace with her career.
It would be great, of course, if she could win another title or reach another CHR (top 25?) but if she doesn't, it simply won't matter. From here on, it's all gravy, at least for this fan.
It really has been a fairytale story/conclusion for her ... and it is so rare that we see this in sport or life at all. So rare.
She could have quit the game so many times over the last 9 years --maybe bagged it like Vaidosova, who basically said "This isn't happening. Time to move on."
But MLB did have good reasons to keep believing in each of the years of her comeback, beginning in 2007, with a completely "out of nowhere" main draw win at Indian Wells.
Each year, some result or flicker of hope has occurred to keep her reasonably believing, even if the seasons themselves were perhaps disappointing in various ways.
And the last 3 years have been more than anyone could have expected from her.
This Oz result is HUGE. So huge.
She should be able to move that ranking even higher, especially at IW and Miami. Huge points to grab there, and she is flying high in her head and soul.
But she and her team absolutely MUST be targeting a Grand Slam title, now.
She has earned the right to target one, realistically.
Wimbledon will be the spot, in my opinion.
She absolutely MUST impose her big game on everyone and go for it.
I'm not certain she would physically be able to win the gruelling French or US.
But Wimby? I can absolutely see her winning it.
Even so, she never needs to take the court again, ever.