I dont know if she is the toughest. Never been in the top 140. Vera has to focus and play well
She was a good junior indeed. Got to world #4. But she is only 21 and is not like she has been all these years in the circuit. She spent 2 years (2015-2017) in the US playing college tennis and studying. Exactly one year ago she was playing qualies (and losing) at ITF Brescia. 51 weeks later she is in a GS main draw. She is improving fast. And sure she loves clay her coach being Lourdes Domínguez Lino h:Probably you are right. I believe she was a goos junior, but has been on the tour for a while. But as Spanish she must love clay. We'll see, she needs to on top of it for sure
How becoming a parent can change people . Not saying it is just the case for Vera, but she is now one of the veterans on tour and she might just know, she is not likely to win the big events anymore and just want to go out there and enjoy in what she is good at. And becoming a parent helps in realizing what is really important in this world. I would not be surprised Vera is at that stage. It does not mean she does not want to win matches and tournaments, or perform at her utmost, I am sure she does, but I think she is more settled now.I am impressed that Vera enjoys playing so much that she wants to play singles and doubles all year as a mom.
When she was younger she rarely looked happy playing. I remeber the Pennetta match where she was banging her legs with her racket. The Stosur match in Charleston. When Vesnina was in the changeover in the Wimbledon final, she was giving Vera tissues because was crying hard, during the final, because she had lost to Serena that day
I think Lena retired at the right time, her game was a shadow of itself for me in 2010, and that's as someone who followed her since AO in 2004. Vera is unlikely to get back to where she was, but what she has accomplished so far in her comeback is still pretty impressive. She never had a huge game or "kill shot" (even though her backhand is still a wonderful stroke), so being 34 and playing tactical tennis was always going to be a challenge. I think top 50 is a reasonable target to aim for, but as someone who experienced the very top level of the game, maybe that won't be enough to keep her passionate. She seems to love playing doubles and is having decent success, and part of me has a feeling she'll end her singles career at the end of the year and play doubles part time.When adversity hits thats when you see what is inside of a person and Vera loves tennis.
I remember when Dementieva retired. She was healthy and at the YEC. She just walked away.
Vera gave a speech that night about Lena
That was 2010 now its almost a decade later and Verais still playing singles and doubles
Vera played the premier in Moscow in 2000! 19 years ago! Beat Bovina and lost to Kournikova, who made the final and lost to Hingis