In another thread, the fact that Anna's biggest weakness is her mental strength is being discussed in great detail. My question is this: What has changed with her since her days of being the number one junior in the world, a Wimbledon semi-finalist, and the youngest player ever to beat four top ten players in a row (at the Lipton in 1998)? Obviously, Anna is not the same player mentally that she was 4 or 5 years ago. She was almost unbeatable as a junior at one time, and went into her professional career absolutely fearless. She was arguably a better player then than she is now. Many people have pointed out that she was never the same after injuring her thumb in 1998 against Steffi at Eastbourne. Looking at her results since then, it is hard to disagree with that assessment. I just don't understand why this would be. Is it really possible that a minor thumb injury (it only kept her out for about a month) could have completely halted the wonderful progress she was making? It seems almost unbelievable, yet there is not mistaking that everything was different after that. I am wondering what all of your ideas are as to why this relatively small injury that took place almost four years ago seemed to have such an effect on Anna mentally.