Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Comeback time?

Some people (Jelena Jankovic, Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic, Vera Zvonareva, Amelie Mauresmo – shall I continue?) have no idea of how to take advantage of the proverbial gift horse.
Then there’s Kim Clijsters, who, taking a page out of Lindsay Davenport’s book, has decided that even with a kid on her hip, she could be in the women’s top 10 by the end of the year. If she puts the kid down, that’s top 5, easy.
Clijsters is having a press conference on Thursday to discuss her plans for 2009. Either she’s coming out of retirement or she feels the need to tell us she’s reserving a sitter every Wednesday for date night.
Having not seen her play lately, she still has a hella edge, as Serena Williams might say. She’d easily make the quarters of the French with the state of the women’s game, which is not a great thing. But the much-needed depth she could bring would be a huge breath of fresh air.
Although, as good as Clijsters was, most would add that she probably should have “finished” her career with more than one Slam. But now that Henin’s not around to choke against, maybe having a family will allow her to play with abandon.
More about this on Thursday. Meanwhile, let’s dish. How long before Kim Clijsters cracks the top 20?


van said...

Hey Naf, what's up? I think she can do OK and make a move pretty soon, but I am sooo unenthusiastic about this. I can't recall players complaining as much about being on tour as Davenport and Clijsters did in their playing days. I was happy to see them go by the end, even though I was fans of theirs early on.

If you hated the grind so much, why come back to it?

Naf said...

I don't want to be excited about it either, Van, but really, what is there to get jacked about on the women's side? I remember her complaining about the hectic schedule, which I'd buy. Besides, they say absence makes the heart go fonder.
Apparently, she's looking for a wild card for the U.S. Open. The plot thickens.

vw said...

Kim needs the money. Her husband is quitting basketball I just read. I don't think she can pull it off.

Naf said...

Ha ha, vw! (I know you might want to stay on the DL, but I am honored that Venus is a fan of my blog! :)) Another young retiree! Must be nice ...