I know from experience that the women’s professional game is the most physical it has ever been. The Williams’ sisters introduced supreme athleticism and power into the game in the late 90’s and the game has not taken a step back from that point.
Since then, many female professionals have retired quite abruptly and years later, joined the tour again. The most famous example is Martina Hingis, who retired at world number 1, at 22 years of age and years later make a short-lived return to the singles game and is now successfully competing on the doubles tour. Kim Clijsters was one of the most successful tennis players to return to the game after years of retirement, where she won two US Open titles and numerous WTA titles post retirement. Serena and Venus Willams have also endured months off the tour due to injury and illness, but have successfully bounced back and continued to dominate.
Last week, we witnessed the return of another professional, in Nicole Vaidisova. Nicole qualified into the main draw at Albierto Open in Monterrey, Mexico. This was her first professional main draw appearance in over 5 years!
Tennis is a wonderful sport. The journey is all about the individual and the desire you have to be out on court and to compete. Yes, the rankings are calculated on a 52-week rollover system, but that should never be at the forefront as to why you play the game. Always remember to focus on what YOU want to achieve and to not be afraid of stepping away from the game if YOU want to. Time is always on your side if you treat it well.