By Brodie McPhee
TORONTO, Canada – The WTA held All-Access Hour at the Rexall Centre on Monday with the Top 8 womenâ€™s seeds for Â Rogers Cup.
Kim Clijsters said that she is â€œexcitedâ€ to make her return to tennis at the Rogers Cup. She admitted that she â€œshouldn’t have playedâ€ the French Open, but said â€œI gave it a go and I don’t regret itâ€.
After withdrawing from the San Diego tournament, she said that she is now at 100 percent, noting â€œI’ve been playing tennis at a high level since I was 6 or 7 years oldâ€ and that the â€œbody will feel the side effectsâ€.
She hinted that along with feeling well, the end of her career may not be coming too soon. â€œMy last main goal is the Olympics, and then we’ll see from there. It’s too soon to predict anything after that.
A common point of discussion with the players was the eventual retirement of the Williams sisters. Those who were asked were adamant that it was a thought far from their minds. â€œI’m not thinking of them retiring because I love playing against themâ€, said Victoria Azarenka. Players also insisted that the gap at the top of the game is closing. â€œThe gap is not so big… [the] competition can make for a great tournament. The level is really, really highâ€ said Francesca Schiavone. Azarenka noted that young players continue to improve the level of the game. â€œSo many young players [are] taking the standard so highâ€.
Maria Sharapova emphasized her continuing work on her fitness and health. â€œA lot of rehab for my shoulder, I have bruised joints naturally.â€ She also noted that as a younger player she played a lot more matches than someone of a smiliar age today. â€œI played a lot more matches than someone right now [at 17]â€.
Brodie McPhee is the author of the tennis web site Mind the Racket. Heâ€™s in Toronto this week covering the Rogers Cup WTA edition for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on twitter at @GVTennisNews and his personal twitter @MindTheRacket.