Remember Nicole Vaidisova? Remember when she used to not be the disappointing result-less joke of a player that she is now? Yeah, I don't remember that either. Which is why it was nice to be reminded.
I'm pretty hard to Nikki V, I admit it. And a lot of it stems from the perception that she doesn't care about her drop in quality. Players would kill for a tenth of her firepower. But I liked the compare and contrast the Tennis.com article did with Nikki and JJ. The same could be said of Nikki and Ana, both 20 years old, both big hitters, both showing a lot of promise in the 2006 season. But ever since Ana beat Nikki in the Wimbly quarters in 2007, their careers have gone in opposite directions. The comforting thing to keep in mind is that they're both still young.
I'm not ready to write Nikki off yet. Let's' see what she does in 2009.