Originally Posted by morbidangle
Hingis at her best Vs Seles at her best
On clay Seles wins in straight sets.
On grass Hingis wins in straight sets.
Indoors, I think Seles wins in three .
Hard courts, Seles in three.
And I am totally unbiased! not a fan of either player.. but in my opinion Monica at her best is better than Hingis at her best.
Maybe we should ask someone like hingis_seles, who likes both players!
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This is a really tough question for me. Both are HUGE favourites of mine. I'll try and be as unbiased as possible.
After a lot of deliberation on the subject, I would have to say that Monica Seles at her absolute best versus Martina Hingis at the peak of her powers would see a Seles victory. Seles at her best, in my opinion, has too much for Martina to handle. Monica at her best is mentally unbreakable, is Steffi Graf's forehand off both sides minus the wild errors, has a deceptive lefty serve (see 3rd set of Australian Open '93 final for details) and mind-boggling angles and the one thing that bothered Martina: Pace. Remember, Monica introduced power tennis.
Proof that people have short-term memories: Martina Hingis was a genius in 1997. You will hear people whine about how every female tennis player was injured/burnt out/recuperating/fat/slow/too young/too old while Martina dominated. Truth is, at her best, Martina Hingis is a genius. Yes, she cracked mentally during her biggest test. At her best, Martina was audacious, confident....bordering on cockiness and arrogance. It was brilliant. She would hit a drop shot from behind the baseline and then have this smirk on her face. She was exceptional and she knew it. The key to her game was confidence. She was an excellent mover and anticipated just as well as anybody else. She came up with shots most mortals don't even dream of making. She was a genius at exploiting Seles' lack of movement in their head-to-head. And that's where the key lies. Seles, was a much better mover before the stabbing. She had to cover up for the weakness in her game (limited reach) and one of the ways she did was good movement. She was no Graf or Sanchez-Vicario but she more than held her own.
Let me break it down:
Mental Toughness: Seles
However, I think it would definitely go to three sets. Hingis at her best, is so creative, that if Seles came out firing and overpowering her, she would change it up, mix it up, do something. She wouldn't allow
Seles to blow her off the court. Seles was very good when playing retrievers such as Aranxta. However, Martina wasn't a retriever and with all due respect to Aranxta, was a different class altogether.
In the end, no one really knows who'd win. If my life depended on it, I'd say Seles in three on any surface except grass. I'd pick Hingis in three on grass.