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View Poll Results: Who was the smartest tactician in professional tennis?
Martina Hingis 45 50.56%
Billie Jean King 1 1.12%
Chris Evert 9 10.11%
Martina Navratilova 5 5.62%
Kimiko Date 2 2.25%
Lindsay Davenport 0 0%
Anastasia Myskina 1 1.12%
Agnieszka Radwanska 14 15.73%
Other 12 13.48%
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post #1 of 94 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 2017, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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The best tactician

Who do you think had the best tactical abilities in the Open era?
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Hingis probably. And Radwanska, but they lacked power so they had to use angles and change of pace, spin
Myskina played smart at the 2004 FO, but i dont think of her as a tactician, she was a great mover who thrived on that slow red clay that major
Serena understands the mental game, maybe not tactics but knowing how to lock in mentally when she was close to losing, and that includes which serves to go for and what to look for returning serves

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Hesitating between Evert and Myskina... and thinking Sanchez and Pennetta should be on the list...
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Myskina as a "great tactician"???

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Martina Hingis and it isn't even close.

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serena.
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Bartoli. She won Wimbledon and then retired.
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Myskina's performance at RG 2004 was a great strategic performance, which is different to being a great tactician. She went into her second week matches and completely changed her usual game to adapt for the slower, muddier conditions. She was usually an aggressive flat hitter who thrived on fast, low-bouncing surfaces (her best success outside of that RG came on grass and indoors). At RG she slow-balled, retrieved and varied the pace and depth of her shots - which completely undid Venus and Capriati, who refused to adapt at all.

An excellent contrast is Radwanska at RG last year, who changed nothing about her game and whinged about the conditions afterwards. Radwanska is a great tactician, one of the game's best, in terms of countering her opponent's patterns and executing creative patterns of her own, but she's actually a terrible strategist who frequently goes into matches with a poor overall plan.

Peak Hingis was one of the best we've ever seen on both counts.
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Myskina as a "great tactician"???
I adored Myskina, but you can't really trust the OP to know anything about tennis.
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Myskina was easily one of the smartest players ever...
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I adored Myskina, but you can't really trust the OP to know anything about tennis.
now, why would you say that? envious of my tennis knowledge?
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Myskina as a "great tactician"???

yes, and as you can see many people agree
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