Originally Posted by griffin
Out of curiosity, do you have an alternate theory?
1) She made the top 20 when she was as slender as she's ever been. Well, in as good a shape as she's ever been. Alex has never been 'slender' in the past five years.
2) Going deep into one slam ISN'T necesarily a big deal. See Clarisa Fernandez. And much as I'd like to see it, I don't think Shinobu Asagoe is gonna light up the tour.
3) She really is all power. Alex, at least the last time I got to see her, hammers EVERYTHING she can get half a swing at. That's great if you brought your 'A' game. But when you're as overweight as Alex usually is, your 'A' game never lasts more than half a set.
4) The tour has done nothing but adjust to power tennis for the last four years. Ever since Serena won the US Open in 1999. There is NO power player who's unbeatable now. The good power players try to mix in some variety. The players with less power know how to foil power as best they can. It is true that Sharapova won WB basically with nothing but power.
But that was grass, a surface which maximizes velocity. And a surface with a GS, a Tier II, and a couple Tier III's a year. That appraoch won't work on clay or hardcourts or Rebound Ace or carpet.
Alexandre Stevenson is probably the LEAST diverse big hitter in the game. When last seen, she brought NOTHING else to the table. No conditioning, no footspeed, so spins and no tactics. The tour has had four years to learn how to defeat that.
5) Her mother isn't an idiot. She was a sportswriter. She knows there is more to sports than hitting hard. That doesn't mean Alex listens.
Par example, the coaches of Elena Dementieva and Venus Williams have told them to improve their second serves. Players don't always do what's needed.