Martina Hingis had the ability to become the best clay courter of all time?
We're comparing her to Christine Marie Evert then.
The Evert with the best record on clay of any player for any single surface with a 125-match win streak set from August 1973-May 1979. (Five and a half YEARS.)
7 French Opens
5 Italian Opens
4 U.S. Clay Courts
6 Hilton Heads
Of course, one does not know what Hingis would have been with the training techniques from the 70's, or what Evert would have been with the training techniques of the 90's. However...
Certainly in relative terms, Evert was a much better athlete. Evert was almost as fast as Navratilova.
Accuracy. Evert takes this one too. Evert could hit a hundred straight balls into the same one foot square corner of the court. She was a ball-striking machine. A baseliner in the days of serve-and-volley, she passed all but the very best net players at will.
Variety of shots. Hingis. Evert didn't rely so much on vareity as accuracy. She didn't miss. You did. You gave her a short ball, she always hit the angled winner.
No, I think Hingis did not have the ability to become the best clay courter of all time. I think it will be a very long time before anyone comes within hailing frequencies of Chris Evert on clay.
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Last edited by Volcana; Jul 11th, 2005 at 06:04 AM.