Originally Posted by *JR*
drowned out much of the interest in the ability to play of Jen, Chanda, and Monica? (Please discuss).
No one really believes Seles is returning to the tour for anything more than a victory lap anymore, and that's just not that interesting.
Rubin wasn't ever a big enough star.
Capriati has made a deliberate choice to fly under the radar. She's not someone to whom the media has always been kind.
Hingis is still young enough that if she can solve the puzzle, she can still be a top player.
What's interesting is that when Hingis retired, many people said no player her size would ever thrive in the WTA again. But now there are three players smaller than her in the top fifteen, including the reigning RG champ. Who also has been #1 since Hingis retired. So the whole 'Martina vs the Amazons' storyline has kind of fizzled.
I also wonder if this will affect her place in tennis history. I think history as already assessed Venus Williams as the better of the two players, just because Venus began winning slams when they were 20, and Hingis stopped. The H2H swung to Venus at that point as well.
If Hingis returns and can't make the top ten, when players even smaller than her, like Henin-Hardenne and Schnyder can, it's starts seeming more the case that hingis' game simply matured early, rather than being transcendent.