What is obvious is that Hingis' style of play is much missed. Women's tennis has largely slipped into a kind of mindless bashing of the ball. Just stand on the baseline and hit it as hard as you can, going for the winner as early in the point as you can. If it stays in, fine, if it goes out, fine, too.
Sloppy, error filled matches have become common place. So have poor performances in big matches. Aside from this year's Wimbledon final, there have been few thrillers.
And as for star power, there are Venus and Serena, who both seem more interested in their second jobs than in tennis, and Sharapova. Maria certainly is a super star now, but she obviously cannot carry the load for the entire sport. She's a cool beauty, but still just a kid in some ways.
Hingis brings personality back to the game. It is sorely needed, for women's tennis, plauged by all these injuries and pull outs from tournaments, was clearly in the doldrums. All of the attention has been drifting to the men, because they have Federer and Nadal.