Hingis...and the future?!?
I know it's only one loss....and it's killed me just sitting here watching the scoreboard for the past 2 and a half hours....
But Martina Hingis is a disappointment. So many games I watched the scoreboard tick over.....Hingis leads 40-0, 40-15, 30-0.....break points galore, game points galore....she almost NEVER converted unless Venus took it to deuce and she fought to win from there.
I have never seen a player drop so many of these crucial points....a top player i mean.....a player of Hingis' ability. The confidence to win against Venus simply isn't there. Hingis doesn't believe she can do it anymore.
I think she believes she can beat Sharapova, Davenport, other players....but Venus and Serena Williams will ALWAYS have Hingis's number unless she fights past that mental barrier.
I am Hingis's greatest fan....and I do believe her serve needs improvement. But she led 64 30 and 64 54 30-0 today. It should have been over in straight sets - even if she wasnt playing her best. This was on clay and is Venus's 3rd match of the year...
I'm all for praising Venus - I think she did tremendously well.....but Im also quick to admit that if Venus had played another top player today, the match would have been over after they'd reached 64 30 or 64 54.
I honestly dont know what to think about Hingis' future....either she turns up to play and forgets the past, or she'll continue to lose these big matches.....no chance of another grand slam.
Martina HINGIS [Australian Open 97/98/99, Wimbledon 97, US Open 97]
Kim CLIJSTERS [US Open 05/09/10, Australian Open 11]
Ana IVANOVIC [French Open 08]