Originally Posted by vogus
Tennis fitness is not really about total match length. It is about total number of balls struck and total distance run during the match. Davenport avoids having her fitness tested by playing short points.
Any opponent who can force Davenport to play long points can break down her fitness and expose it for the huge weakness in her game that it is.
That's still not accurate.
You think Dementieva has tennis fitness because she can rarely win a match in 2 sets?
She hits tons of balls and runs around for 3 sets but she does it mostly against players who she probably should beat in two sets.
If anything it shows a lack of mental toughness on her part and not tennis fitness.
It's correct that Lindsay isn't a quick player.
There's nothing she can do about it. She's lost basically a whole person compared to now and 13 years ago. She still doesn't move great.
She's a fit player though.
She still moves a lot in her matches.
She moves a lot forward instead of side-to-side.
She finishes off points quick but a plyer shouldn't be penalized for being an offensive player when it comes to tennis fitness.
That's her game and that's what she's comfortable with.
She's been a top 10 player longer than anyone on tour.