Re: Peak Navratilova against Peak Hingis
With other 'peak' threads, most agree that Serena/Venus/Maria/Lindsay etc. would beat Evert/Nav/etc. with modern racquet technology, but Evert/Nav/etc. would beat Serena/Venus/Maria/Lindsay etc. with wooden racquets.
What makes Hingis so interesting is that her style of play -- although extremely succesful with modern racquet technology -- would have thrived with wooden racquets. Her touch, her lobs, her consistency, her ability to half-volley and take the ball early, her movement... it all makes me think that not only would Hingis win these hypothetical matches now, but would also win if they were played decades ago
"It’s always been, ‘I wonder what she’s got, Sharapova?’, because I don’t see that she’s got something that special… Or do you know? Can you tell? What’s so exceptional about her?”
-- Legend, shortly before crushing Vulturepova