Ok ok.. I know many will go
, some Vee fans will say she's just coming back, and some Martina fans will say "How can you group them together? Hingis has been winning Tier 1s and making slam QF's"
BUT....this is a question worth considering. When we mention slam contenders, a lot of people are quick to say "Martina Hingis" or "Venus Williams" Why? Hingis hasn't won a slam in how many years? It's been 8 years!!! She hasn't been to a slam final in 5 years and hasn't been to a semi since that last final appearance.
For Venus, outside of her win in 2005, her performance has been dismal to say the least. 0 slam semi's appearances since her injury in '03. Her last Tier 1 win was in 2004.
It is really hard to say that neither will ever win a slam again. But, in an attempt to be objective, can anyone say they are real slam contenders like Henin, Serena, Mauresmo, Sharapova and others? Even Vaidisova has made 2 slam semi's...while these two vets are struggling in early rounds.
If you think they are real contenders.. why?? Hingis has the consistency but not the game, IMO, to beat top players back-to-back or even players ranked 10-20. Venus has the talent to beat anyone, but her consistency is so terrible that she could beat a top 10 player one day and lose to someone outside the top 100 the next. I just can't see Hingis or Venus realistically winning a slam anytime soon and they're getting old in tennis years, so time is running out.
(btw, i am a huge fan of both and nothing would please me more than to see HIngis and Vee add to their slam count. It just pains me as a fan to expect so much, and then get disappointed. I think it's just time to readjust the standards for these two.)
So what do you think?