in her press confrence after her win over bartoli she said this;
"Agnes is a very tough opponent. She's has a very good backhand. It won't be easy but I'll try to do my best."
unlike lena d today, shes just so aware of who shes playing and their strengths and weaknesses. i felt lena d hit 95% of her backhands to szavays backhand as thats the shot she likes to play, only trouble is szavay gets a better angle on her backhand and hits the DTL backhand so well. im not saying annas going to win the match tommorrow but she will try and play it right, hitting to szavays forehand more and moving her wide on the forehand, which she dosen't move as well to.
so many players these days are totaly oblivous to what the person on the other side of the net is doing. its amazing how many matches can be won by reading the play, its an art that alot of the girls have not got in todays game.
And the irony to all of this is people pinpoint the growth of this type of tennis to Monica Seles. What they forget is that Monica only unloaded at select moments, either when the chips were down and she had nothing to lose, or when she needed to force a decision.
Seles, barring Hingis and Sanchez-Vicario, was probably the most tactically astute world class player since Chris Evert. The way she dissected Graf's game, even though she was facing a superior and more powerful athlete, was genius. If people watch many of Seles' matches, most of her shots were actually positional. She was no Maria Sharapova or Serena Williams, who pound each shot, whilst simultaneously giving their bones the same kind of treatment.
The antecedent to the egocentric type of play we witness is probably Venus and Serena. Arguably Mary Pierce, but she was never consistent enough from 1994-1997 to make much of an impact on the styles of the other women. Venus and Serena, on the other hand, really invented all-out, largely thoughtless power tennis (I remember Pete Sampras saying that Venus' toss was indicative of a player not knowing where she was going to serve the ball!).
Hingis forced other players to really hit blitz the court with crushing power, because otherwise they invariably lost to her. Against Hingis, players couldn't give her the time to construct her points, nor themselves the space to become tentative about their aggression.
So, blame Hingis. Although, on this occasion, she deserves credit for forcing opponents to produce largely unplayable tennis.