no one has the consistency/tactical savvy of Hingis, and even the power hitters can be outhit by other power players.
I won't disagree that Hingis had great feel for the ball and almost a third eye watching her opponent. Her success was largely based on those skills.
But it's this supposed 'tactical savvy' that is the biggest urban myth, which lingers on in women's tennis, like so many others have done. Ever heard that we all thought the world was flat before Columbus discovered the American continent? Well, I only recently found out that most people suspected the world was spherical in ancient Rome. Columbus' discovery was no revelation in that sense.
My point? Myths get passed down the generations, and people just accept them without testing them.
How is it that Hingis had great tactical ability, savvy, nouse, intelligence, call it was what you will, yet she did not recognise the urgent need to re-vamp her game as early as 1998, and certainly by 2001.
Do you not see the inherent contradiction?
When Hingis' second serve was murdered; when her floating forehands (which, incidentally, as a 15 year old she was hitting from corner to corner, something she never did thereafter*) were clobbered down the lines; when her first serve was merely an instrument to gain her an all-too-slight advantage at the beginning of a rally; when her volleys, soft though her hands were, were not put away with the conviction they needed - where was Hingis' recognition that she had a problem? Where was the tactical nouse? Where was the perspicacity of a great tactician?
In all her years on the tour, Hingis never fully addressed those problems, despite possessing the talent to do so. It is true that there was only so much that she could do due to her physique, but when she came close to getting there in 2001, she baulked and lost interest thereafter.
People seem to overlook the fact that on those embarrassing occasions when Hingis was comprehensively out-hit, she had lost the tactical battle.
(See some these rallies towards the end of this clip...Hingis hits her forehand deep into Graf's forehand corner, something she never used to do from all the years I saw her.)