Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
The last few days there has been a lot of 'Hingis overpowered by qualifier, by lower ranked players, by the line people etc'. The question is: Has 'overpowered' become a cliche to be used every time Martina loses?
I'd say overpowering is when you play clearly better, and still lose a match because the other one hits so much harder than you that your better placement, techinique and perhaps even your pace doesn't matter. I feel that is how Venus, Serena etc used to defeat Martina, but lately they have become just as good with placement, and with a lot more pace/power than Martina has. Venus and Serena of today would easily defeat Martina even if they had the same muscles, it's hardly a question of overpower any longer-
Actually, it feels like overpowering lately has been "playing baseline style and win".
Has Hingis been overpowered so far? No way. She's been outpaced and outplayed since her comeback, but she hasn't had any problems because her opponents have been *stronger* than her.
Has anyone got any thoughts on this?