The WTA and work ethic, or lack thereof.
I was reading through one of the threads in General Messages about Martina Hingis, and I thought about how much she could have done if she'd put in the extra work. Apparently she's said that her coach/mother always wanted her to work harder on her serve in particular to make it into more of a weapon, but she never wanted to put in that extra effort to make the improvements, and change her game as the game changes.
Fast forward to today. We have the likes of Bartoli, Kanepi and Kleybanova, all fairly overweight in terms of elite tennis players, all well inside the TOP 30. Sure, they all have weapons to make up for their lack of fitness, but you'd have to think they would be doing so much better if they were fitter. Even Davenport, and Seles (post stabbing) had woeful movement and fitness. Seles I can understand, and even Davenport after having her baby, but you'd have to agree that their careers would have been better if they'd improved their fitness. Even Lisa Raymond nowadays, it just boggles my mind how PROFESSIONAL tennis players allow their body to get like this, when in essence their body is their career.
No way am I saying these women are lazy, they work much more than I do. There are exceptions, Dementieva, Venus, Stosur. Women who care about fitness, and work hard to maintain it. But as a whole, when compared to the ATP where almost all of the men are of optimum fitness, it just doesn't seem like the women are enough to keep fit.
So, is there a lack of work ethic on the WTA Tour?
P.S. Sorry to add YET ANOTHER ATP-WTA comparison, but it serves as a benchmark. There's nothing else to compare the WTA to, so I don't see the problem.