I think you can't discount the style of play. That change pace-height-depth-spin-velocity all court game require considerable athleticism, a wide variety of shots, enough pace to hit outright winners, real good conditioning and good volleys. It messes up every power player who faces it, which is why Chanda and Amelie have been the other two players actually winning since the French or so.
THe key is, getting to the net to PLAY FROM THERE, not to end the point.
But every player will NOT adapt to this. Who's REALLY going to try and play Venus or Serena this way?
01 Serena - Will definitiely try adapt to it. But when Serena wins most points so early, she just won't have much match opportunity to practice. I think it'll be years, if ever, before Serena plays at the end consistently.
02 Venus - Once a baseliner, always a baseliner. Has the weapons to overcome the best all courters. But Chanda and Amelie both took sets. None of the baseliners did.
03 Jenni C- Forget it. Has no net instincts at all, and no desire to gain any. Add in what Amelie's done to her to how she played Venus in the semis, and right now, maybe Ameleie's is the 'real' #3.
04 Jelena Dokic - No chance. A born and bred in the bone baseliner.
05 Monica Seles- Too much movement in that game for Monica, but she does volley adequately, and she move foward quickly. But with wo hands and both sides, its just not practical.
06 Kim Clijsters - Yeah. She likes to play that way. Needs a little better jsdgement. She gets caught half-volleying more than most players who move in to play.
07 Justine Henin - No. Justine has great skill all over the court. But if she goes to net to rally, she's going to be passed. As fast as she is, she's just too short to defend the entire net for three or four shots consistently. She moves in to END points, much like Venus does.
08 Martina Hingis- Lacks the shot for the outright winner. HATES being passed. SHe has the shots. Not the mentality. Mom has the mentality. Stay tuned.
10 Lindsay Davenport- The only player in the top fifteen I'd tell to stick to raw power. She can make a match of it just on her groundies. No one else.
10 Amelie Mauresmo
11 Daniela Hantuchova - Has the requisite variety of shots. But goes to the baseline when she losing and stays there. Amelie at OZ 99 was heavy muscled baseline power player. The all court game we see today was nowhere to be found. So Dani has time to learn, if she wants to.
12 Chanda Rubin
13 Silvia Farina-Elia - Old dog. New Tricks. Can't teach.
14 Anastasis Myskina - No kill shot
15 Elena Dementieva - Has shown zero motivation to improve or change the past two years. If she wanted to be better, she'd BE better.
16 Magdalena Maleeva - I don't think the knees are going to hold up.
17 Patty Schnyder
19 Anna Smashnova - No
20 Ai Sugiyama - No
21 Anne Kremer - No
22 Tatiana Panova - No
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