Re: Am I the only one that misses a good road runner?
I always had a soft spot for the Panova-Smashnova contingent of the tour, the women who had limited skills but were supremely fit and willing to stay out there all day. A mixture of Evert's determination to play as long as it takes to win the point with a far lesser skill set; the ball comes back into the court the same way, no spin or slice or significant pace, but the placement and consistency was something to be amazed by. Also, what makes a player like that able to succeed where you and I would fail is the remarkable anticipation. Panova always impressed me with her anticipation, she knew how EVERY opponent hit the ball and knew where to go on the court. You had to overpower her, which wasn't terribly hard to do, because she would get to the ball. You had to give her something she couldn't put back in the court. May not be the prettiest way to win a match, from her or from you, but it sure was gritty and took real determination.