Does Chanda need glasses?
This thought occured to me as I was thinking about some of her results over the years. Chanda has traditionally struggled under artificial lighting, whether indoors or out. Some tennis pundits like to dismiss her as "inconsistent", but think about it for a moment. Every indoor facility has a different lighting structure. They have different backgrounds and ceilings. So picking up the ball visually, whether coming off your opponent's racquet, or on your own service toss, is different at every venue. Now consider:
Chanda has historically done poorly at Filderstadt. And at Zurich. And at the year-end championships, which she has only played in these massive multi-purpose indoor arenas sized for basketball.
She has traditionally done well at Linz, which has a skylight that allows naturaly lighting and gives a "sky" background.
Chanda has traditionally done poorly in night matches. She has usually performed below her norm, and below expectations, when playing at night.
All of this is too consistent to be merely the result of someone being erratic. If that were the case, she wouldn't regularly do well at some venues, and regularly do poorly at some others. She would be hit-and-miss everywhere.
All of this suggests she has some problems tracking the ball under certain artificial lighting. Martina Navratilova was only a bit older when she realized she needed glasses. (She was having trouble with the lights indoors. And, of course, when Martina voiced her problems, she was immediately accused of making excuses.)
Just this summer, when Lindsay was in her second tournament back, Chanda played her. And lost. At night. A week later, with Lindsay having another week under her belt, and playing a little better, they met again. This time, in the afternoon, Chanda won, in a much closer match. Chanda lost only 3 sets all week. To Serena (a great player), Lindsay (a great player), and Marissa Irvin. Marissa's a good player, but Chanda should have beaten her in straight sets. However, they played at night.
There are other factors, obviously. But for one player to consistently have problems at certain venues and under certain conditions against a variety of players, gives a pretty good suggestion that something may be wrong on her end. Does Chanda have problems in lower lighting? Does she need glasses/contacts? (No surgery. Many who have had it, including Mary, suffered problems afterwards after a brief period of good vision.)
Are there any other players that are in a similar situation? IE they can win on a surface in one venue, but not in another? They do consistently better/worse against the same players under certain different circumstances? Thoughts? Speculations? Incoherent ramblings?