Where did the game go wrong?
Before Gen Suck fans go on a rant about people blasting those players, I'm not saying we're in the worst era. But we are looking like we're heading for it?
Somewhere along the line the game had to be lost in translation. From the mid-nighties til 07/08 the amount of great players we've seen is second to no era. But if you look at the most prominent teens to burst on the scene we've Venus, Serena, Hingis and Maria.
Each new generation looks at the previous one when building their game and try to improve on it. If you look at Hingis, she was a crafty and instinctive counterpuncher. But it seems that her game was misinterpreted by the coaches and players of the current gen. Counterpunching is taking a hit and landing one back, NOT running around the ring playing 'tag' all day, which is what can be described of Caro and Aga. Granted Caro has a good backhand and Aga does have variety (but it is grossly overrated by this board). The only real counterpuncher is Vika who uses the pace of big blows opponents throw at her aginst them, ROS redirecting in rallies. Although she lacks the intuition Martina had.
Now with the Williams sisters and Masha, yeah they hit the ball hard and maybe when they first broke out it was just hitting it wherever as hard as they could. But now, with Serena and Masha anyway, their game is much more based on precision despite still hitting the ball hard. It seems that the coaches of this gen. interpreted their game as 'blast anywhere and you'll win' leading to the amount of BBB's and UE Queens we have today.
Fact is there are very few players who look like they could make the top 4, and fewer who look like they could stay there for any length of time. While in a few years Vika/Aga/Masha/Petra could be one of the most consistent top 4 the tour has had, what happens next. ATM it looks like nothing. Also, with WTA restrictions on young players (which are good - Tati, Masha's shoulder etc.) there'll be no teen starlet saving the day.
Do you think the state of the tour is a direct result of mistranslating the games of past players, or are we just headed for one big-ass LULL era? Discuss.