Re: Martina Hingis, overrated?
You know it's funny, but I actually think Hingis had some of the best sportsmanship in the game. Her demeanor on court was almost always playful -- she was constantly smiling and applauding her opponent's shots. She always gave friendly embraces at the net, win or lose, and never made bitter comments after a loss. And certainly she never stooped to cheating or coaching like certain multiple-Slam champs of her era. She was also widely considered the first #1 who was friendly with her peers in the locker-room -- her endless variety of doubles partners attests to this as well. When Hingis was frustrated, she never smashed her racket -- at worse she's throw it in the air and then catch it, or bounce it off the court and catch it; rather innocent and even stylish.
The only thing Hingis ever really did wrong, on-court, was have the audacity to question the intelligence of a highly-paid umpire who made one of the worst calls in tennis history, in a Slam final no less. How dare you, Martina! Lmao.
But in all seriousness, the only real knock on Hingis' sportsmanship is all of those off-court quotes she made when she was a teenager. Some of them were perhaps lost in translation, others were likely said as a joke and not meant to be taken seriously, while others were undeniably things said through the eyes of a brash and cocky kid. So while perhaps her behavior off-court was questionable, her behavior on-court was usually faultless. It is certainly much more enjoyable, as a spectator, to watch a match where a player is smiling and laughing and enjoying the sport, than it is to watch other players that I won't name who seem constantly miserable, calculated, introverted, and even co-dependent on their coach.
"It’s always been, ‘I wonder what she’s got, Sharapova?’, because I don’t see that she’s got something that special… Or do you know? Can you tell? What’s so exceptional about her?”
-- Legend, shortly before crushing Vulturepova