Re: Worst blown opportunity at RG for Hingis?
Yes she was close in 99 but in her rise to the top Hingis didn't have to conquer Graf in order to win her Slams or be number 1 as Graf was badly injured and out of the game so therefore when Steffi did return to the game and get her game back together she was the type of player Hingis had enormous trouble with. Mentally she was incredibly strong and not afraid of Hingis (this is huge), she had virtually no weakness in her game and if she did she covered it up with her movement - again another aspect that Hingis wasn't used to - someone who could blaze across the court and turn defense in offense very very quickly plus that forehand which had consistency, power and accuracy (hands down for me the greatest single shot the womens game has ever seen).
Hingis was quite lazy in terms of her work ethic whereas Graf was an absolute trojan workhorse on the practice court and this has got to have occurred to both Graf and Gunthard in 99 - that if the match went a long distance that Graf would have a massive advantage and so it came to pass as Hingis wilted so badly from around 5-5 in the second set. All you have to do is look at that 5-4 game where Hingis served for the match. Graf gave her nothing, she worked every point especially that point at 15-15 and that game for me summed up Steffi and what she was made of.
I feel that really 97 was the biggest blown opportunity for Hingis as she was a better player than Majoli had all the momentum going into the match and I still don't understand how she came out and was so flat.
RIP Elena Baltacha, thank you for dedicating your life to a sport we all love. You'll be missed but never forgotten.
Last edited by mauresmofan; Oct 8th, 2012 at 10:56 AM.