Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, New York
Re: Peak Hingis vs Peak Radwanska
Hingis, not to take away her tennis abilities, was really lucky to be born so early. If you look whom she beat in these slams she won, you can say she was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Even the best opponent - Venus Williams - just played her first slam final and a few weeks earlier was crashing out of Wimbledon R1 to Magdalena Grzybowska of all people. Amelie Mauresmo was a player from nowhere. Conchita Martinez was a puff baller. I guess only wins over Mary Pierce and Jana Novotna (who was not a ballbasher anyway) are good wins.
She couldn't beat serious ball smackers like Davenport or Capriati in the slam finals.
She built fame and winning records on defeating the Testuds, Tauziats, Sanchez-Vicarios and Kournikovas of this world. Hingis legend is one of the things I never got, and I was already an avid tennis fan in her times.
Although, in her last events before she got caught on drugging, she lost twice to Patty Schnyder and once to Radwanska, so rather not physical players, tennis changed a lot since peak Hingis years. Serena, Sharapova, Azarenka, Kvitova, Lisicki, Petkovic, Na Li but also Stosur, to some extend Kerber are hard hitters, some of them are also great in defense (Vika, Kerber, lately Serena) matches against them are very physically draining. We don't know if Hingis had all of her slams (mind she got them quite early, before Davenport and Capriati started trashing her in the finals) if she had to start career nowadays.
Now back on topic, peak Aga has troubles even with non-peak Cetkovska who has the similar style of playing, so Hingis would be my fave here.