Worshipping the bangs
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: When and why did speed become less important?
Faster court services. Like my old soccer coach said, nobody is faster than the ball.
Some of the kids (Sloane, Keys, Dolonts) have decent speed, but with the balls moving so quickly off the faster surfaces, it's harder to run stuff down.
I'd argue that's even been a factor in Serena's continued success. She doesn't move anywhere near as well as she used to, but the fast surfaces make her big serve and return game even more effective (and as I have before, I give her full credit for improving both those aspects later in her career to take advantage of them and keep winning--real champions adapt).
I don't think today's women are necessarily poor athletes, they are simply developing a different set of athletic abilities. They are generally bigger and have stronger cores as opposed to being fleet of foot. That's a result of developing the tools they need to win in the modern game. Size, power and strength trump speed and endurance right now. Being bigger and stronger as the expense of speed and fitness does not make you less athletic, it makes you athletic in a different way.
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