Normally I'm leery of any arguement that says that all the WIlliams sisters do is overpower their opponents.
However, the analysis says what it says.
Suppose success on the tour just comes down to 'runs fast, hits hard'? How the rankings look? Well, the players who could really
cover court, and really hit hard, would rise to the top. It's all about genetics, training being equal.
Then would come the players who hit hard, but on't run that fast.
Then some fast players who can't hit with the 'Big Babes'.
Look at the rankings for the top twelve now.
01 Runs Fast, Hit Hard
02 Runs Fast, Hit Hard
03 Runs Fast, Hit Hard
04 Runs Fast, Hit Hard
05 Hit Hard
06 Hit Hard
07 Hit Hard
08 Hit Hard
09 Hit Hard
10 Hit Hard
11 Runs Fast
12 Runs Fast
Okay so I rigged that.
But you gotta admit, the top four
have the best combination of
'run fast and hit hard'.
01 Serena Williams 7273.00
02 Venus Williams 4994.00
03 Kim Clijsters 3958.00
04 Justine Henin-Hardenne 3605.00
And the next six players are big
time bangers, but not among the
very fastest. (I'm not going to
point out who's dragging down
the group average speed.)
05 Jennifer Capriati 2902.00
06 Daniela Hantuchova 2897.00
07 Lindsay Davenport 2534.00
08 Amelie Mauresmo 2509.00
09 Jelena Dokic 2353.00
10 Monica Seles 2281.00
Then we go small.
11 Anastasia Myskina 2245.00
12 Chanda Rubin 2127.00
Now our current top four are highly skilled players, but maybe just maybe, they occupy their spots in the rankings due to choosing their parents and their birthdays wisely.
Are they really so much more skilled than players #5-#10.
Seems to me when push comes to shove, Speed and Power Rule
And if you haven't got both, you don't rule.