A surprsing comment from Stevenson
This is from a story that appeared in the Herald Press in Connecticut on Sunday in advance of the New Haven tournament. The author of the story is Scott Caiccola.
"The WTA Tour is brimming with players who possess booming serves and blistering groundstrokes, a style of baseline play rooted in improved fitness and ever-evolving racket technology. But in the end, this power game may have arrived at the expense of net play and strategy.
"Martina Hingis was probably the last person who played with her brain," said Alexandra Stevenson, the 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist. "I mean, she really played tennis like a chess match. I’m not saying everybody’s stupid, but she used her brain on the court."
Stevenson hit some balls with Hingis in Germany last October and marveled at Hingis’ ability to place the ball, with startling precision, wherever she wanted. "We were having 50-ball rallies," Stevenson said, "and she was probably the best practice I’ve ever had."
It turned out to be Hingis’ last practice. Plagued by chronic foot problems, she hasn’t played a match since and her career appears finished. Her departure may represent the end of an era."
I find these to be interesting quotes from Stevenson, a player who in the past was quoted by other publications, especially ESPN the Magazine, as having said some pretty nasty things about Hingis.
Maybe she actually got to know Martina and found she wasn't such a bad person afterall? Someone who saw that practice said they got along great!