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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 2003, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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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."
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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!
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if this is all true, kudos to Alex... and still missing Martina

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Good to know that people CAN indeed grow up and change (I hope for good)... And yes, I miss Martina too.
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'"We were having 50-ball rallies," Stevenson said'

Then how come Alexandra can't sustain more than a 4 shot rally in a match?
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Yeah, I remember that one.
but she was talking for herself
she's the only brainless powerplayer afterall.

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ok. why the fuck is it that all the players i really cant stand are turning out to be nice?i need someone to hate!oh yeah....daniela, dokic, capriati...but i'm actually beginning to like jen.and i hope the D's start improving.

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I think this has to close out any discussion about Juju being as good as Hingis. Hingis actually could beat the sisters on any surface.
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Danke:

Interesting comment. Although we don't know the future and I really and truly doubt that it will ever happen, Martina Hingis would probably make one of the greatest tennis coaches in history.

Unfortunately for tennis, she has said she has little or no interest in coaching.
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Yeah, I remember that one.
but she was talking for herself
she's the only brainless powerplayer afterall.
Exactly what I thought when I read the piece. After all this time, it wont be bad, if she starts winning matches or tournaments, instead of whinning all the time!
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I think this has to close out any discussion about Juju being as good as Hingis. Hingis actually could beat the sisters on any surface.
Oh. So, Alexandra Stevenson says something, and it is the truth?

Alexandra can better ask Justine for some advices on how to reach the top rankings without playing powertennis!
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well, i think its a little easier for Stevenson to be complimentary of hingis since hingis is out of the game...

but I'm not surprised at the content of her remarks, when hingis was on.. UEs were FEW and far between. that is why watching her at the us open last year (was it last year?) was so painful to see her spraying balls...
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and i miss Martina more than anybody injuries are a bitch
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ALEX Dang she is smart after all
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