Originally Posted by tennisIlove09
I think Hingis would win. No disrespect for Justine, she's a wonderful player...but Hingis in her prime was amazing to watch. (and despite what some think, she did have a good serve. As she lost confidence, her serve got worse)
Good point. Most people only remember the latter bit of Hingis' career. They remember her worst serves, Hingis had a descent serve and it was only when compared to a serve like Serena's that it looked pretty ordinary and that was in the 2001/2 when serena had perfected hers.
She had some power, spin and placement on her serve and thats how she won about 40 titles. The serve was probably the weakest part of her game but that doesn't mean it was a bad serve.
As to who would win, it is all academic. It is one thing to have game but it is another to be able to execute it, depends on what your opponent allows you to do. Quite frankly we will never know simply because in tennis if A beats B and B beats C, it doesn't follow that A will beat C automatically.
Hingis at her best could handle just about anyone.
Question is, what does Justine have to offer that Hingis hasn't seen. If it is finesse, she was a master at it, if it is power, at her best she could deal with it. Maybe if they played ten times they might just tie or have 6/4 H2H in either one's favour.
Hingis was said to be a great clay courter but she never won the FO, Justine did. At the USO, give hingis the edge.