Originally Posted by Bradshaw#1
Watching her play against Cappy last night, she really reminds me of Hingis. She's an aggressive counterpuncher and an amazing defensive scrambler. She comes up with some amazing angles, especially the short angle with her crosscourt backhand. Her volleys are among the best out there. Her serve doesnt intimidate you too much, but its consistently in the 90s and she can place it anywhere. Plus she has that huge grin after a well played point. Anyone else agree with me?
BTW, I think Sugi could pull off #5 next year. She has a great game and is really fun to watch out there.
Its an insult to compare Hingis with Ai in that way "of replacement" as you say, especially when you are comparing a player who has 5 slams and reached lot of slam finals to a player that has not even reached a GS singles semifinal.
Ai`s been a complete player does not make her be the "replacement" of a player like Hingis`s (or was).
Ai has had a good year but remmember this year Serena, Venus, Seles, Davenport, (even Hingis`s abcense) have been injured and that has really favored SOME players to be overranked as they are now.
I just don`t see Ai get to number 5 in the world next year unless this injury festival continues.
Ai is a solid top 15 player for sure, and is always a threat, normally gives great battles to the top players, but she is not a top 5 player.