Monica vs Players-She-Can't-Overpower
I was looking at the thread on head-to-heads, and suddenly, something jumped up and bit me on the leg. Monica Seles had a VERY poor record against players she can't overpower.
Really? You say with appropriate skepticism. After all, first you have to FIND players she can't overpower, and indeed this is difficult. Three, however, come to mind. Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Lindsay Davenport. Monica's combined record vs the three?
That's right. Five wins, TWENTY-THREE losses.
Yet, if Monica has even a LITTLE power advantage, say as in Mary Pierce or Jennifer Capriati, the head-to-heads swing to Monica's favor. 9-5 vs Jenn, 5-4 over Mary Pierce.
Meaning? Who knows? Did Monica's success come about largely because she hit harder than everyone else? Her greatest success came during a period when she was the hardest hitter on the tour. That's not the same as her greatest success came BECAUSE she was the hardest hitter on the tour.
My conclusion? Not enough data. But it IS interesting to note.
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Last edited by Volcana; Nov 23rd, 2003 at 02:31 PM.