I think everyone is entitled to their opinions and should back them up with facts and reasoning, while conceding the other person's point of view might right and one might be wrong. I mean, we can just share our thoughts and just try to "convince" others of how right they are, but no one owns the truth.
That said, I'll add my tiny bit. I agree that general level of the Tour is higher, physically and in terms of power, but the evolution has not been upwards in terms of shot making ability, simply because racket technology makes it easier to win using power than by shotmaking and working points to win them. You have to be very talented to do that, so there comparatively are many more power players than before. But I don't think the top echelon has "evolved" that much, especially on clay, compared to some past eras, especially the late 80s and 90s, when people started using power and were by no means just puff play. Wozniacki or Zvonareva, for instance, though good players, are not in the level of several Nº1s or even top 5 players from the past, such as Seles for instance. I don't mean they could never win a match against them, but they would be on the losing side 9 times out of 10 generally speaking.
But I kept thinking about the logic of Schiavone or Zvonareva and their power and ability compared to ASV's and Sabatini's. I know they hit harder today, and if you see Arantxa and Gabriela play back then you see the ball is slower and less powerful. but you must consider that rackets were different, and if someone watchs them on Youtube for instance, must remember how VHS recordings look slower after a long time. Anyway, I REALLY can`t see why they shouldn't be able to generate much more power provided they use the same today's rackets. Why someone as talented as Sabatini (I think no one could deny she is one of the most talented, in sheer ability, players ever) could not adapt and hit more powerful shots and even heavier top spins (á la Nadal) nowadays? And she and ASV used to challenge and sometimes beat power players like Graf or Seles, Davenport, Capriati, Pierce,etc., who played really well in just recent years: if they could adapt to power era and play that well, why on Earth Sabatini or ASV could not? You watch Gabriela out manoeuver and out play Mary, Jennifer and Lindsay; why couldn't she do that in 2010 the same way as she did in 1992-1994, using the same technology and fitness regimes? Especially on clay, where the Spaniard and the Argentine were so resourceful. I also want to mention something that adds up to my point: Kimiko Date, who was a good player in the 90s but never considered a contender for the big titles, was able to beat Sharapova, Li, Safina, Stosur, Hantuchova, Petrova and taking Venus, Ivanovic, Dementieva, Kuznetsova, Azarenka to 3 sets aged 40 or over! So, if she could compete more than decently and so much older than her rivals, why on Earth Sabatini and ASV could not be top ten material and big titles contenders in the current generation, if they were in their twenties? That’s my logic on this.
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Last edited by gabybackhand; Jan 18th, 2014 at 03:54 AM.