Well, she has retired.
Seriously though, she was never a favourite of mine when she was playing, because she was such a smarty pants. But I thought that her style of play was pretty incredible. She had all the shots, and could play from the baseline and the net. In fact, I think she had the most incredible net skills since Zvereva.
Despite some of the unkind comments from Williams fans in GM, I in no way think that she was a transition number 1 between Steffi and the Williams. She was pretty dominant between 97-99, and even though she went slamless in 2000, I think she was pretty feared up to the end middle of 2001.
I feel that her demise was mainly due to her smugness in relation to her dominance over the rest of the tour. She had it all at a very young age. This meant that there was not the motivation to continually improve her game...to beef up that serve, to put more into that forehand. I also think that a lot of her decision to retire is that she has been used to being the best all her life, and can't settle for not being the best. She may also be enjoying life without tennis.
Whatever the reason maybe the decision is the best she's ever made. Maybe after a period, she'll miss the game so much that she'll want to come back on her own terms. Chris Evert did it in 1980.
I didn't want to post this thread in GM becuase it couldn't bear it degenerating between Hingis and Williams fans.
At 22, it would be such a shame if the fat lady has sung. Even so, she has accomplished so much in such a short time, not only in singles but also doubles.
Her titantic battles with Venus could have turned out to be a rivalry to match Evert- Navratliova, Graf-Seles.
I wanted to post this thread as someone who was not a fan, but someone who warmed to Martina later in her career, and appreciated how beautifully she played the game, and admired her achievements.
I hope on the list of the greatest ever, she won't forever, be marked with an * like Connelly, Austin, and Seles.
What are your thoughts on Hingis?