I think she may compete for a while and then realize it may not be possible to break through the top 10.
Having said this I am thrilled that she has decided to return to the game and look forward to seeing her.
Dec 5th, 2005, 02:06 PM
just expect her to play all year long. lack of match playing, especially in 3 years, can cause you many horrible losses and it always be a hard time when you are #1 and GS winner. i don't know how well Martina can handle it.
hope she can hang in there even she wins no title.
Dec 6th, 2005, 02:38 PM
Basically, I think Martina will be playing about as well as when she first came on the tour, which was great for a 14-year-old but not exactly as spectacular as we would later come to expect of Martina Hingis the Grand Slam champion. However, expect a rapid rise as she will probably be fit again and eager to get going, having watched, analyzed and scouted everyone for the last couple of years.
Bold Prediction: Expect Martina back in the Top 100 by her third tournament. ;)
Dec 6th, 2005, 02:58 PM
I expect her first top ten win will come over sharapova. She will take advantage of her inexperience, not stellar movement and poor net play. She is one of the only top tenners i can actually see falling to hingis crafty play.
Mark my words.
Dec 6th, 2005, 03:01 PM
To be honest - not much
Dec 6th, 2005, 03:58 PM
I think consistency and her on court tactics were her strengths. both are bound to be rusty. I remember watching hingis in the late 90s and early 2000 and she would make like 5 UEs the whole match. but I can't imagine she'll be back at that level again. she'll be forced to go for her shots more than before and that will lead to more UEs. her brain game better be 100% because she still can't outhit the power girls,unless she's gone on some sort of steroid binge.. .
I think I have come to the conclusion that I have no idea what to expect from this comeback. Will be interesting to revisit this at the end of 2006 and see what actually transpired.
Dec 6th, 2005, 04:12 PM
i really donīt know what to expect from her
thats why iīm really excited to see her back oncourt
Dec 6th, 2005, 04:14 PM
if she stays fit - i predict she could be top 10 again. maybe not next year, but definitely by 2007
i'm not sure if she'd be able to crack the top 5 again though...we'll see
Dec 6th, 2005, 04:17 PM
for hingis the buttom line is Keep the U'es low
move ur opponent around the court :)
always mixe the direction
good shot at the net and drop shot
if she can exploit the poor movement of sharapova then charging the net it can be effective ;)
Shenay La Soul
Dec 6th, 2005, 04:27 PM
What I expect is her trademark sense of construction. Beyond that, I don't know.
Dec 6th, 2005, 04:38 PM
a couple of wins over top 50 players at first
reach at least the 2nd round of OZ
Dec 6th, 2005, 04:57 PM
reach 2nd round in all tournaments :angel:
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Dec 6th, 2005, 06:28 PM
It really depends on her draws and stuff -- she needs WINS more than anything as I believe she is a confidence player and winning breeds winning for her.
I could see her doing really well by March or April - maybe top 50 if she gets some nice draws. I don't think she'll be that effective against consistent power players as she was losing her stature quiet a bit even before her injuries against V, S, and the other consistent power hitters.
Either way I'm happy for her to be back and wish her much success except against Venus and Serena ;)
Dec 6th, 2005, 06:58 PM
few first or second round loses, then after 5 to 7 tournaments, we'll see a glimpse of consistensy at QF and semis, then probably a title at Tier III.
2007 will be different, she will be a top 10 and a threat even to top players.
Dec 6th, 2005, 07:00 PM
Dec 6th, 2005, 07:06 PM
Not too much at first. I think that we will see her winning matches against really low ranked opponents but then lose against top thirty players. I think that as the year progresses, she'll reach some quarterfinals and semifinals, but really not making a dent against hte top players. By the end of the year, she may be able to take a top player to three sets, and by 07, she should be able to start winning matches against them again. People just need to not expect quick results. It takes time and patience.
Dec 6th, 2005, 07:07 PM
If she can't win the Kentucky derby on Montana - quitsville!
Dec 6th, 2005, 07:14 PM
If she is not competitive, it will not last long.
If she is competitive it will be fun to watch and she will give the top players fitts.
I am pulling for her.
We will just have to wait and watch.
Dec 6th, 2005, 07:44 PM
If her feet and ankles really are healthy, she'll win a Tier II, maybe a weak Tier I, and wide up ranked between #7 and #15, depending on who else is injured how much.
Dec 6th, 2005, 09:59 PM
I think we will only have a realistic idea once Martina has played a tour match.
Dec 6th, 2005, 10:02 PM
expect her to be really rusty early on but i think when its about to switch to vclay like at indian wells or nasdaq shell be a lot better she'll know what she has todo to win the key for her is her serve
Dec 8th, 2005, 10:35 PM
I think she will do well.
Dec 8th, 2005, 10:48 PM
1. Staying healthy and having fun on courts.
2. Don't expect too much from her : It will take time 'till she come back to a very good level and having consistent results : I'm delighted to see her back on courts but it doesn't mean she gonna have directly superb results.
3. I don't see her wining GS this year.
4. I already see critics and laughters flying if she begins her come-back with early tournaments exits : True fans of Martina will have to live with it for a couple of weeks or months, I think ! Patience will be te key-word.
5. If she can end the year 2006 between near the top20 : it will be a massive achievement...
Dec 9th, 2005, 04:34 PM
I give Martina another year cuz she's approaching 50 and it will be hard for her to find a really good doubles partner. I would love to see her break Billie Jean King's Wimbledon record.