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TonyP
Aug 19th, 2003, 02:57 PM
This is from a story that appeared in the Herald Press in Connecticut on Sunday in advance of the New Haven tournament. The author of the story is Scott Caiccola.



"The WTA Tour is brimming with players who possess booming serves and blistering groundstrokes, a style of baseline play rooted in improved fitness and ever-evolving racket technology. But in the end, this power game may have arrived at the expense of net play and strategy.

"Martina Hingis was probably the last person who played with her brain," said Alexandra Stevenson, the 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist. "I mean, she really played tennis like a chess match. I’m not saying everybody’s stupid, but she used her brain on the court."

Stevenson hit some balls with Hingis in Germany last October and marveled at Hingis’ ability to place the ball, with startling precision, wherever she wanted. "We were having 50-ball rallies," Stevenson said, "and she was probably the best practice I’ve ever had."

It turned out to be Hingis’ last practice. Plagued by chronic foot problems, she hasn’t played a match since and her career appears finished. Her departure may represent the end of an era."
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I find these to be interesting quotes from Stevenson, a player who in the past was quoted by other publications, especially ESPN the Magazine, as having said some pretty nasty things about Hingis.

Maybe she actually got to know Martina and found she wasn't such a bad person afterall? Someone who saw that practice said they got along great!

tenn_ace
Aug 19th, 2003, 02:59 PM
if this is all true, kudos to Alex... and still missing Martina :sad:

MartinaI
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:03 PM
Martina :sad:

tommyk75
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:08 PM
Good to know that people CAN indeed grow up and change (I hope for good)... And yes, I miss Martina too.

Danke Anke
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:08 PM
'"We were having 50-ball rallies," Stevenson said'

Then how come Alexandra can't sustain more than a 4 shot rally in a match? :)

Playa
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:09 PM
Yeah, I remember that one.
but she was talking for herself
she's the only brainless powerplayer afterall.

skanky~skanketta
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:10 PM
ok. why the fuck is it that all the players i really cant stand are turning out to be nice?i need someone to hate!oh yeah....daniela, dokic, capriati...but i'm actually beginning to like jen.and i hope the D's start improving.

MYSKINA!hate the skank.

bandabou
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:11 PM
I think this has to close out any discussion about Juju being as good as Hingis. Hingis actually could beat the sisters on any surface.

TonyP
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:11 PM
Danke:

Interesting comment. Although we don't know the future and I really and truly doubt that it will ever happen, Martina Hingis would probably make one of the greatest tennis coaches in history.

Unfortunately for tennis, she has said she has little or no interest in coaching.

servenrichie
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:13 PM
Yeah, I remember that one.
but she was talking for herself
she's the only brainless powerplayer afterall.

Exactly what I thought when I read the piece. After all this time, it wont be bad, if she starts winning matches or tournaments, instead of whinning all the time!

Daniel
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:14 PM
Hingis :D :bounce:

Filip!
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:20 PM
I think this has to close out any discussion about Juju being as good as Hingis. Hingis actually could beat the sisters on any surface.

Oh. So, Alexandra Stevenson says something, and it is the truth?

Alexandra can better ask Justine for some advices on how to reach the top rankings without playing powertennis!

RAA
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:21 PM
well, i think its a little easier for Stevenson to be complimentary of hingis since hingis is out of the game...

but I'm not surprised at the content of her remarks, when hingis was on.. UEs were FEW and far between. that is why watching her at the us open last year (was it last year?) was so painful to see her spraying balls...

SJW
Aug 19th, 2003, 03:23 PM
Alex :D

and i miss Martina more than anybody :sad: injuries are a bitch :sad:

treufreund
Aug 19th, 2003, 04:58 PM
ALEX :hearts: Dang she is smart after all ;)

starr
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:05 PM
Of course Alex got along with Martina. Martina is a fun girl and everybody who doesn't have a stick up her/his rear can have a good time with her.

Cybelle Darkholme
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:06 PM
Just because you are a great player does not mean you would make a great coach even if you were so inclined.

Havent you noticed there are some great coaches who were never great players?

TonyP
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:13 PM
True, in fact, most great athletes don't make great coaches, because they can do it so easily and their pupils cannot.

But Hingis is an exceptionally intelligent player and works well with people. She's a social animal in many ways, unlike a lot of tennis greats like Graf or Evert who were pretty much loners.

Plus Hingis has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the game that few other players possess.

I think she'd be a marvelous coach, but as I said, it's not going to happen, because she has moved on to other indeavors.

FYI, while Hingis considered herself a "difficult pupil" to coach, I have heard from those who watched her learning other things one of the secrets of her success.

She listened very closely to what she was being taught. That's one reason why she has proven to be adept at lots of other sports she tries. I have known people who watched her playing in pick up soccer games with both men and women on the field and they said she was the best one there.

She is a remarkable athlete (something many people over look), but she also listens carefully and absorbs information very quickly.

irma
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:19 PM
what has socializing to do with intelligence :rolleyes:

martamagica
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:20 PM
Alexandra in a 50 shot rally... and not dying on the court because of her fatness...

Alexandra acting like she knows how to use her brain on, or off the court....

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Good one, Alex... it's people like you that make this world so easy to laugh at.

Diya
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:21 PM
ok. why the fuck is it that all the players i really cant stand are turning out to be nice?i need someone to hate!oh yeah....daniela, dokic, capriati...but i'm actually beginning to like jen.and i hope the D's start improving.

MYSKINA!hate the skank.



Same here except that i :hearts: Jenny already . Good to know you are starting to like her too......:)

starr
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:24 PM
My fantasy new life for Martina is that she become a fantastic rider -- either three day eventing or grand prix jumping. But she says she isn't good enough. She did buy that nice horse for jumping though.

I imagine that Martina is having so much fun having time to spend with her dogs and her horses.

tazban1
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:24 PM
:eek: I know people can change, but this is a surprising turn from "Martina's just a dork. She tries to be cool, but she's not" (not exact words b/c I'm going by memory)

starr
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:27 PM
I try never to pay attention to what Alex says because most of the time it is divorced from reality.

TonyP
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:37 PM
Intelligence and socializing have nothing to do with one another. But Martina has intelligence and ALSO likes to socialize, so she might work well with others. In fact, she's already proven it.

She's won 9 slam doubles titles and three of her partners, Mary Pierce, Anna Kournikova and Marijanna Lucic, never won a major doubles title with anyone else.

Even Seles jumped at the chance to play doubles with Hingis and said she learned a lot. She must have. They beat the Williams sisters in the first doubles match they ever played together.

wwins
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:37 PM
I doubt that Alex had actually said this about Martina. She didn't say it
when Martina was active on the tour but now this time.
I believe it is another martina's fans tactics to keep her image alive but
it is dead long tme ago.

TonyP
Aug 19th, 2003, 05:42 PM
wwins:
I'm pretty good at fiction, but NOT good enough to dream up friendly remarks by Alexandra Stevenson. Go to the web site listed below.

http://www.**********/site/news.cfm?newsid=10022071&BRD=1645&PAG=461&dept_id=17758&rfi=6

barmaid
Aug 19th, 2003, 06:11 PM
I doubt that Alex had actually said this about Martina. She didn't say it
when Martina was active on the tour but now this time.
I believe it is another martina's fans tactics to keep her image alive but
it is dead long tme ago.


I vehemently disagree with your thinking that Martina's image has been dead a long time ago :sad: ....there is hardly a day when this board doesn't include some thread about Martina. :hearts: ... .how she is compared to Henin, how her skills and finesse are missed on the court, the wonderful battles she had with Venus, even today over 100 photos of her pretty face are being posted :kiss: the possibility of her being a coach and on and on it goes....Martina's contributions to the tennis world will never be a "dead" issue!! :worship:


barmaid :wavey:

jenny161185
Aug 19th, 2003, 06:12 PM
I cant read this without getting sad Imagining WHAT IF martina returned to the tour - with some muscle and healed feet - could she dominate again??? God I'd love it!!!!!!

TonyP
Aug 19th, 2003, 06:21 PM
I think it bothers some that she is not only so missed, but so much discussed still in tennis circles. Hingis was one of a kind, a truly great player with a larger than life personality, something tennis has rarely had. There are other great players, some greater, but few who have generated the discussion that Martina has.

This sport lost one of its brightest lights when she retired and despite the tennis skills of others, it is not likely we will see another tennis personality like her any time soon.

Kart
Aug 19th, 2003, 06:25 PM
Nice words from Alex :yeah:.

Diya
Aug 19th, 2003, 06:28 PM
This sport lost one of its brightest lights when she retired and despite the tennis kills of others, it is not likely we will see another tennis personality like her any time soon.

Very true indeed ! :worship: :worship:

Hingiswinsthis
Aug 19th, 2003, 06:37 PM
:lol: I remember that match Alex and Marti played at New Haven last year :eek: man did they shake hands at the net in the end:lol:!

anyways, its true, its only now when people admire Martina for what she did and the excitement she brought forth to the game. She truly is missed.........

Dava
Aug 19th, 2003, 06:40 PM
For the first time ever INTERESTING, and ALEXANDRA STEVENSON can be put together.

Evonne Goolagong
Aug 19th, 2003, 06:47 PM
'"We were having 50-ball rallies," Stevenson said'

Then how come Alexandra can't sustain more than a 4 shot rally in a match? :)


There are many people who are very consistent and dominant players "in practice" but when they play a match they become the total opposite ... it is called pressure my friend! ;)