Re: Halep vs Barty talent wise?
"Talent" is a bs term.
Literally all of these players are talented af in different ways. Movement is a talent. Winning matches is a talent. Tactical awareness is a talent. Hitting hard is a talent.
People act like only some players are "talented" whereas others are just "hardworking" or "fit". Fitness and working hard are talents in their own sense; otherwise everybody would be able to do it.
I know people love to minimise Halep's abilities because her game is very one-dimensional, but saying she's lacking talent is not right.
Obviously Barty does have Simona beat if you look at these categories individually, but looking at individual parts of someone's game and just adding them all up doesn't accurately reflect the full picture. Simona at this point is still the more accomplished and better player. I don't really know if it'll stay this way, but for now...this is where we stand.
Anyway, Barty certainly has a better serve, forehand, net game and more variety, but none of those things are a feature of Simona's game. Simona has made a career out of using almost no variety at all, retrieving everything and being very tough to put away. And there's nothing wrong with that. Not many people could do it. It's a talent. If Barty's game was as one-dimensional as Simona's, where would she be?
Stosur - Venus - Hingis - Diyas - Jankovic - Niculescu - Barty - Sabalenka
Gavrilova - Wozniacki - Kvitova - Zvonareva - Osaka - CSN - Sevastova
Aga - Cibulkova - Lisicki - Bencic - Cornet - Halep - Mladenovic - Davenport - Ostapenko
Some level of love/fascination for Ivanovic, Giorgi, Azarenka, Sharapova, Makarova, Kuznetsova