Would you rather have - Supreme Athleticism, Supreme Mentality, or Supreme Shotmaking
All of these traits are excellent to have and there are only a handful of women in the sport who I believe have had both simultaneously - Navratilova, Graf, Serena, BJK, Court.
There are also many players who have one or the other and much of their success comes from that. Before I open this discussion let me be clear on my opinion and how I categorize the examples I will list.
Supreme Athlete - is well a supreme athlete. Moves ridiculously well, gets to everyball, executes the shot they want to when they get there. They will never hit you off the court but they will stay in a match and play smart usually.
Supreme Mentality - is to just be able to focus a whole match, play your game, not worry about what your opponent is doing and get the job done. Emotions on court are scarce and you will fight tooth and nail till the end.
Supreme Shotmaker - Your entire game is hit or miss and you're not the best athlete. You can hit ridiculous shots when you're zoned in, play flawless tennis at times or for spans of time and it gets you some great titles throughout the span of your career but it is anything but consistent and quite often subject to a very volatile career but still somewhat prestigious.
My examples of where some players would stand are (in no particular order):
SA: Venus, Henin, Capriati, Clijsters, ASV, Kuznetsova, Mauresmo
SM: Evert, Azarenka, Seles, Sharapova
SS - Kvitova, Pierce, Davenport, Kuznetsova, Hingis
All: Navratilova, Graf, Serena, BJK, Court.
If you had to choose ONE, which would it be and where would place some of the WTA's players?
(And do not give smart ass answers like "SM, because I can always work on my fitness." Ain't nobody got the time. All of the players I listed with strong mentality could have worked harder on their fitness, it just wasn't a priority in their game though. Imagine if Davenport was a half decent mover...
If you have other opinions state your reasoning.
Also we are categorizing players based on their career as a whole, not that one season where they might have displayed both these traits)
FYI we are only discussing slam champs/ top 10 players with quality titles
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Last edited by VeeJJ; Nov 9th, 2019 at 06:26 PM.