How do you think Serena, Venus, Justine, Kim, Jen and the rest of the current crop of players would do with wooden racquets?
Mrs. Peel said:You don't think they'd be able to adapt and learn the game if it was "played" this way? hmmmm...
How do you know that Venus hits winners without cognitive thought?!?!
Venus' tennis is more than slam-bang...didn't you watch Wimbledon? Are you saying she has no strategy out there and that she doesn't construct points?
The same could be said about so many of the top players. What makes Venus so different ? No doubt Martina Hingis was a great point constructer. But for you to suggest that Venus doesn't really think on-court, because of her comparison to Hingis's game, is just absurd. If it was that Venus used to just hit hard all the time, why is it that players like Capriati and Lindsay don't beat her, since IMO they hit just as hard. There has to be some strategy that allows her to beat them. And believe me, her "athleticism" is not the only factor .alfajeffster said:No, I wouldn't generalize to the point of absurdity, but if you put two TV screens next to each other, and one was a camera angle behind Venus, and the other behind Hingis, the differences would amaze a great deal of people. I'm sure Venus would be able to adapt to a certain extent, but I am even more sure if Margaret Court had the same training facilities and coaching AND racquets available to her that Venus did and does, Margaret Court would dominate today as well...
okayalfajeffster said:You answered your own question- yes, it is her athleticism that Capriati and Davenport have the most trouble with. She has (and it took her a couple of years) learned to rely on hitting winners on the dead run all the time during her matches, because she is usually not moving naturally with the percentages. Davenport owned her for a long time simply because she out thought Venus consistently. Capriati, I submit, is in the same boat as Venus- running all match long for balls when they have no clue where they are going- just covering court and smacking the ball when they get there- which they both do better than anyone else out there except maybe Serena
brickhousesupporter said:If players like Navratilova and McEnroe were such good hitters with the irregular wooden racquets why wouldn't they be superior hitters of the ball with the more advance racquets? They should still be on the tour domintating with the better racquets.