Friday, April 07, 2017

Martina Hingis says her generation had more distinguishable players

Tennis - Former World No. 1 Martina Hingis, still a world-class doubles player, says her generation of  WTA players was for more interesting than the current set of players. In an interview with "Westfälische Rundschau", the 36-year-old says, 

"I think a lot of players today are more interchangeable. The fans can hardly distinguish them with their names, all ending in 'Ova'. This is perhaps a bit exaggerated, but it goes in that direction. Our generation was certainly one of the best. With the Williams sisters, with Steffi Graf, Monica Seles or Jennifer Capriati. We pushed each other mutually. Under no circumstances did any of us want to fall out of the top ten."

Hingis also commented that today's players are satisifed much more easily as compared to players of earlier eras. 

"Especially with the boys, I observe that they are good for a few weeks and then leave the training as soon as they reach a highlight. I have the impression that the players are satisfied too early."

Hingis became World No. 1 at the age of 16 and won 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles in 1997. She won two more Slams in singles before injuries curtailed her singles career. She has luanched a comeback as a doubles specialist in recent years and was ranked No. 1 in doubles as recently as last year.

Can't say I disagree honestly. 

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