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Who Is the Future Of Women's Tennis?
May 11, 1998
MARTINA HINGIS Or VENUS WILLIAMS
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May 11, 1998

Who Is The Future Of Women's Tennis?

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MARTINA HINGIS Or VENUS WILLIAMS

So Williams beats the world's No. 1 player twice, and Hingis is supposed to roll over? Forget it. Her serve and volley may not be Venusian, but they're ideal for her cagey, Evertian baseline style, one that will help keep her injury-free. Sometime soon Hingis will discover the joys of a personal trainer. That's when her conditioning will catch up with her tennis, and Venus will once again be the second planet from the sun.
—J.M.

Williams is 6'1�", lean and lithe; Hingis is 5'7", tending toward pudgy. Williams has an outrageously physical game and a 122-mph serve; Hingis's most well-developed muscles are the ones she uses to smirk. After losing to Williams for the second time, Hingis (who doesn't concede that Steffi Graf was her equal) said of Venus, "She's going to be a tough opponent." Too tough, it says here.
—Sandra Bailey

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