Wednesday, August 8, 2007
This week the WTA trotted out an intriguing new list, the Tour Power Index. Using all manner of computer machines, robot cameras and gizmos, tour sponsor Sony Ericsson was able to deduce which ten ladies—averaging their fastest serves, forehands and backhands—give the ball the biggest whooping. Elena Dementieva, the rippling Muscovite mistress of groundstrokes, naturally found a place in the power clique. Interestingly, Maria Sharapova was the only woman on the list who is also in the real top ten—you know, the list that, like, actually matters? So while this G-force gaggle is remarkable in a Guinness Book of World Records kind of way, it has nil to do with a player's real force on the court.