Personally I think that the counter style is a joke... It is really tedious in the game when you are playing a career against the computer and you are coming up through the ranks. You get to the point where you are able to compete against top ten players, but if the player is a counter then you still can't beat any counter player ranked in the top 50. So my character currently has c1000 points and I have multiple wins agains Graf (1800), Sanchez-V (1700), Martinez (1700), Davenport (1700) etc but Barbara Paulus (1400) and Anke Huber (1300) who are counters beat me easily every time. I can barely win points let alone matches. It is insanely imbalanced. When they have more points and therefore power than you, and you can never hit a ball past them then there is simply no hope.
By the time you get to more points than a counter player then it swings the other way and they can do nothing against you. You always just hit the ball straight past them. There is no nuance, it is never in the balance. You know as soon as you start a match against a computer counter character if you are going to win 6-0 or lose 6-0. It shouldn't be that way.
I'm sure plenty of people play the game not online, so this really isn't just about the online gamers.
I play on master/increadible so I have a good handle on the game.