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Julia Vakulenko: The hardest hitter right now?

I saw her play in Tokyo a few weeks ago where she lost to Obata in str8 sets in the first round. I was just surprised how hard she hit the ball. I think pace wise, her balls were faster than Lindsay's. Of course they were not as accurate but still she hits the ball damn hard and flat off of both wings, especially her forehand is huge. I saw Maria's match right after Julia's and although Maria is known to be a hard hitter, she didn't look like that as my eyse were so used to Julia's hard hitting game. Anyways, I don't think she's top 10 material or anything big but just as far as her shots go, she's one of the hardest hitters I have ever seen. By the way, her service motion is very weird. She doesn't rotate her body but still manages to generate so much power and pace on the ball. She hit a lot of service winners as well as double faults. I think she's one of the very unique players on the tour now.
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She lost in straights, what difference does it make?

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I saw her live last Saturday (Antwerp qualifying).
She didn't impress me in her 4-6 6-3 6-2 win over Stefanie De Laet (no.805!!!!)...


Stefanie did impress me, however
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My point is she hits the ball damn hard whether she's a good player or not. I don't think she's gonna be a big thing but the way she hits the ball is very interesting. I think she's right up there as far as the pace of her balls is concerned.
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yeah she hits the ball hard..now if she could learn to hit it in the court consistently

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She hits pretty hard but for sure not the hardest hitter in the game
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She does hit the ball hard but without control, not a good combo

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hard but not the hardest. And actually, I think she is headed to being a top 40 consistently.

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No way. I love Julia, but she's not even amongst the hardest hitters on tour.
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From TV I remembered she hits everything hard, but makes a lot off mistakes. That was a conclusion after only seeing one match, wich is not enough off course.

I saw her live and I wasn't really impressed with how hard she hits, she doesn't hit soft of course. But I don't think she's one of the hardest hitters. She did play well, not many mistakes.

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She's not even close to the hardest hitter on tour:

Seles, Davenport, Dokic, Lucic, Serena, Venus all hit harder...and there's more...
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Julia may have good power. But she doesn't have great power. And she definately has the softest moonballs on the WTA Tour! She's the player who moonballed Daniela Hantuchova at last years U.S. Open which brought Darling Dani to tears. A player with great power does not resort to moonballs.

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Perhaps hard enough to Pepper Patty!
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she does hit very hard. i remember watching her play justine at wimbledon last year. she was playing quite well in the first set, the commentators were surprised how well she was playing. actually they said if she hit like this all the time she would be in the top 5 (that was said during the first set of the match, the 2nd set was totally different). she does hit it hard and i guess the potential is there, its just a matter of being able to master it and mold it. i hope she doesnt fall into the stevenson category where ppl always bash her or make fun of her and say she has no talent. the talent is there but some ppl just cant fullfill it, that doesnt mean they have no talent.

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From TV I remembered she hits everything hard, but makes a lot off mistakes. That was a conclusion after only seeing one match, wich is not enough off course.

I saw her live and I wasn't really impressed with how hard she hits, she doesn't hit soft of course. But I don't think she's one of the hardest hitters. She did play well, not many mistakes.
I think the Julia I saw was a different player than the one you saw. She must have beeen boing for her shots more than she usually does or something. On that particular day, she was definitely amongst the hardest hitters on the tour and she was extremely inconsistent which is why I'm saying she didn't impresse me as a good player.

She definitely hit (at least on that day) harder than Dokic.
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