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What ever happened to the finesse game in women's tennis?

It seems that all the new-comers emphasize power in their games. Even Justine had to accentuate her power game in order to win consistently. Meanwhile, men's tennis is replete with power and finesse. Any opinion?

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Im affraid that the power game is just a bit more usefull so the young girls chose to hit hard and not play finesse...
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But you ainīt winning if you have some kind of combination between power and finesse....hard-hitting alone will only get you sofar.

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Yes, thatīs right. Thatīs the reason ehy I like players such as Martinez and Maleeva, bc it is different!

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I think finesse is there sure not everyone has it, but Justine does for sure. I actually think the mens game is in desperate need of some finesse its basically a service game, with only people like Federer and Henman making it interesting to watch for me personally. EVen my fave Marat is not that exciting to watch.

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It seems to me that if a person is able to serve @ an angle where her opponent is not able to even touch the ball, then that person is using finesse. (I notice this when Serena serves).

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serving is an art too....and nobody is better at that right now on the wta tour than Serena.

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serving is an art too....and nobody is better at that right now on the wta tour than Serena.
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It seems that all the new-comers emphasize power in their games. Even Justine had to accentuate her power game in order to win consistently. Meanwhile, men's tennis is replete with power and finesse. Any opinion?
What you're really seeing is a lot of the women on tour being exposed as less-than-world-class athletes. WIth the new high-tech rackets, and sufficient technique, you can pound winners past most of the tour. If your control is good enough. So what good is finesse when you aren't physically fast enough to catch up with the ball?

But relax. A year agao I called Serena Williams 'The Death of Pwer Tennis' and I meant it. No power baseliner can beat her. Justine beat her at RG last year by combining power AND finesse. Of course, power and finesse beat Justine at Wimbledon. But you have to be fast enough to run down high tech groundstrokes, and have good enough technique to return those shots with power. That's the base you have to have these days to build a successful finesse game on.

Remember what Martina Hingis said. She no longer had time to think, SHe was just running as fast as she could to catch up with the ball. That's what happened to all the finesse players. Either they didn't run fast enough, or didn't hit hard enough.

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Nice theory Volcana....

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the finesse game died with the demise of Hingis IMO. had she continued to win, new players may have been inspired to include it in their repertoire. right now the Williams/power model is dominant. but as more and more women are felled by injury, they will start seeing the wisdom and brilliance that was Hingis...

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the finesse game died with the demise of Hingis IMO. had she continued to win, new players may have been inspired to include it in their repertoire. right now the Williams/power model is dominant. but as more and more women are felled by injury, they will start seeing the wisdom and brilliance that was Hingis...
The thing I find funny is: why do the williamses get the blame for that?! They didnīt even invent the style, they arenīt the hardest hitters either.... strange.

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