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Does Dementieva have the Strongest groundstrokes in Women's Tennis?

I am beginning to think so. Her strokes against the Sisters in Miami and Lindsay today proves her groundies are the best bar none. Serve and return of Serve is another question that will be discussed another day. But groundstrokes.....yes she is the best IMHO.

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Erm no shes not as good as the sisters, and Davenport, cos her backhand is kinda rigid, but she has a solid return and a great forehand, which put her right up there. If she didnt have those qualitys shed be nowhere with that serve.

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Erm no shes not as good as the sisters, and Davenport, cos her backhand is kinda rigid, but she has a solid return and a great forehand, which put her right up there. If she didnt have those qualitys shed be nowhere with that serve.
Against both Venus, Serena, and now Davenport she beat all off the ground from the baseline. While I admit court coverage is a factor, Dementieva out hit Lindsay today, she outhit Venus and Serena in Miami. She has very powerful groundstrokes.

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Yes but they aint that dependable. Against Serena she kept shanking them all over the place, and against Smashnova (who gave her no pace, but still).

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Against both Venus, Serena, and now Davenport she beat all off the ground from the baseline. While I admit court coverage is a factor, Dementieva out hit Lindsay today, she outhit Venus and Serena in Miami. She has very powerful groundstrokes.
She outhit Serena?? Don't be ridiculous.

Though I do think that her groundstrokes are top 5, maybe top 3 on the tour.
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Against both Venus, Serena, and now Davenport she beat all off the ground from the baseline. While I admit court coverage is a factor, Dementieva out hit Lindsay today, she outhit Venus and Serena in Miami. She has very powerful groundstrokes.
Lindsay was injured today, so most people would have out-hit her.

And how can someone out hit someone and loose 6-1, 6-1

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She outhit Serena?? Don't be ridiculous.

Though I do think that her groundstrokes are top 5, maybe top 3 on the tour.
Yes she out hit Serena from the baseline. Rena killed her serves and that gave her the edge but from the baseline, Dementieva was beating her up.

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No... Lena D. does not have the strongest groundies on tour.

I'd say Sharapova and Bovina definitely hit harder.
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Yes she out hit Serena from the baseline. Rena killed her serves and that gave her the edge but from the baseline, Dementieva was beating her up.
No, she really didn't. She match stats will prove that. Though yes, she can hang at the baseline with Serena on a good day.
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No... Lena D. does not have the strongest groundies on tour.

I'd say Sharapova and Bovina definitely hit harder.
I don't think the poster necessarily meant hardest hitting (though she does hit very hard). And Dementieva is far better off the ground than Bovina, and more consistent than Sharapova, though Maria is more explosive.
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Yes she out hit Serena from the baseline. Rena killed her serves and that gave her the edge but from the baseline, Dementieva was beating her up.
Any player in the top 20 could killed her serve at anytime.

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I don't think the poster necessarily meant hardest hitting (though she does hit very hard). And Dementieva is far better off the ground than Bovina, and more consistent than Sharapova, though Maria is more explosive.
I wouldn't say far better...

On a good day with Bovina, she has shown she can take Lena D. down... but yes, more often that not, Lena D. wins that battle.
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I don't think the poster necessarily meant hardest hitting (though she does hit very hard). And Dementieva is far better off the ground than Bovina, and more consistent than Sharapova, though Maria is more explosive.
True I think this is one of the reason why Dementieva is so good on clay. However the serve have to improve otherwise NO grand slam for her.

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I think if you gave Dementieva Serena's serve, she'd be a better player than Serena. That's how good her ground game is, and how much her serve holds her back.
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OK, maybe she did beat (off the ground) Lindsay today, I just heard she got injured in the second set against Elena.

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