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What does Myskina do special?

Her game is hardly recognized as great or compelling. Nevertheless she beats everyone with such an unrecognizable play style. I know she's got great legs thus has great court coverage and she can think so well on the court looking for her opponents' weaknesses and can exploit them which is actually way harder done then said. She may not possess the powerful ground strokes that the likes of the Williams sisters, Davenport and Sharapov have but she's still capable of matching them by mixing up different shots of different paces.
What do you think of her game?
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Works hard, good tactics, hardly makes any mistakes.
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She is the awkward squad. She is a retriever. She gets the ball back awkwardly when it "should" have been a winner. This frustrates opponents and makes a lot of them play their worst and start spewing errors. Myskina has amazing speed around the courts and mixes up her shots well.

I've never liked the style, even from its foremost exponent, Sanchez Vicario, and by and large most tennis audiences don't like it either. They'd rather see players who go for spectacular winners. As i've written in another thread, the responsive style never really seems to create dominant players or long-term No 1s, but it enables players to lurk around the top 10/20 for long periods.

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Sheīs very patient, she never tries to hit a winner, when she isnīt sure about it. Her foot-work is the best Iīve seen in a long time, you know if you only watch at her feet itīs very interesting, she does a lot of little steps, especially when going for a backhand winner and then changes it, especially on clay you can "hear" the foot-work very good (tz,tz,tz,tz...shht).

Due to her patience she just tries to run everything down, which make her opponents going crazy after a while which most often ends with an unforced error. If you look at the stats of her opponents youīll see that their numbers of UEs is very high. Very often poeple think itīs because the opponent was just playing bad, but itīs because of the reason Iīve mentioned.

Anticipation...do I need to say more to this? Fantastic. She seems to see what the opponentīs going to do. Nice to see in the match against Maria yesterday and especially against J-Cap at the FO.

Ankle...she tries to hit the ball as straight as possible, so that the opponents wonīt get a chance to hit balls with extreme ankles.

Groundtstrokes...amazing, especially the backhand. She does have the most effective double-backhand right now on the tour. The forehand is good, but when she has an off-day, the forehand can really give her a hard time.

Change of pace: Really interesting, you wouldnīt count Nastya as a hard hitter, but she has the ability to change the speed of the balls very differently. Another thing which freaks the opponents out (just ask J-cap).

Mental: Hmmm...I guess she just needs to scream at her coach and breaking rackets though leading 4-1. Not very nice behaviour, but hey, it works.

She can play on every surface, which you canīt find that often.


Overall: her game isnīt spectecular, but itīs efficient, itīs all about tactics and I love it. Itīs a pity most people donīt see it, just because sheīs no hard-hitter.
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mentally she will beat anyone... she is the craftiest smartest best player on the tour...

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great speed and a good thinker, she does posses a lot of power but doesnt use it that often whether this be a means of tactics or purely because physically she cant hit with that power for long periods of time ie a match.

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Maria fell apart against Suarez. Last night was no different.
When Maria is not dominating, she starts to go for the lines.
When she's not on grass, that doesn't work against a steady player.

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I think myskina has a very solid game, she doesnt have any glearing weaknesses and she is very fast. She can also pack a bit of a punch if she sets up well for the shots.

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...people always play crap against her...she's just, like, reelly reelly lucky...
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She is very mentally tough and has a great dtl backhand, and she also is VERY quick about hitting behind players. She moves very well too.

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...people always play crap against her...she's just, like, reelly reelly lucky...
Yeah, she really seems to have more luck than anybody, like some higher spriti wants her to win. She should just try to play at the lottery, that would be a lot easier. Itīs just luck and nothing else, we knew it!

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She's very intelligent, draws errors out of people alot. It may look like the other player is playing crap, but really its cos Nastya is very consistent and makes very few ue.

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I think myskina has a very solid game, she doesnt have any glearing weaknesses and she is very fast. She can also pack a bit of a punch if she sets up well for the shots.
her serve is a bit of a weakness but her speed, thinking and consistency on her groundies gets her through her matches whether she draws errors from players or out thinks them or just gets them so impatient they start to hit out a bit to much.

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People used to ask the very same question about Martina Hingis. Others would play her who had much better serves, better forehands, were even faster around the court. But they'd look up at the game clock, only about an hour had gone by, and these more spectacular players would find themselves down match point and wonder, how the heck did this happen? And it would happen to them over and over again against Martina.

Myskina plays that kind of game. She is a great counter puncher because she anticipates well. She has lots of variety in her game, and is a very consistant player, just like Hingis was. And most important of all, as was evident in her victory over Maria yesterday, she has patience. She waits for her opening.

I don't see much stopping Myskina from getting to number one, perhaps by the end of the year. Maria may be right behind her, but Anastasia will get there first.
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I can imagine going out there to play someone like Myskina and totally dreading the prospect. How do you beat someone who a) never makes a mistake b) gets everything back c) knows where you're going to play the ball every time? That is an intimidating prospect to face in an opponent.
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