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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 2002, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hantuchova is a Venus Clone

After watching the Hantuchova / Gagilardi match this afternoon I was struck how much Hantuchova reminded me of Venus. She has a strong serve, she is tall, has a great backhand down the line, goes for her shot (approx 50 winners), strong if sometimes erractic forehand, and makes her share of ue's (in the forties?). Is this a Venus clone or what?

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No, it's Daniela Hantuchova.

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KC we all know what her name is, I was referring to her playing style.

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For once I agree with you Pea!!

She is her own player, but if she did remind me of a player I would say Lindsay and not Venus, just because her backhand is a lot like Lindsay's.
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she reminds me a lot of venus. Their styles are very similar. She has great court coverage like venus(which lindsay doesn't), she has a strong first and second serve(though not as strong as Venus) her backhands is more consistent than her forehand(like venus). She is also tall and lanky like venus. Davenport may be tall but she is not lanky or lithe. Though daniela does share lindsays ability to get into the dumps mentally, though she seems to recover better than lindsay does.


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agree with Tseque01.

Lil Vee is on her way

btw--Lindsay is tall, but is certainly not as skinny or move as well around the court than Dani.

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Her first serve is weaker, her second serve is better. Also, she hits it (almost) as hard and flat, but likes to rally more than the other power players. You see Venus, Lindsay, Serena end the point quickly, Hantuchova on the other hand gambles a bit less, IMO.
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Hantchucova? A VENUS CLONE? ARE YOU MAD!!!!!

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I don't think she is.
I mean u can see somethings that Venus does, so does Daniella, like hitting down the line backhand.
But just because Daniella hits hard doesn't mean she is even comparable to Venus.
Not yet anyways.
Venus hits way harder, and is more consistent.
Venus is much mentally thougher.
Venus has a bigger first serve, better court coverage(although Daniella amazes me as well), and also a better backhand.
The one thing that Daniella does better though is hit her second serve better then Venus.
Both have quality volleys, and both have reach, determination, and streaky forehands that take cofee breaks during a match.
But to say she is a 'clone' of Venus, IMO, is not right.

I mean Venus is #1 this week, and she is a two time Wimbledon champion, and two time Us Open Champion.
Of course, we have to give Daniella time to develop still.
We'll see though in few years if they are similar at all, and also see if Daniella has four slams by the time she reaches the age that Venus is now.
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Rocksteady--Venus used to end the point quickly, but now she is patient, and wait for the opportunity to hit a winner.

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Superhero it was not my intent to say she was Venus' equal. But has similar tools. Venus is 21 while Daniella only is 18. But their playing style is remarkably similar. Maybe she has patterned her play after the Queen. Also I like her.

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TSequoia01 - apology, I misunderstood your post.
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I saw the resemblance as well. Although she doesn't pound the ball like Venus does -- she hits some nice angles and gets some nice depth, but doesn't seem to hit the ball that hard. Her serve is great, but she doesn't have the ability to just win a lot of free points from it.
Her main problem seems to be mental -- a ton of errors. Especially on that forehand side! Eeek. Venus can make up for it with her powerful serve and return. It will cost Daniela against the top players.
But she is still young and can grow a lot in that department, just like Venus has.
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I didn't think Daniela was doing a very good job of getting to Gagliardi's drop shots. On several occasions she seemed just to stop, when it looked as though she could get there.

Venus, on the other hand, is quite good at getting to drop shots.
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