Originally posted by treufreund
Here what I came up with:
Martina Hingis- although often compared to Agassi I think Hewitt is a great comparison. Both are improving their serves especially with placement and using it to take the ball early. Both anticipate extremely well, play angles and great defense and can take the ball early and come into the net. Both can can change the direction of the ball well and can handle pace by redirecting. Hewitt is faster but Martina has more feel and creativity. Hewitt is improving his finess while Martina is improving her foot speed. Both have quick hands and are gritty fighters who will make you play one more shot and can often transition rapidly from defense to offense.
I don't agree, their styles couldn't be more different, Hewitt's style is mostly based on speed and athleticsm. I can't really think of an atp player with Martina's style
Venus Williams- Marat Safin. Great athleticism, tons of power and huge serves. Can get frustrated by consistent players but when at their best can be quite consistent. When at their worst they spray balls. Great foot speed for being tall players who change directions quite well. Both tend to play relentlessly aggressive with Venus being more aggressive. Marat at his best is a better returner since he has routinely munched on Pete's serve. Venus is mentally stronger but can also get flustered and rush shots only she does not show it on her face like Marat.
hmmm, OK, sor of
Serena Williams - Pete Sampras Better disguise and more fluid motion on the serve than Venus much like Pete. More angles and looping shots than Venus from the baseline. The same can be said of Pete vs Marat. killer on the run forehands (venus does too but serena's is better imo). Serena has poor footwork sometimes unlike Pete though.
Strongly disagree, they both have a good serve, Serena's used Sampras as model, but similarities start and end in the serve and tennis is much more than that.
Sampras has a single-handed backhand, Serena double.
Sampras is a serve and volleyer, Serena is not
That second difference is enough, completely different styles.
I would think Serena's style is more similar to Andie Roddick.
Monica Seles- Jan Michael Gambill because of the two-handed style and very hard hit groundies with angles. Both players improving their net game and can have lethal serves when one but Jan-Michael leads the tour in aces.
Well, they both are two handed on both sides, but it's the same as saying they are similar because they were born in the same year. Monica is a top player who has won 9 GS singles titles, JMG, nevermind. both improving their net game? both can have lethal serves? Monica is a great player but her serve was never lethal.
Kim Clijsters- James Blake or Andy Roddick. Maybe more Roddick but both like to run around and hit inside out forehands. Kim's serve is less a weapon than Andy's so that is like James but her backhand is two handed and less attackable than James one-hander so that is more like Roddick. Fast about the court and athletic and very very flexible like Roddick but sometimes stretches too much for the ball getting off balance and doing those splits. Never die say attitude sometimes poor shot selection (sometimes impatient and just go for winners that aren't there in big situations)
I haven't seen Blake too much, so I can't say, Roddick? no way, Roddick's game may feature is the serve, if you don't have a huge serve you can't compare to Roddick. I think Kim can somehow be similar to her boyfriend Lleyton.
Justine Henin- Sebastien Grosjean. Both small, very fast, very explosive especially on the forehand side. Serves can be good but also a liability, prone to choking and nerves. Justine's backhand is more magnificent but Grosjean's twohander has improved and become quite consistent. Quite good at mixing up the pace, slicing, topspin and quickly exploding onto a shot to catch the opponent off guard. Both have good net games which are often underrated.
Excuse me???, both are explosive on the forehand side? talk to anyone that has seen Justine play and will tell you she has a good forehand but is explosive on the backhand
Justine has a one-handed backhand, maybe Grosjean's backhand is good, but two good backhands make two player's styles similar? two handed - one-handed it couldnt' be more different.
I don't know about Grosjean but Justine's game is not underrated that I am aware of.
Amelie Mauresmo- Tommy Haas. Tons and tons of versatility and natural talent. Have every shot in the book and are explosive and can flatten shots out even after using heavy spin over and over. Good serves that can be aces or used to set up the point. Both improving their aggression and finishing points at the net. can sometimes get wild and go for too much or spray balls but both improving that area. can both get intimidated and are injury prone with the back especially. Lots of flair in their one handed backhands and both very very strong being too hit from deep behind the baseline with long swings. Can struggle against overwhelmingly aggressive powerful players but have success against Hingis (about 50-50) similarly to Haas's success against Hewitt.
No opinion on Haas, haven't seen him. I don't believe that Amelie has "every shot in the book"
Rita Grande - Fabrice Santoro. Not strong players but are magicians. Fabrice is older and has more feel but both play creatively and can be very dangerous to power players.
don't know Santoro to opinate.
Jennifer Capriati- Roger Federer. Incredibly fit, can rally forever and has quite a bit of variety with a better forehand. Good serves for both but vulnerable to the service yips. Both very talented at a young age. Roger is not the perfect match in many ways with Jenn's style but his endurance against Sampras at Wimbledon reminds me of Capriati's endurance against Venus at the Ericsson (only he won and she did not)
Daniela Hantuchova- Gustavo Kuerten both VERY VERY fluid and graceful with ability to play consistently and then deceptively explode on balls. Both anticipate well and move quite gracefully and keep incredible depth on their sides. Good serves. Daniela is better by far at the net but Guga could do that if he committed to it. Both very composed but can spray balls when they are not on but somehow find a way to regain their composure. Both have great backhands but daniela's is two handed while Guga is a onehander. Mostly I see their fluidity and grace as being their biggest similarity along with their body structure. Both look skinny but use their limbs to create racquet head speed. [/B]
Well, Hantuchova has a very good net game and her style adapts well to fast surfaces, notably grass. Navratilova thinks she can become a serve and volleyers. Kuerten is a claycourt specialist