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The last graceful U.S. player?

Why is it that current U.S. players play only an awkward bash-the-ball-at-all-costs style (Seles, JenCap, Davenport, Willies)? Where are the graceful Americans? Chrissie seem to have been the last of a dying (dead?) breed. And the Russians don't seem to do better in this department.

So it is up to West Europeans again (Belgians, Mauresmo) ....

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All the "graceful" players will dissappear one day. Power is a must these days.
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All the "graceful" players will dissappear one day. Power is a must these days.

Power doesn't exclude grace at all!
Graf comes into mind at once. And Enna of today's players.
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All the "graceful" players will dissappear one day. Power is a must these days.
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sharapova i think has some grace and is powerful, no? and ana ivanovic..she is big and hard but she has grace?
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enna? the same one who can't even REACH finals wimbledon, let alone win it?

And what happened to the germans? Sunk so low they have to put their hopes in a belgian and horrors of horrors in a french choker?

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enna? the same one who can't even REACH finals wimbledon, let alone win it?

And what happened to the germans? Sunk so low they have to put their hopes in a belgian and horrors of horrors in a french choker?

I don't know any German pro tennis players. That a player who has retired 6 years ago still is the best German player speaks volumes ...
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Yeah, you'd think German tennis would fare better after Steffi.

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Power doesn't exclude grace at all!
true: Martina Nav is the living proof of that....


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true: Martina Nav is the living proof of that....

Navi had no power AND no grace. Sorry ....
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Navi had no power AND no grace. Sorry ....



and what's she? A ghost?





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sharapova i think has some grace and is powerful, no? and ana ivanovic..she is big and hard but she has grace?
depends on how you define grace but according t dictionary.com:
  1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
  2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.
  3. A sense of fitness or propriety
no.1 is probably the definiton we are lookng at then all those commentaor who kept saying maria won wimbledon with such elegance and grace were lying. That would exclude serena and justine coz they really throw themselves into their shots. according to this defnition I would say daniela and therefore I will be looking for an american who plays like her. venus fits that bill for me

Rena- a tennis great! 22 at striking distance.
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I have to admit, no one moved toward an approach shot with more grace than the original Martina in my book, however for an AMERICAN born player I think grace went out the window in terms of playing style on these shores probably in the 60's.
Im assumin the poster meant playing style and NOT carriage.
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