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A follow up to another thread: Davy/ Seles...

What is so drastically different about Davenports game and Seles'...

where Monica has won 3 titles at Roland Garros... and every time except the last one she has reached the quarters or better...

Davenport on the other hand has reached only one SF, two quarters, and many 4r and below...

They are both similar- reasonably tall, poor movement, hard hitting, big serve...

WHY?
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I think Seles has better movement than Davenport...and the fact that Davenport is taller than her (I think Seles isn't even 6 feet right??) makes it harder for her to move on clay. I agree that they both have similar games, as they pound the balls to their opponents, but I think movement is a big factor.

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i think the difference is that when monica won her three french open titles her movement was excellent,much better than davenports and also lindsey doesnt take the ball as early as monica so she gets pushed behind the baseline so her power isnt so effective on a clay court.
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Back then Seles had good enough movement to stay in and she's also more patient and steadier from the back of the court than Lindsay and uses better angles.
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because monica didnt have knee surgery like lindsay which hampers her already weakened movement/confidence.... clays gonna play on her mind with her injury

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Monica's serve is not nearly as good as Davenports, which she uses as a weapon mainly on the hard courts and grass. Serves are not as important on clay court which does affect Davenports game, as it is based around crunching serves. Also, Davenports ground strokes are stronger and deeper than seles' but Monica did create some spectacular angles and had much better movement.
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Because Monica was in a league of her own. Davenport is still only a tiny bit ahead of her rivals.

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i think the difference is that when monica won her three french open titles her movement was excellent,much better than davenports and also lindsey doesnt take the ball as early as monica so she gets pushed behind the baseline so her power isnt so effective on a clay court.
Good point. And, Monica grew up on clay until around 1986. I think it does help if you grew up learning on the surface. Just my opinion.

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um, hello?
am i the only one who thinks the only thing the two have in common is that they play tennis?
they are SO different in thier game and style.

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Monica hit the ball MUCH earlier and rallied a lot better than Lindsay. Monica also moved much quicker than Lindsay on all surfaces.

Lindsay hits a cleaner ball with more depth and has a FAR superious serve to Monica's (although I always thought Monica had a good serve, Davenport's is just in a different class).

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Seles was faster in her prime than Davenport has ever been, but that's not really the answer - Seles is leagues ahead of Davenport in terms of rallying, tactics, how to construct a long, hard point. It's inevitable on clay that most of your points will be very long and arduous - Davenport loathes those, while Seles thrived on them. Davenport wants to pound a serve and a couple of groundstrokes to win the point, Seles was happy to pummel you again and again and again for as long as necessary. They're not actually very similar players at all.

Also, Seles's mentality was leagues ahead of Davenport's.
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well they really have never been 'similar' players to me, but i can see how some people may think that.

the biggest difference between them is their on court attitude toward the surface and their tactics.

maybe if we're only talking about monica from 95 on... maybe then i can see a comparison. before then it's obvious why a monica in 90-93 dominated the surface. she had the best angles, the most tenacity, the best return of serve, and really good movement.

so if we're talking about monica in the last few years of her career and comparing her RG reasults to lindsay's whole career, i guess we have a closer means of comparison. after lindsay won her first major in 98, she has always been a better player than monica, so it does make one question why even then she didn't do as well or better than monica on the dirt. i guess it has a lot to do with monica's fight and the fact that she had won the event three times in her career and really never loses to people ranked below her. monica also uses the court better than lindsay with angles.
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The time that she won them during. The competion back in the early 90's isn't nearly what it is today. The players these days are much better than the players that Seles had to play. Graf, Sanchez, and perphaps Sabatini are no match for today's top ten. Their 80 mile per hour first serves would get crushed now-a-days. The power and weight of shot is so much better than in the early 90's.
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Graf, Sanchez, and perphaps Sabatini are no match for today's top ten.[B]

great, another poster with no knowledge of tennis pre - i'm guessing - 98.

isn't dementieva in the top ten now with her serve?

also does this mean davenport would be sweeping all before her in the early nineties playing as she is now??
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Because Monica was in a league of her own. Davenport is still only a tiny bit ahead of her rivals.
Agreed!
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