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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old Aug 29th, 2005, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Debate: Who has the finest serve in women's tennis?

Looking through the boards, there are so many different ideas about which player has the best serve. I've heard V. Williams, S. Williams, Petrova, Sharapova, Molik, Groenefeld (?), Stosur, Davenport, Ivanovic, etc. The list goes on and on. But, for all the reading I've done, nobody seems to have a clear answer.

Any suggestions/opinions, and any ideas for how to determine what makes a great server?
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Davenport, Ivanovic, and Sharapova.

Ivanovic has some massive power.

Sharapova has good power and placement.

Davenport is he same as sharapova.
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A great server needs to have power, placement, veriety.
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I am not a fan of molik really at all but pretty much the only reason she struck the top ten was her MASSIVE serve. Its definately the best in womans tennis i think
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When she was playing well, Serena's was the best by far. Not just the power & placement of her first but her 2nd serve was also extremely good. Lately it hasn't been so great.

I think currently Davenport has the best serve, very powerful but also well placed. Also difficult to attack her 2nd serve.
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Davenport, Ivanovic, and Sharapova.

Ivanovic has some massive power.

Sharapova has good power and placement.

Davenport is he same as sharapova.
Ivanovic does not have massive power, she has very good placement and disguise.

Sharapova and Davenport are not that powerful either, like Ivanovic, both place it very well, of course none of the three has a soft serve, but they are not in the Williams / Sprem club.
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Serena Williams has the best serve when it's on -- but then again she has about the best /anything/ when she's at her best, but I'm afraid that form has escaped her. Look back at the 01-02 Serena and you'll see a massive and strategic serve that few could handle.

Now I would say it's Lindsay.


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when she is playing well, Serena, no doubt, perfect motion, good disguise, power, placement, and she can be pretty consistent, in a match against Hingis she did not miss one serve in an entire set , also her second serve is pretty good.

Maria has an excellent serve, a very smooth motion, very technical, she uses her height and her legs to give it placement, and she serves to the four corners.

Davenport's is very similar (in fact, Maria's serve was modelled after Davenport's), so similar comments for hers.

Ivanovic's serve is pretty good, good placement and disguise and good power (but not massive), she needs a little more variety.

Justine's can be a real weapon, very powerful and goes for the line, but it's sort of predictable and way too inconsistent.

Venus's is powerful, but can be very inconsistent and her second serve is a liability.

Molik's is pretty good, especially her ability to hit a kick serve, a typical Australian serve, but it's NOT the best in women's tennis.
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i think Venus has the best 1st serve and the best slice i think. But i like Lindsay's serve. Its like 107 on 1st serve and 94 and second and awesome placement. Maria's is over-rated espically by Marry C. Her 2nd serve goes from 88-97 and her 1st is 103 but she does have a really good wide serve on the ad side
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Best 1st serve is still Serena. 2nd serve is Davenport.

Really, don't even look at me...
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Best 1st serve Venus. Best 2nd serve Serena/Lindsay.

Supporting:
Serena "Making Threats" Williams
Venus "Always Injured" Williams
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Serena' 2nd is crap now some of her matches ive seen lately (wimbledon and MIami) she was htting them in the high 60's
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Sometimes, i've seen Serena serve and just been like WHOA (phrase i don't normally use). If i was her opponent, i wouldn't know if a bomb had just hit. Venus is one of the best returners (if not the best), yet even when her eye is on the ball and she knows where it's going - she can't touch it.

When it's on - OMG!
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Best example recently of Serena's serve at her best was at the AO against Mirza in the 3r. She basically served Mirza off the court, with a mix of all kinds of differents serves. No other player has the variety that Serena has with the serve.

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