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I know Evgenia Kulikovskaya is ambidextrous (uses both hands to play) thus she has 2 forehands and no backhands. Anyone else know of any other players who are ambidextrous!
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Maria Sharapova is...she is generally right-handed, but sometimes uses her left hand as a forehand. Ok, did I just say it correctly?

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I know Evgenia Kulikovskaya is ambidextrous (uses both hands to play) thus she has 2 forehands and no backhands. Anyone else know of any other players who are ambidextrous!
Here's something I posted on Evgenia a while ago. You're going to have to be more specific about the word 'ambidexterous'. Some players are ambitexterous, but play a conventional, right-handed game, some play lefty, some play backhands off both sides (i.e. NO forehands), some play a two-handed forehand on one side and a two-handed backhand on the other side (which doesn't really mean they are ambidexterous). A more specific way to ask the question is: "Are there any other players who hit one-handed forehands off both sides?". Is that what you meant to ask? Seda Noorlander and Aiko Nakamura play 2-handed forehands on one side and 2-handed backhands on the other side. But are they ambidexterious? Maria Sharapova plays a fairly conventional right-handed game, but claims to be ambidexterious (once in a while she hits a one-handed, lefty forehand). The issue gets confusing ...


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anybody with a 2 handed forehand and a 1 handed backhand?
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Maria Sharapova is...she is generally right-handed, but sometimes uses her left hand as a forehand. Ok, did I just say it correctly?
She was.... but she was forced to choose one and she choose right if I remember right... but she can use her left hand with continental grip every once in a while...

myself.. I am a ambidextrous tennis player though..

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Sabine Applemens was right handed but learned to play tennis with her left hand. Why I"m not sure but I remember reading about it.
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I know Evgenia Kulikovskaya is ambidextrous (uses both hands to play) thus she has 2 forehands and no backhands. Anyone else know of any other players who are ambidextrous!
she actually switches between plays??

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she actually switches between plays??
It isn't really that complicated..

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I don't believe Venus is ambidextrous,
but I loved that left-handed forehand
shot she made in the 00' Wimbledon SF.
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It isn't really that complicated..
Yes it is...Switching grips from stroke to stroke is VERY complicated, until you get used to it, at least.

Notice that Evgenia uses a backhand grip to hit her right-handed forehand.
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Yes it is...Switching grips from stroke to stroke is VERY complicated, until you get used to it, at least.

Notice that Evgenia uses a backhand grip to hit her right-handed forehand.
When I have to change the pace... then I do drop shots with my single backhands... but normally.. there is no problems... is just a matter of getting used to adjust your grip..

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anybody with a 2 handed forehand and a 1 handed backhand?
Not that I know of. Two handed forehands are very awkward strokes. People who hit two-handed on either side are doing it to get more power. If they don't have enough strength to hit a one-handed forehand, it's unlikely that they'd be able to hit a one-handed backhand. Every two-handed forehand player I've seen also has a two-handed backhand. Parra Santonja is another example of a player who hits two-handed on both sides.
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She was.... but she was forced to choose one and she choose right if I remember right... but she can use her left hand with continental grip every once in a while...

myself.. I am a ambidextrous tennis player though..
bellascarlett had it right
..but as you say Maria had to choose to play right handed when she was 10 because she could play either way. She can still serve lefthanded and plays those dinkie left hand forehands every now and then. Being good left handed helps with the double-handed BH which is probably Maria's best stroke.
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