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I find it hard to agree with that one.
Schiavone is a good example for a devensive player that can still strike a winner when she get's the chance.
what i mean to say is that she ISN'T a counter-attacker a la Coetzer. she is clearly a defensive player, yet an easy ball will be punished - she doesn't produce winners out of no where like Myskina or ClIjsters can.
Jankovic is another player who hits hard, yet runs harder and that's her key in most matches.
I find no way of saying Williams, Henin, Williams and Clijsters (your four GS winners of the year which you say play defensivly) can be considered less than fine shotmakers.
Moreover, the lovely ball bashing Davenport and Pierce showed us that they lost because they were pressured back. It wasn't a case of smart defensive play that gave them victory - it was groundie-blow exchanges, with some extra speed.
Maybe petrova can be called defensive - but that's because her "POW!" shot isn't strong enough. likewise Mauresmo, in a way.
Smashnova at her great 2003 year was a wall of defensive shots, offering top20 players no easy way through.
but that is unique - She completly lacks power to her shot, hitting no more than 5 winners in most of her matches, including the 3-setters.
as you said, most top20 girls today smash the ball so hard, but clearly we can distinct Groenfeld as offensive rather than defensive, so why do the sisters and the belguims recieve special care?
all of this years SF, even Likhovtseva - aren't dashing retrieving devils. they are all girls who bash away - or just wait for the RIGHT bash. that don't mean they are defensive, or even counter-attacking. that's just what you need to win a slam in the past 3-4 seasons.
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