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GAME STYLES - Where does your favorite fit in?

These are generally accepted truths about different tennis game styles. Of course, many players blur the lines and do not neccesarily fit neatly into one category.

Who are the best players EVER to play the following games?
Who are the best ACTIVE players on the tour right now?
Do you wish any of your favorites would TRY A NEW STYLE?


AGGRESSIVE BASELINER - An aggressive baseliner tries to win the point by hitting winners from the back of the court, attacking with fast balls that the opponent cannot reach or return properly. She may not try to win the point outright with one shot, but instead may hit the ball from side to side until he spots an opening. Aggressive baseliners normally have at least one great groundstroke (often the forehand). An aggressive baseliner can overpower and overwhelm any opposition. However, when going for winners, she can produce many errors.

DEFENSIVE BASELINER aka. COUNTERPUNCHER - A defensive baseliner, or counterpuncher or retriever, returns every ball and relies on the opponent making mistakes. She has consistent shots, makes few errors of his own while making it difficult for opponents to hit winners. A counterpuncher must have speed and agility to cover the court. He is a fighter, and has to have willingness to chase down every ball to frustrate opponents. Usually he also has great passing shots to score points when the opponent is at the net.

SERVE & VOLLEYERS - A serve and volleyer has a great net game; quick around the net and has great touch for volleys. Serve and volleyers come up to the net at every opportunity when serving. They are almost always attackers and can hit many winners with varieties of volleys and drop volleys.


ALL COURT PLAYERS - All-court players lie somewhere in between baseliners and volleyers. They usually have an attacking game, mixing some groundstrokes and volleys to keep the opponent guessing.

DOUBLES SPECIALISTS - Doubles specialists often possess a combination of an All Court game and are usually competent at serving & volleying. They work better in a team situation and must have excellent reflexes and be able to strategize.

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These are generally accepted truths about different tennis game styles. Of course, many players blur the lines and do not neccesarily fit neatly into one category.

Who are the best players EVER to play the following games?

AGGRESSIVE BASELINER - An aggressive baseliner tries to win the point by hitting winners from the back of the court, attacking with fast balls that the opponent cannot reach or return properly. She may not try to win the point outright with one shot, but instead may hit the ball from side to side until he spots an opening. Aggressive baseliners normally have at least one great groundstroke (often the forehand). An aggressive baseliner can overpower and overwhelm any opposition. However, when going for winners, she can produce many errors.

DEFENSIVE BASELINER aka. COUNTERPUNCHER - A defensive baseliner, or counterpuncher or retriever, returns every ball and relies on the opponent making mistakes. She has consistent shots, makes few errors of his own while making it difficult for opponents to hit winners. A counterpuncher must have speed and agility to cover the court. He is a fighter, and has to have willingness to chase down every ball to frustrate opponents. Usually he also has great passing shots to score points when the opponent is at the net.

SERVE & VOLLEYERS - A serve and volleyer has a great net game; quick around the net and has great touch for volleys. Serve and volleyers come up to the net at every opportunity when serving. They are almost always attackers and can hit many winners with varieties of volleys and drop volleys.


ALL COURT PLAYERS - All-court players lie somewhere in between baseliners and volleyers. They usually have an attacking game, mixing some groundstrokes and volleys to keep the opponent guessing.

DOUBLES SPECIALISTS - Doubles specialists often possess a combination of an All Court game and are usually competent at serving & volleying. They work better in a team situation and must have excellent reflexes and be able to strategize.



AGGRESSIVE BASELINER - An aggressive baseliner tries to win the point by hitting winners from the back of the court, attacking with fast balls that the opponent cannot reach or return properly. She may not try to win the point outright with one shot, but instead may hit the ball from side to side until he spots an opening. Aggressive baseliners normally have at least one great groundstroke (often the forehand). An aggressive baseliner can overpower and overwhelm any opposition. However, when going for winners, she can produce many errors.

Seles


DEFENSIVE BASELINER aka. COUNTERPUNCHER - A defensive baseliner, or counterpuncher or retriever, returns every ball and relies on the opponent making mistakes. She has consistent shots, makes few errors of his own while making it difficult for opponents to hit winners. A counterpuncher must have speed and agility to cover the court. He is a fighter, and has to have willingness to chase down every ball to frustrate opponents. Usually he also has great passing shots to score points when the opponent is at the net.

Sanchez Vicario

SERVE & VOLLEYERS - A serve and volleyer has a great net game; quick around the net and has great touch for volleys. Serve and volleyers come up to the net at every opportunity when serving. They are almost always attackers and can hit many winners with varieties of volleys and drop volleys.

Navratilova

ALL COURT PLAYERS - All-court players lie somewhere in between baseliners and volleyers. They usually have an attacking game, mixing some groundstrokes and volleys to keep the opponent guessing.

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I dont think my fav fits any of those categories. Anytime I watched her play she just had the approach of trying to whack the ball over the net, preferably to her opponents disadvantage. Hasn't work too well though. She's currently languishing outside the top 200.
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i would say patty is a mix between a counterpuncher and an all-court player. she relies on her opponents to make mistakes, but she forces them with her heavy topspin and angles.

at the same time, she's got an excellent drop shot, and will often sneak in behind them, surprising her opponents with clever touch volleys.

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elena is a mix of aggressive baseliner and defensive baseliner.

dementieva + sharapova + bartoli + chakvetadze
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Tati is an all court, I think.
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Serena- Aggressive Baseliner
I would say Serena is an all court player.

The aggressive baseliners we have right now are Pova, Davenport, Pierce and folk like that.

Kim is a Defensive baseliner

Serve and Volley: Other than Lisa Raymond, there are none left

All court players: Serena, Hingis, Henin, MOMO
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These are generally accepted truths about different tennis game styles. Of course, many players blur the lines and do not neccesarily fit neatly into one category.

Who are the best players EVER to play the following games?
Who are the best ACTIVE players on the tour right now?
Do you wish any of your favorites would TRY A NEW STYLE?


AGGRESSIVE BASELINER - An aggressive baseliner tries to win the point by hitting winners from the back of the court, attacking with fast balls that the opponent cannot reach or return properly. She may not try to win the point outright with one shot, but instead may hit the ball from side to side until he spots an opening. Aggressive baseliners normally have at least one great groundstroke (often the forehand). An aggressive baseliner can overpower and overwhelm any opposition. However, when going for winners, she can produce many errors.

DEFENSIVE BASELINER aka. COUNTERPUNCHER - A defensive baseliner, or counterpuncher or retriever, returns every ball and relies on the opponent making mistakes. She has consistent shots, makes few errors of his own while making it difficult for opponents to hit winners. A counterpuncher must have speed and agility to cover the court. He is a fighter, and has to have willingness to chase down every ball to frustrate opponents. Usually he also has great passing shots to score points when the opponent is at the net.

SERVE & VOLLEYERS - A serve and volleyer has a great net game; quick around the net and has great touch for volleys. Serve and volleyers come up to the net at every opportunity when serving. They are almost always attackers and can hit many winners with varieties of volleys and drop volleys.


ALL COURT PLAYERS - All-court players lie somewhere in between baseliners and volleyers. They usually have an attacking game, mixing some groundstrokes and volleys to keep the opponent guessing.

DOUBLES SPECIALISTS - Doubles specialists often possess a combination of an All Court game and are usually competent at serving & volleying. They work better in a team situation and must have excellent reflexes and be able to strategize.
Agressive Baseliner -SERENA WILLIAMS (active). Venus not far behind.

Defensive Counterpuncher - Kim Clijsters (active)

Serve and Volleyer - There aren't many...can't really comment on who's the best.

All Court Player - Serena Williams. Amelie is MORE all-court than Serena, but Serena is much better

Doubles Specialist - Martina Navratilova (active and ALL-TIME)

I only put active, because I'm not really familiar with the games of the all time greats, and I've learned that it's best to not comment, when you don't know the whole story

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