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Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

The question may sound silly as Amelie won only one GS in doubles and has one other doubles title, but every time I see her playing at the net I think that this is really as good as it gets.

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Re: Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

I think there is not much doubt about that. Henin and Petrova are not bad but Momo is a level above them, and two levels above all the other Top 20 players in terms of net proficiency in singles.

Carly Gullickson is a fantastic singles volleyer but she is only #200.
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Re: Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

amelie's volleys were not that great against Hingis. amelie has more reach and a great overhead. justine has better touch volleys and a better, crisper volley. I think really HINGIS, JUJU and MOMO are all very strong at net in different ways. Hingis probably has the best instincts.
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Re: Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

Amelie can be a bit slow at the net and can't produce the best touch or angles. That said, she has fantastic reach and anticipation.

Daniela Hantuchova.

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Re: Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

Best net player in tennis (including ATP)
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Re: Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

along with hingis, yes

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Re: Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

i think mauresmo and hingis are probably the best at net.

and i absolutely LOVE an all court game
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Re: Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

martina has won 9 doubles slams and 1 mixed. she has great feel and touch. but recently, more notably this year, i gues you really cant count the years before her retirment, i think her net game has been off. she misses easy volleys or doesnt put it away. i get so nervous when she ventures to the net these days. its not as reliable as it use to be..

and for mauresmo fans. she is not natural net player. she wasnt born with instincts like martina or touch like justine. ive been following her since 98 when she was coming up the ranks. and back then she was horrible at the net. so many volleys into the net. shes worked on it. and now shes great at the net. she wasnt always an all court player.
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Re: Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

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The question may sound silly as Amelie won only one GS in doubles and has one other doubles title, but every time I see her playing at the net I think that this is really as good as it gets.

What do you think?
I think she is.
What has doubles success to do with it?
Doubles are meaningless for the elite. Is that too difficult to understand?
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Hingis is NOT the best net player in fact Hingis gets passed a lot at net. Mauresmo has better anticipation and a larger reach then Hingis. Mauresmo actually volleys very well. I think the best women volleyer is Venus Williams given the fact Venus is a three time Wimbledon champion.And Venus reach at net is better then anybody. When Venus plays her best she will come to net be aggressive and win.
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I think Mauresmo is great at the net and has some feel. Henin and Petrova have great technique. Hingis has incredible instincts and can do the most with the volley in terms of touch and placement. Martina can also volley from unusual places. I remember her volleying from between the baseline and service line against Mauresmo at the YEC.
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I think she is.
What has doubles success to do with it?
Doubles are meaningless for the elite. Is that too difficult to understand?
i think i understand... the elite focus on singles, because they'll make more money and singles are more celebrated than doubles. you can be a great doubles player, but not be so great at singles. for example, look at Samantha Stosur. she's No. 1 in doubles, but in singles she's top 30. She rely's on having a partner on the court. Left to her own devices, she's good at the net but would be so much better if Lisa Raymond was there. When you're No.1 in the world, you don't need to play doubles because you're doing just fine in singles.

i'm kind of drunk, so sorry if that is a tad incoherent.
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If Hingis is so great at net why doesn't she apply this to her singles matches? Hingis will volley against the low ranked players. However, I've noticed against the top 5 she won't or she doesn' do it enough.
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Re: Is Amelie the best net player currently on the tour?

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I think she is.
What has doubles success to do with it?
Doubles are meaningless for the elite. Is that too difficult to understand?
In today's game not too many top players play doubles, but in the past it was an important aspect of the tour. I do think there is a correlation between good doubles play and good volleys. Think Navratilova, Hingis, Vicario, etc.
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