Re: Question:What was Capriati's weapon of choice
Greatest asset- Speed around the court allied by her great anticipation. also forehand crosscourt and backhand up the line. Backhand usually more reliable, but forehand able to generate more spectacular winners, particukary in a off-balance position.
Forehand- Could be amazing at times. Great length and angle she could generate from this shot. Could go off a bit though, especially on the return. Became more of a threat in the long rallies rather than the immediate big shot.
Backhand- extremely reliable. only critique was that it could go a bit loopier than the forehand, thus allowing her opponents to pounce on the shorter ball.
Did she come to net often- Only after good groundstrokes set up an easy volley. Never one to come to the net and create the winning volley. It had to be an easy one for her to puttaway.
Serve- Got better as her career went on. Had major issues with in 2002, but found a more consistent technique in 2003-04, which didnt make her serve that much of an issue anymore.
Power- To an extent. Not the same kind of raw power like Venus, Seles etc, but gave the ball a hefty crack, particulary on the forehand. Serve could reach 166mph too, so quite a lot of power in capriati's game at times.
Court coverage- Excellent. The grinder of the WTA. Had to win the points about 5 times to finish her off in a rally.