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IS the two handed forehand a dying class

Ive always beleived in two-handers especially after monica seles and shuai success. But now with Shuai and Bartoli losing early rounds. Do you think that any two handed forehanders have the ability to be in the top 10 now?

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yes i dont see why not

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Re: IS the two handed forehand a dying class

I hope they are a dying breed.
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Re: IS the two handed forehand a dying class

Sure they do! Bartoli of course is having a bad season so far, but once she gets on a roll, she can always be a threat to the top players.

Shaui on the other hand, I think her play so far this year has been rather impressive. She has had terrible luck with her draws so far, but she has to get a lucky break sooner or later. She should do well at the Australian Open.

I know people try to say that the two-handed forehand has disadvantages, but just like the double-handed backhand it also has its advantages. It's just more natural to pick up a racquet with one hand for the forehand stroke and it seems like coaches are always teaching their students this. It would be a great thing to have more two handers off both sides.

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Shuai will acheive alot and wait until Ayumi Morita makes her way into MDs in the future.

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Re: IS the two handed forehand a dying class

It died when Seles left the game (even though she hasn't officialy retired, I just can't see her coming back on tour). Bartoli and Peng are the other two "big" names who use the double-handed forehands, but none hit it like Seles.

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the two-handed forehand is, in a word, retarded.

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Re: IS the two handed forehand a dying class

Its just that peng and bartoli are big hitters but now big enough hitters to be moving so slow. I think that they have to work on their fitness because using two handed on both sides takes so much energy out of it, i know the feeling. The reason i think yan zi and morigami dont do that well is that they are passive sometimes in their nature and for two handers that just something you cant do. But the thing is i doubt there will be a super fast two hander any time soon.

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Re: IS the two handed forehand a dying class

in todays game you've got to be a bloody good player to get away with a two handed forehand. Even Seles realised later in her career that she needed to the ability to hit one handed forehands when stretched.

Bartoli and Peng show you can still be successful but they also show that it's difficult to maintain consistency with it (espescially when you're not a particularly good athlete)
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Re: IS the two handed forehand a dying class

it was never a class, very few players do it. and those who do use, have to very well, ala monica seles.
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I can play two handed, sometimes more consistently than one handed. At first it was a little awkward and my swing was very mechanical and missed often, but now it's more of a circular swing and I can hit them quite well. Not in matches, I'm just talking about practice. But I can still hit them low, deep & hard.

I don't think it will be a dying breed. There's Morita who's an impressive junior, she should make some strides on the tour in a few years. And Bartoli & Peng (at least Peng hasn't) been to the top of their games yet, so there's still a future for the two hander.
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Re: IS the two handed forehand a dying class

Personally, I think that Monica will be the last Grand Slam winner with a 2-handed forehand.
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Re: IS the two handed forehand a dying class

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I hope they are a dying breed.


Actually, the two-handed forehand is very rare in the professional ranks historically.
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