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Chakvetadze: My perception of her game

Let me know if you agree. I love tennis, but I don't know everything. For instance, a lot of people say Anna's strokes are flat (which they are), but I see a lot of spin on her loopy forehands. I've noticed that her strokes have a slow, calculated speed to them which mesmerizes me. Her shots are like strobe lights streaming around the court. That's what I see when I watch Anna play.


Anna Chakvetadze plays a looping forehand

What makes her so impressive?

Most commentators and even other WTA players would describe 20-year-old Top 10’er Anna Chakvetadze as a Russian version of tennis’ most clever player Martina Hingis; mainly because of Anna’s uncanny ability to hit shots at hypnotizing angles. Like Hingis and even Anastasia Myskina, Anna places her shots well. Most tennis players who focus on placement are strategists whose shot selections are well-thought out.

Analysis of her game:

Overall, Anna has flat groundstrokes that occasionally have topspin for a careening lob or a looping forehand. Flat groundstrokes are for the purpose of direct contact between the ball and the court. The flatness of a shot is not only indicated through vision, but there’s a hollow sound when the ball makes contact with the racquet strings. If to compare Anna’s shots to anything, they’re like whirling hooks that kiss each corner of the court. Anna’s game is high-percentage, which accounts for her routinely low amount of unforced errors in her matches. Every shot is a component of a system, in other words, a strategy.

How does her game fair against other players?

Anna has given Maria Sharapova trouble in their various match-ups, most notably at the 2007 Australian Open Quarterfinals, where Anna had a chance to serve for the set but the crucial points were squandered. Anna has proven she can beat Top 10 players, and even Top 5 players, most notably Nadia Petrova who’s frequently psyched out by Anna’s clever game. If Anna doesn’t become tight at crucial points, Anna can beat the best of them.

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Let me know if you agree. I love tennis, but I don't know everything. For instance, a lot of people say Anna's strokes are flat (which they are), but I see a lot of spin on her loopy forehands. I've noticed that her strokes have a slow, calculated speed to them which mesmerizes me. Her shots are like strobe lights streaming around the court. That's what I see when I watch Anna play.


Anna Chakvetadze plays a looping forehand at 2007 Hobart Tournament

What makes her so impressive?

Most commentators and even other WTA players would describe 20-year-old Top 10’er Anna Chakvetadze as a Russian version of tennis’ most clever player Martina Hingis; mainly because of Anna’s uncanny ability to hit shots at hypnotizing angles. Like Hingis and even Anastasia Myskina, Anna places her shots well. Most tennis players who focus on placement are strategists whose shot selections are well-thought out.

Analysis of her game:

Overall, Anna has flat groundstrokes that occasionally have topspin for a careening lob or a looping forehand. Flat groundstrokes are for the purpose of direct contact between the ball and the court. The flatness of a shot is not only indicated through vision, but there’s a hollow sound when the ball makes contact with the racquet strings. If to compare Anna’s shots to anything, they’re like whirling hooks that kiss each corner of the court. Anna’s game is high-percentage, which accounts for her routinely low amount of unforced errors in her matches. Every shot is a component of a system, in other words, a strategy.

How does her game fair against other players?

Anna has given Maria Sharapova trouble in their various match-ups, most notably at the 2007 Australian Open Quarterfinals, where Anna had a chance to serve for the set but the crucial points were squandered. Anna has proven she can beat Top 10 players, and even Top 5 players, most notably Nadia Petrova who’s frequently psyched out by Anna’s clever game. If Anna doesn’t become tight at crucial points, Anna can beat the best of them.
I've never actually seen her play, but interesting analysis. I'm excited to see her game in action. Especially against a power player like say Safarova. I also find her complete dominance of petrova intriguing. But has she beaten any other top players?
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i dont agree that she hits flat shots.

Her shots tend to have a fair amount of loopy ness to them. Ive seen her play before live and i hit hader and flatter. Mind you im a guy, so if she outhit me id be concerned but still she has great angles for a girl. Thats what makes her special. That and her passing shots. Shes not powerfull tho.
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Schnyder, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Safina, Dementieva, Golovin, Myskina, Stevenson

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I've never actually seen her play, but interesting analysis. I'm excited to see her game in action. Especially against a power player like say Safarova. I also find her complete dominance of petrova intriguing. But has she beaten any other top players?
Me too. Anna's beat Myskina in 2004, Elena Dementieva last year. She had her chances of beating Sharapova at this year's Australian Open.

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Schnyder, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Safina, Dementieva, Golovin, Myskina, Stevenson
Stevenson!! I said top players.

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I think that Anna has a very good game.

But she can be overpowered, I think. Her serve and forehand are pretty weak shots, though her forehand can be used to set points up. I'm pretty mystified as to why she couldn't put drive volleys away at AO, in particular against Sharapova. Was it her shoulder?

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I don't buy that she dominates Nadia. Too bad they're in different halves at IW.
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I think that Anna has a very good game.

But she can be overpowered, I think. Her serve and forehand are pretty weak shots, though her forehand can be used to set points up. I'm pretty mystified as to why she couldn't put drive volleys away at AO, in particular against Sharapova. Was it her shoulder?
I think it was her shoulder. Even though I understand why when she had the chance to put a couple balls away, she hit it right back to Sharapova. Maybe she was nervous and a bit tired from the heat. I wonder if Anna and Sharapova have ever played indoors.

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[FONT="Century Gothic"]Anna Chakvetadze plays a looping forehand at 2007 Hobart Tournament
This picture was taken at Miami, not Hobart

I like Anna's game. I don't think her shots are flat though

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This picture was taken at Miami, not Hobart

I like Anna's game. I don't think her shots are flat though
Oh really?! wow thanks.

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i find her boring
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Anna's trump is heart and mind! Huge! Chakvetadze has a truly fierce competitive desire that raises her beyond just strokes. You get the feeling with this gal that it is life and death on court. Only top champions have this intangible plus. Yes, Anna is a special player.
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i was excited to see her play at the australian open because of all the talk. but i was completely unimpressed watching her against pova.

she looked confused, not very bright, and not very determined.

still not sure why people think she's so great.
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Anna is a hard-hitter just like any youngter for me. When I'll see her dropshot and go to the net more than one time in a match then we'll talk about Hingis and Myskina.

like Elena D and unlike Hingis and Myskina, when she got her opponent barely reaching the ball she doesn't come to the net to finish it.

She does have the potential though, she hit better angles than almost everyone I've seen! but she doesn't seem willing to add more parts to her game.. every time when I see her its the same.

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