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Should Serena use the one handed backhand more?

Its very well known that Serena knows hot to hit a one handed backhand. She exclusively warms up with that particular shot before her matches. Should she use it during actual matches? I know she has hit a one hander in actual competition a few times before. I remember her hitting a one handed backhand down the line against Dementieva at Miami in the finals of 2004. I think Serena's one weakness is being pressured on her backhand side. Hitting hard and deep to Serena's backhand corner has put Serena off balance alot. During the final against Justine Serena wasn't dealing with the backhand to backhand crosscourt rallies well at all. She was spraying those backhands alot. I really think she should slice more when she is on the defensive on the backhand side. When in trouble she should slice the ball alot more. Her backhand slice is a very underrated shot in my opinion.
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Re: Should Serena use the one handed backhand more?

Every shot of Serena's is lethal and one of the best. However, Serena's twohanded backhand is one of the best on tour. And since she has won 8 grand slams playing the way she has, I don't see the reason to fix something that isn't broken. In fact, Serena's problems right now are not technical but merely rust, movement, and her fitness. Nothing with her game. Let the clay begin.
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Re: Should Serena use the one handed backhand more?

this may be stupid but is there a particular reason why Serena warms up with the one handed back hand?
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She plays very well with two, and implements the one hander when she needs to. I see no reason to change it.
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Re: Should Serena use the one handed backhand more?

Nope.
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Re: Should Serena use the one handed backhand more?

Nope.
She had two absolute thuds at net with the one handed backhand, she didn't change her grip and tried a drop volley on the wrong grip.
She's tried aggressive one handed backhand slices but they haven't come at the right time.
If she's going to do that she might as well let it go because it will do more harm than good.

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Nope.
She had two absolute thuds at net with the one handed backhand, she didn't change her grip and tried a drop volley on the wrong grip.
She's tried aggressive one handed backhand slices but they haven't come at the right time.
If she's going to do that she might as well let it go because it will do more harm than good.
He's not talking about a volley or slice. Just your regular one-handed backhand.
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He's not talking about a volley or slice. Just your regular one-handed backhand.
Eww... Why? That's even worse.
Serena's two handed backhand has been the consistent shot throughout her career of her groundstrokes.
Why mess with a great thing.

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Eww... Why? That's even worse.
Serena's two handed backhand has been the consistent shot throughout her career of her groundstrokes.
Why mess with a great thing.
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Its very well known that Serena knows hot to hit a one handed backhand. She exclusively warms up with that particular shot before her matches. Should she use it during actual matches? I know she has hit a one hander in actual competition a few times before. I remember her hitting a one handed backhand down the line against Dementieva at Miami in the finals of 2004. I think Serena's one weakness is being pressured on her backhand side. Hitting hard and deep to Serena's backhand corner has put Serena off balance alot. During the final against Justine Serena wasn't dealing with the backhand to backhand crosscourt rallies well at all. She was spraying those backhands alot. I really think she should slice more when she is on the defensive on the backhand side. When in trouble she should slice the ball alot more. Her backhand slice is a very underrated shot in my opinion.
1. Learning to effectively and technically hit a one-handed backhand mid-career when you have historically had a great two-handed backhand is senseless, and begging for trouble, IMO.

2. Serena's two-handed backhand "issues" from the Miami finals (errors, hitting the ball late, spraying shots) has little do with her backhand, rather, the little extra footspeed it takes for any two-handed backhand player to get in a position to hit a technically effective shot. Serena seemed to be late getting to the ball, which caused the errors, IMO.

Improved lateral footspeed should fix the issue.
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Re: Should Serena use the one handed backhand more?

Have any past champions or even players close to the top changed their backhand mid-career and had success with it? Just wondering.
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Re: Should Serena use the one handed backhand more?

Why? She's already a problem on the backhand so why change what you're doing.

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Re: Should Serena use the one handed backhand more?

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Have any past champions or even players close to the top changed their backhand mid-career and had success with it? Just wondering.
Well, Mats Wilander is the only player that I recall that effectively added the dimension of a one-handed backhand to his arsenal. The following year, he won 3/4 grand slam singles events.

However, given the option, I believe that it is easier for a two-handed player to learn a one-handed backhand, vs a one-handed player to learn a two-handed backhand.

The two-handed backhand wasn't the "norm" in professional tennis until the generation of Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors upped its popularity in the 1970's.

I always felt that one-handed backhand players had an advantage returning service on the ad-court out wide, and getting to sharply angled shots hit to their backhand because they generally don't have to take as many steps to get to the ball. It takes more footwork on the baseline if you are a two-handed backhander.

Another thing that I feel hinders two-handed players is the backhand volley. Its simply not natural for a two-handed backhander to be a great volleyer at the net having to take their hand off the racquet when hitting a backhand volley. That's not to say it can't happen, but it takes a lot more work than what the one-handers have to put in.
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