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Venus' backhand?

Has Venus' backhand gotten worse as her forehand has gotten better?
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Re: Venus' backhand?

No I think its still her most solid shot......
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Re: Venus' backhand?

No, it's more diverse now. I remember in 2003 during the Wimbledon quarters against Davenport, JMac was saying that he wished Vee would develop a slice one hander so she can reach better when on the run. She has. Her backhand down the line is still one of the most feared shots in tennis. She used it well at Wimbledon.
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Why would anyone think that?

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Someone said it had went backwards which is rubbish it's better than ever now.

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Re: Venus' backhand?

It's worse.. outside of Wimbledon, the shot hasn't been great.

The backhand used to be hands-down the best in tennis. Now, I don't think it's top 5. Serena, Henin, Jankovic, and a few others have as good.. if not better backhands.

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It's worse.. outside of Wimbledon, the shot hasn't been great.

The backhand used to be hands-down the best in tennis. Now, I don't think it's top 5. Serena, Henin, Jankovic, and a few others have as good.. if not better backhands.
I had a feeling you would come in here and say something like that. No offense.

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It's worse.. outside of Wimbledon, the shot hasn't been great.

The backhand used to be hands-down the best in tennis. Now, I don't think it's top 5. Serena, Henin, Jankovic, and a few others have as good.. if not better backhands.
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Well.. I wish Venus would work on it more. This started happening back in 2004-2005 IMO when Venus seemed to give too much attention to her forehand which became more consistent, but her backhand deteriorated. It's still a very good shot, but you will not see her hit as many winners from it as she used to.

It's become more of a defensive shot and less of an offensive one. The forehand has become formidable, and I prefer for her to be solid off the ground on both sides, but I do miss the killer backhand she once had.

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but I do miss the killer backhand she once had.
I tell you what. Next time she's on television...try opening your eyes.

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venus has always had and will always have one of the best backhand's there is period. of course a shot doesnt work well each day. sometimes there wont be any rhythm other times it could be due to an injury or mental. but still its rock solid most of the time and huge weapon and thats all you have to care about.

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i am sure it isnt the top that belongs to henin
but sure is in top 5 i guess
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Re: Venus' backhand?

I just think her forehand has gotten better, plain and simple! FYI - She and Serena also use the open stance two-handed backhand which gives them more time to recover after hitting the stroke. It also makes it much easier to go down the line!

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Re: Venus' backhand?

Serena has the best backhand in tennis in my view, and Justine the most attrcative, Venus would be behind the two.

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I tell you what. Next time she's on television...try opening your eyes.

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Maybe you should remove ur rose-colored glasses and compare Venus 2007 with Venus 1997-2002

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