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Nadia Petrova says Ivanovic's forehand the best.

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"She just rips it off without thinking, sometimes I think she has no idea where it's going to go, but compared to other players, it's by far the best forehand out there," Petrova said.

*cough*, I said that two years ago, Ana has the best forehand I've seen in a long time, it's nearly flawless and if she can set it up it's nearly unreturnable. I was laughing at people saying that Vaidisova had a better forehand, they are not even close.

Maybe now that a player that actually faced her on the court said so they will believe it. They should listen to what I say. In their defense, you can't really appreciate it on its full strenght unless they see it live. That's why I thought Ana was going to do great things two years ago, very few players have impressed me that much the first time I saw them. Ana then had a good serve and a pretty decent net game, and that forehand, a massive weapon, she needed to sort out her backhand that was a huge liability and improve her movement, she's done that but there is a lot of room for improvement.
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Re: Nadia Petrova says Ivanovic's forehand the best.

Nicole Vaidisova is clearly overrated. Ana has the better game. She is slow around the court though and needs to work on her speed moving forward.

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Her forehand has the potential to become the most dominating single stroke on the women's tour.

And yes, there is still so much room for improvement. She isn't just a ball basher. Her net game can be quite descent and at least she's more comfortable there than most players of her generation. Her movement is still a liability but she actually anticipates well and has good defensive skills. The slice can be handy too. If she can build on those areas she really can be one of the more complete players on the circuit.
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a backhanded compliment....nice

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Nadia would know because she played some incredible tennis, but still ended up loosing that match the Los Angeles Final. Yes, Ivanovic has the rocket forehand and the accuracy to go with it. Look out US Open.

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"She just rips it off without thinking, sometimes I think she has no idea where it's going to go, but compared to other players, it's by far the best forehand out there," Petrova said.

*cough*, I said that two years ago, Ana has the best forehand I've seen in a long time, it's nearly flawless and if she can set it up it's nearly unreturnable. I was laughing at people saying that Vaidisova had a better forehand, they are not even close.

Maybe now that a player that actually faced her on the court said so they will believe it. They should listen to what I say. In their defense, you can't really appreciate it on its full strenght unless they see it live. That's why I thought Ana was going to do great things two years ago, very few players have impressed me that much the first time I saw them. Ana then had a good serve and a pretty decent net game, and that forehand, a massive weapon, she needed to sort out her backhand that was a huge liability and improve her movement, she's done that but there is a lot of room for improvement.
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Ana has the best forehand on the tour IMO

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Petrova: "Ana's forehand is the best by far"

August 13, 2007 / Los Angeles

Nadia Petrova, whom Ana defeated 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the East West Bank Classic, gave a generous tribute to the teenager. She praised almost every aspect of Ana’s game.

“I would say she just rips it off without event thinking,” the world No.9 said about Ana’s instinctive forehand. “Comparing with any other players, it is the best forehand by far on tour.”

She continued: "Her fitness coach did a good job with her, she's lost some weight and is dangerous. Even out of difficult positions she's coming up with big shots."

Petrova was also impressed by the variety in Ana’s game. She said: “She mixed it up well. You never what she was going to come up with. You had to be very alert to read what was coming.

“It was a very solid game from her today. It was about the break and she did it. I could not break her back. I was trying but it did not work out.”
Nice words from Nadia.

Ana's inside-out FH winner on the SP was scary... and her reaction as well. I loved it.

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Re: Nadia Petrova says Ivanovic's forehand the best.

She's more than a forehand though...she's showing the mental stability of a true champion. Her performances at Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and now LA have been really impressive (in terms of not letting close matches go south). She's got #1 in her sights for sure.

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really nice words from nadia

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Re: Nadia Petrova says Ivanovic's forehand the best.

Was there any doubt
But I still think Kim's FH, when on, was the best in the world...
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Re: Nadia Petrova says Ivanovic's forehand the best.

her movement has improved significantly over the last year, since she started working with that Australian guy Scott. her fitness is so much better, and that's why she made such an improvement this year, she is more confident that she can get every ball, and is really trying to do that on the court.

of course the forehand is the best at the moment, and combined with a strong serve makes her very, very hard to beat (two players said that: Jelena and Nadia, after playing Ana, and they have played her before, but never made these kind of comments...).
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i've always though her footwork was decent.... it's not amelie, justine, serena, venus status, but does it need to be? she can play defensive shots well and is definitely faster than other top players.

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Nadia would know because she played some incredible tennis, but still ended up loosing that match the Los Angeles Final. Yes, Ivanovic has the rocket forehand and the accuracy to go with it. Look out US Open.
nadia played well in the final?
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