Why Anna is such a good doubles player, compared to singles
I watch the tape of the Chanda/Anna vs Venus/Serena last night. The reason why Anna is so good at doubles is obvious. She a REALLY good volleyer. She has tremendous touch, fast reflexes, can move like lightening, bends her knees really well and has someone to talk to. Anna's like a relay swimmer. She just performs better as part of a team.
But shouldn't 'tremendous touch, fast reflexes, can move like lightening, bends her knees really well' translate to singles? Not necessarily, for two reasons.
a) She doesn't have someone to talk to in singles.
b) In singles, she has to work her way into net. In doubles, she's already there.
Working your way to net is nearly a lost art on the WTA tour. Justine does it well. Serena has improved leaps and bounds in that area since April 1st. Amelie has the shots to do. But most of the tour treats half-volleying like being dropped face first into a pit of slugs on 'Fear Factor'.
Almost all of them can play from the baseline. A subset can volley. Most can't get from the baseline to the net without being passed. This despite the fact that no one on tour can spell 'offensive lob' but Patty Schnyder and Conchi.
If Anna could learn to hit moving into the ball, instead of being stationary or moving sideways, she'd have a chance to get to net behind an approach shot. But my estimation of Anna's volleying has really risen. That's one aspect of her game where she still looks comfortable. She's looked like a better volleyer than Justine in this match.
And hey, Pan Shriver's in the Hall of Fame. Anna as its postergirl might just jumpstart the popularity of doubles.
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Last edited by Volcana; Jul 10th, 2002 at 06:58 PM.