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1984 Navratilova Volley 19 17.76%
1988/1996 Graf Forehand 53 49.53%
1977 Evert Backhand 9 8.41%
2002 S. Williams Serve 26 24.30%
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Best Shot In Women's Tennis History?

After watching a bit of that Graf/Navratilova piece, it made me realize how their two shots (Graf's Forehand and Navratilova's backhand) are among the all time greats. Who else is up there, and who is tops - at their peak mind you? And don't mention anyone in today's game who doesn't have multiple grand slam titles, because they all are wannabes.

Chris Evert's Backhand
Martina Navratilova's Volley
Steffi Graf's Forehand
Serena William's Serve

I'd give my vote to Chris Evert's backhand, simply because she started the shot that 95% of today's players currently use. You don't win 199 out of 200 matches on clay out of luck.

Graf's forehand is a close second, followed by Navratilova's Volley. Peak Serena's serve was very good, but not quite in their league.
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Re: Best Shot In Women's Tennis History?

Serena? PeakSerena? SerenaForehand?
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After watching a bit of that Graf/Navratilova piece, it made me realize how their two shots (Graf's Forehand and Navratilova's backhand) are among the all time greats. Who else is up there, and who is tops - at their peak mind you? And don't mention anyone in today's game who doesn't have multiple grand slam titles, because they all are wannabes.

Chris Evert's Backhand
Martina Navratilova's Volley
Steffi Graf's Forehand
Serena William's Serve

I'd give my vote to Chris Evert's backhand, simply because she started the shot that 95% of today's players currently use. You don't win 199 out of 200 matches on clay out of luck.

Graf's forehand is a close second, followed by Navratilova's Volley. Peak Serena's serve was very good, but not quite in their league.
Absolutely!!!!!!! I would give a special mention to the following Hingis' drop shot and her topspin lob. Such amazing shots in the past decade. So subtle yet so deadly and most of the time unexpected, unless you know how magical her hands are and were.

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Hoping to see great tennis from Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Mary Pierce, Amelie Mauresmo, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Venus's backhand rocks!!!!!!!!!

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In terms of winning points? Serena's serve. She is nearly guaranteed a couple of aces or service winners a game when she's serving well.
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Re: Best Shot In Women's Tennis History?

Serena's serve, Justine's backhand.

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Isha's swing finding out MCDonalds Clown wasn't real.
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I don't know about general shots, but there was a volley Kim hit in the 2003 Year ending championsips against Amelie Mauresmo that was the best shot I've ever seen a woman hit EVER!

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Chris's backhand

But the best single shot I've seen hit was when Hingis took a high shot from Serena in the 2001 AO QF out of the air almost at the baseline and smacked it right into the corner.

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Graf forehand. Enough said!

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Justine's "ripper" backhand

The Hingis Lob
The Schnyder drop shot
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Justine's "ripper" backhand

The Hingis Lob
The Schnyder drop shot
Yes I totally forgot the Patty Schnyder drop shot, such an exquisite shot.

Sanchez Vicario had a lethal drop shot as well, Hingis's and hers are for sure the best drop shots in the modern game.

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Justine's "ripper" backhand

The Hingis Lob
The Schnyder drop shot
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And Stefi's forehand

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Some of these posters clearly haven't seen any of Evert/Graf/Nav at their peaks

They'd beat all of these jokers in straight sets. Seles would too for that matter.

Anyway, Serena's serve didn't completely eclipse every other person in that department. Although she definitely showed hers was superior to her sisters, Venus's serve at her peak just lacks the placement and consistency that Serena's does, however she still rarely loses points on it - the difference was her second serve.

Graf beat 3 generations worth of players with basically that one shot - her forehand. However, it has yet to have the impact on other players to adopt it.

Navratilova's serve was good, but it was her volley that stood out. Point blank - best of all time.

Evert's backhand never missed, and inspired 95% of posterity to adopt a similar version.

Justine's backhand is good, but not all-time special. Please watch some older matches.
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Absolutely!!!!!!! I would give a special mention to the following Hingis' drop shot and her topspin lob. Such amazing shots in the past decade. So subtle yet so deadly and most of the time unexpected, unless you know how magical her hands are and were.
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Some of these posters clearly haven't seen any of Evert/Graf/Nav at their peaks

They'd beat all of these jokers in straight sets. Seles would too for that matter.

Anyway, Serena's serve didn't completely eclipse every other person in that department. Although she definitely showed hers was superior to her sisters, Venus's serve at her peak just lacks the placement and consistency that Serena's does, however she still rarely loses points on it - the difference was her second serve.

Graf beat 3 generations worth of players with basically that one shot - her forehand. However, it has yet to have the impact on other players to adopt it.

Navratilova's serve was good, but it was her volley that stood out. Point blank - best of all time.

Evert's backhand never missed, and inspired 95% of posterity to adopt a similar version.

Justine's backhand is good, but not all-time special. Please watch some older matches.
I agree. I wouldn't put the shots of anyone today with these all-time greats.

Anyway, I picked Graf's forehand since I've never seen more than a few matches of Evert. I think the Seles backhand deserves a mention too..

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