Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game? - TennisForum.com
View Poll Results: Which Style of Tennis works the best in the "Power Era"?
Power Baselining (Williams Sisters, Ivanovic, Dementieva) 58 53.70%
Net Attacking (Raymond, Muhammed) 0 0%
Gallic Flair (Mauresmo, Schnyder) 2 1.85%
Counter-Punching (Jankovic, Hingis, Clijsters) 8 7.41%
Asiatic-style, compact tennis (Zheng, Na, Chan, Bartoli) 2 1.85%
All-Around (Henin) 38 35.19%
Voters: 108. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
DefyingGravity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 9,008
                     
Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

I've seen numerous articles in the past year or so about people wanting to improve their games, and I just want to know what you all think is a better style of tennis to play in todays game. Is it:



Power Baselining-These players have huge strokes, can paint lines like there's no tomorrow, and bully their opponents around with their pace and placement. However, there's usually a glaring weakness (or multiple) within these games, whether it be variety, second serve, net game, or movement.

Examples: Venus and Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva, and many more women

Net Attacker-These players use their strokes and serve to hit as minimal ground strokes as possible to get closer to the net and use their amazing touch. Can also be considered a doubles specialist at times. Their weakness is long rallies at the baseline, which can cause a major disruption to their game

Examples: Lisa Raymond (at times), Asia Muhammed (at times)

Gallic Flair - The all around, topspin geniuses who can hit flashy winners from all over the court, and keep the ball in for the most part (when they make clean contact). Their deft touch, sharp angles, and athleticism make tennis look so easy. However, their fragile temperament tend to make their games fall apart at crucial moments. Obviously, these players are French or a variation on the Gallic people (such as the Swiss or Belgians). Sometimes their shot selection confuses them so much, that they go for the wrong shot at the wrong time.

Examples: Amelie Mauresmo, Patty Schnyder

Counter Punchers - These players live to track down shots and get the ball back in the court. They will force silly looking shots from all over the court and THEN will they attack. These players fall victim to multiple injuries in their lifespan, because their games require so much physically to sustain them. Some of these counter punchers have traits of either the Net Attacker or Gallic players as well.

Examples: Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Kim Clijsters

Asiatic Tennis - These players hug the baseline and hit very flat shots. They don't necessarily have stores of power like the Power Baseliners, but they are adept at using other people's pace resourcefully. These solid players also have great net skills and mental fortitude, yet their lack of stature at times or physical strength can kill their games against the bigger girls of the WTA.

Examples: Li Na, Jie Zheng, Yung-Jan Chan

All-Around - These are the rare few who have enough power to handle the Power Baseliners, have the skill of the Net Attackers and Gallic players, and know when to Counter Punch when it is absolutely necessary. These are usually a class above the rest, and not too many players can play this style. Indeed, they are once in a lifetime. However, if they cannot sustain a physical advantage above the rest of the field, their game can be over powered.

Example: Justine Henin

Next stop: Roland Garros

Ana ('08 RG), Serena (21), Venus (7), Petra (2), Angie ('16 AO)
Vika (2), Sveta (2), Simona, Garbi, Ka. Pliskova
Aussie Kim, Mahree (2), Monica (9), Dokic, Sandrine, Jie
DefyingGravity is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:00 AM
Dubai Love
 
Uranium's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 52,543
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

baselining without doubt

i like net attacking, raymond and mauresmo are the best at it


Uranium is offline  
post #3 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:04 AM
country flag pov
Senior Member
 
pov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 22,596
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

Great topic BTW. One thing that I see is that when someone is successful then others emulate. I think the Williams sisters pretty much brought the power game to the fore and then it was seen as the way to go. Whether that emulation is driven by the up-and-coming players, coaches or both I don't know.

I'd think that the way to go would be to develop as much of an all-round game as possible and then hone one's key strengths and shore up one's weaknesses as much as possible.
pov is offline  
post #4 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:08 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 19,977
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

Baseliner, but you can't just be a ballbasher.




"I wish I were as aggressive and serious as those floors too!!" - GOAT Cynthia Zimmerman
cellophane is offline  
post #5 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:24 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 27,655
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

A baseliner whith great movement, good defense and can finish the point at the net.
Wiggly is offline  
post #6 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:32 AM
Senior Member
 
southpaw58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 667
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

Power Baseliner and All Around are the best currently

Venus Williams. Serena Williams.
southpaw58 is offline  
post #7 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:36 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 22,383
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

Counter Punching





Xxx
Antarctica is offline  
post #8 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:40 AM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Lunaris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bojov <---> Prague
Posts: 7,183
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

It depends on the opponent and the surface. However you can clearly see that most top players are tall, powerful ballbashers baseliners with a big serve.
All court players are often beaten by powerful players who can outhit them in baseline rallies.
btw. I don't agree with some of the examples of players you set but never mind.

Suicide Tennis: Amelia Island 2008
Lunaris is offline  
post #9 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:46 AM
Senior Member
 
AcesHigh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New York
Posts: 10,199
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

I think Hingis and Clijsters fit into a hybrid group. They could both be aggressive, especially Clijsters who could hit with the best of the power baseliners. But, to the point..

You can't just be a power baseliner and expect to "dominate". There's only been one dominant player in the past 5 years and that's been Henin. She was able to rise above the rest b/c of what you said.

In the same way, Serena had weapons(mainly speed) that pulled her above the power baseline class you mentioned. The next dominant player will have an all-around game sufficient to hang with the power baseliners and still deft enough to play with the others.

I always wanted to be somebody. If I made it, it's half because I was game enough to take a lot of punishment along the way and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me.
-Althea Gibson


Quote:
Originally Posted by darrinbaker00 View Post
When will you learn that "pushers" never make it past the club level, let alone #1 on the WTA computer? Will it be too late?
AcesHigh is offline  
post #10 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:58 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 5,487
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

Justine is the BEST ever!!!!!
DimaDinosaur is offline  
post #11 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 04:34 AM
VIP and The Cheesecake Factory
 
danieln1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 20,760
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

All Around, followed closely by Power Baselining, Lindsay´s case, but she´s inteligent on court also, not just a ballbasher



Ivanovic - Görges - Agnieszka - Li - Bencic

Venus - Kvitova - Golden Flowers - A.K. Schmiedlova - Stephens - Stosur - Woz
danieln1 is offline  
post #12 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 04:42 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 21,389
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

Quote:
Originally Posted by dementievavenus View Post
Asiatic Tennis - These players hug the baseline and hit very flat shots. They don't necessarily have stores of power like the Power Baseliners, but they are adept at using other people's pace resourcefully. These solid players also have great net skills and mental fortitude, yet their lack of stature at times or physical strength can kill their games against the bigger girls of the WTA.
I would also add that these players are not taught to think, just to hit. They are only taught the essentials because China is desperate for a tennis champion so they teach the easiest, most unstable games. These players and their games are ruining tennis.
mckyle. is offline  
post #13 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 05:07 AM
Senior Member
 
SIN DIOS NI LEY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Araucania Indomable
Posts: 13,310
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

Spartan tennis
SIN DIOS NI LEY is offline  
post #14 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 06:43 AM
Senior Member
 
Cakeisgood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 3,462
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

Power Baselining is the norm and therefore in my eyes, the most superior. Nowadays, with kids starting so young, all they learn is hitting hard from the baseline because that's the only thing they can do. It will be the prominent gameplay strategy for this generation, and the next, but beyond that may be different.

Maria Sharapova
Jelena Jankovic
| Kvitova | Wozniak | Azarenka | Marino | Dementieva (always) |

In love with Martha.
Cakeisgood is offline  
post #15 of 80 (permalink) Old Mar 10th, 2008, 08:24 AM
goatra
 
Renalicious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 21,765
                     
Re: Which Game Style Works The Best In Todays Game?

Power baseliner - but with Variety in their game like Serena.

People like Bartoli, Yan, Na, Nakamura or often inconsistent although their games are interesting.


serena, jankovic, venus, na, hsieh, date-krumm, jovanovski
makarova, diatchenko, halep, goerges and kvitova

My Youtube Channel
Renalicious is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Image Verification
Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.

Registration Image

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome