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
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