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Steffi Graf 129 76.33%
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Graf's forehand vs Ivanovic's forehand

Someone started this thread on Tennis Warehouse. It's really caught on big time (they don't talk that much womens Tennis there usually) , so I thought I would canvass opinion here. Opinion over there seems evenly split with a slight edge to Graf. For Ivanovic, it's the usual argument that today, they hit harder than before so Ivanovic has the better forehand.

My opinion? Having seen both players live over the years, I can say that in the last 12 months Ana's forehand has been amazing, it's an inspired shot, when it's on she hits those winners by sheer instinct and it's breathtaking to watch. But I think her game can go off too. I think Graf has technically an amazing forehand - despite cracking the ball off the hip often, her movement to get into position was also amazing (running around backhand to hit forehand often) her down the line forehand and inside out forehand were special shots. I think Graf takes it.

That's my opinion, what's yours?
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Graf.

Only because she has better footwork.

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I love Ana, and her forehand is good, but Steffi's is the best of all time. I wouldn't even compare Lindsay's FH to Steffi's, let alone Ana's. Steffi's FH was a high-risk shot, but she could rely on it so much of the time over her very long career. Her footwork was unmatched aswell.
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Re: Graf's forehand vs Ivanovic's forehand

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Graf had a better forehand because she could do anything with it and with power!Ivanovic also can do anything with her forehand,but not always!Sometimes she does not have a control and that is the main difference plus foot work!
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Graf's hands-down. I mean it has carried her to 22 Slams after all. And that inside out forehand looked like a cowboy shooting from the hip - deadly.

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Re: Graf's forehand vs Ivanovic's forehand

Nobody's quite matches up to Graf's.

The best in women's tennis at the moment are those of Ivanovic, Dementieva, and then further down the list Davenport and Serena because all of her shots carry weight. Last year, Henin's forehand was the best in tennis.

So, Ivanovic vs Graf:

The one area where Ivanovic outflanks Graf is that her forehand down-the-line is a much more natural shot. Graf only hit that shot when she had to, and being the great champion she was, in the moments when she needed to pull them out them bag, she could. But she sometimes lost matches to Seles or Sanchez-Vicario she might have won had she hit that shot at will. Ivanovic does hit that shot as much at will as any player ever has.

That said, nobody comes close to Graf. She hit far more rhythmically than any other player ever has done on the forehand - Ivanovic, Dementieva, Davenport, etc, only accelerate at select moments, when they pick their spot and nail a winner.

Graf nailed ALL of her forehands. There were no lofty, topspun defensive shots. As soon as Graf was able to hit her forehand, her opponents cowered in fear, almost as if waiting for a crack of thunder.

Another thing to remember about Graf's forehand was the angles she produced, the depth she always hit to, and the LOW centre of gravity at which she hit. Her forehands - and backhands, for that matter -- were hit SO low over the net, which gave her opponents less leverage to produce powerful replies.

Yet Steffi could also handle lofty shots to her forehand, as she showed against Martinez and Sabatini. She was able to jump into each shot, both feet in the air, such was her athleticism. She was an unrealised ballet dancer. Her footwork, along with her arm speed, produced the shot.

Graf could always reply with greater depth and power, from depth and power - as Venus Williams found in these clips.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd7_hUhRRvA

In short, she hit the best forehand ever. Nothing matches up to it.
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Graf wins this easily I haven't seen a single shot in the womens game that's ever wreaked as much havok against every player she played. I remember her playing in the mixed at Wimbledon in 99 and cracking clean winners off of Justin Gimmelstobs mighty serve with her forehand.

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graf because her forehand was rarely off
ivanovic on the other hand when its off

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Which idiot would even attempt to compare a 22 slam winner's any shot to a zero slam winner overhyped girl's shots?
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It's funny how people are talking about Graf as if she is some kind of super human Fact is she is the most overrated player in history. You wouldn't be worshiping her as much if someone could've stopped Parche or if the whack job had never existed
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Steffi's forehand is greater. Her footwork, which is superior to basically any player on the women's tour, let alone Ana, is a big reason why.

I do disagree with some of the people saying Ana's forehand can be off though. Especially in comparison to other players who go for big shots on their forehand, the consistency Ana has match-to-match with her forehand is amazing. It can be off, but those matches are far and few between.
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