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Why can women not return serves that men can?

The return seems to be more about timing and court position, not just strength, so why do women struggle to return 100MPH serves when men often return 130MPH, even 140MPH serves? Maybe when the ball becomes that fast, it actually does require quite a bit of strength to control the return?

Anybody have any insight for me?
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Re: Why can women not return serves that men can?

You just answered yourself.
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You just answered yourself.
Okay, that's what I figured. Just wanted some confirmation.
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Re: Why can women not return serves that men can?

Yes, I think you answered yourself but also the times I have seen women players return serves they do fine. Women return men's serves all the time in mixed doubles and if I recall correctly one year Martina Hingis played Hopman Cup and she was returning 120 mph serves from Ivanisevic and he even said he couldn't believe she could do that.

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Re: Why can women not return serves that men can?

the 100 mph serves are well placed.... its not like they are just sitting in the middle of the box.... And Im sure if there were woman players serving 140 mph.... then the women would get use to playing against them and returning them...

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Re: Why can women not return serves that men can?

Serena can return men's serves,

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Okay, that's what I figured. Just wanted some confirmation.
Okay, now figure this, male players don't return 130 mphs serves very often.
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Re: Why can women not return serves that men can?

Jelena returned amazingly well at Wimbledon in mixed doubles. Absolutely hammered some of Bjorkman's serves.

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Okay, now figure this, male players don't return 130 mphs serves very often.
I've watched Roddick getting owned enough times that even when he serves 125-135MPH consistently, there are guys who can still hand his ass to him.
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I've watched Roddick getting owned enough times that even when he serves 125-135MPH consistently, there are guys who can still hand his ass to him.
Yeah, Roddick the king of placement.
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Re: Why can women not return serves that men can?

They're just not used to it. But some are certainly capable of returning men's serves. Azarenka was killing Bjorkman's serve at Wimbledon.

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Re: Why can women not return serves that men can?

Also.... note theres a reason why the mens game its more important to hold serve than it is the womens...cause clearly they have problems returning them as well...

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Do you remember when Barbora Strycova served an ace against James Blake? That was at Hopman Cup in 2005 (I think)

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Re: Why can women not return serves that men can?

Well obviously you need some strength to have resistance from the speed of the ball.

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Do you remember when Barbora Strycova served an ace against James Blake? That was at Hopman Cup in 2005 (I think)
Serena served about 3 against Djokovic this year at the Hopman.

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