Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Not paradise thats fo sho
Re: Who has the better forehand? Svetlana, Ana or Patty? (and maybe Davenport)
I think it's Sveta. Ana's DTL is spectacular but Sveta beats her when it comes to FH CC and off FH. She hits her FH better when she's off-balance as well. Plus, her speed (which is severely underrated btw) allows her more time to set up. Of course, Sveta also brain-farts more with the forehand compared to Ana. Like she'd have run her opponent ragged around the court with her punishing forehands and she'd get a short ball and whack it into the net.
Patty's FH is pretty damn remarkable too, but she's always more content rallying than finishing off the point. I love how she puts so many different spins on the ball. I don't think any other player matches her in terms of weird FH spins.
Lindsay's FH is clean and flat. Bang Bang Bang. Corners Corners Corners. Very very explosive and deadly. But on the defensive she loops it back too short, unlike Sveta or Ana. They slice it back and manage to keep it low (sveta's deeper than ana's though).
Overall, I think Ana's FH is the one that has plenty of room to improve. It's already terrific, if she works on it further, undoubtedly she'd be one of the best.