Re: Who has the better backhand? Justine, Serena or Jelena?
Jelena has an awesome backhand. Serena has a great backhand but it doesn't impress me nearly as much as Jelena's.
Justine's backhand is not and has never been anything extraordinary. It is pretty, yes, and capable defensively, yes, and overall is an excellent shot, good for putaways even. But she simply does not pin opponents with her backhand the way the other greats of this generation (Williamsx2, Hingis, Lindsay, Sharapova) are able to. I would put her backhand about even with Serena's.
"It’s always been, ‘I wonder what she’s got, Sharapova?’, because I don’t see that she’s got something that special… Or do you know? Can you tell? What’s so exceptional about her?”
-- Legend, shortly before crushing Vulturepova