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Players with GREAT technique

Which players today have good technique? I mean good all round technique. THis doesn't mean you are a good all around player but at least you have the technical proficiency/know how to hit the shots that you hit. Afterall these are PROFESSIONAL tennis players.

Watching Serena hit a routine backhand volley outside of the doubles alley with that awful technique of hers... I was embarrassed for her.

Some players in my opinion.

Henin (I know she retired) This is one reason she will be sorely missed. From the footwork, weight transfer to actual stroke production it is sheer perfection. On ALL shots in her arsenal.

Ana Ivanovic: Good stroke production on all her shots. The toss on her serve sometimes gets a little too far to the right, but because of her good technique she still hits a good serve despite this.

Mauresmo: Great technique from her western forehand to her sublime volleys. I have always wondered how someone with such a western grip and topspin forehand is so adept with a continental grip and volleys. Her technique is fantastic.

Svetlana Kuznetsova: The first time I saw her play I was astounded by her technique which resembled more atp players than wta.

Daniela Hantuchova: Good effortless technique. She relies on technique and great timing to produce some really good stuff.

Lindsay Davenport: Not much to be said that we don't already know. Clean striker of the ball. Fantastic, classic technique. One can only imagine how she would have performed with a more athletic body.


Please no dumb replies about results. It doesn't have to be said that technique is not the be all end all, but when you combine great technique with a champion's spirit, you get players like Henin and Federer.
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Nice list, but I really don't think Ivanovic belongs there yet. She definitely needs to work on some of her shots.

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And yet w/ Serena's "horrible technique" she's manage to acheive more than all the players you have listed. And as for Henin, who combined a Champions spirit w/ great technique, she still managed to not achieve more than Serena even though Serena went awol for like 2 years and barely played and slipped outside the top 100.
So I guess the tour during the last decade must be really craptastic if bad technique bad footwork rena can win 8 slams and become the most accomplished player of the last 8 years.

pshht... it's not a dumb reply to talk about achievement. I'm tired of people dismissing Serena as if she's a horrible tennis player who only wins cuz she's athletic (which is borderline racist anyways). She has good technique, she has great technique otherwise there is no way in hell she could have won 8 slams and 4 slams in a row on all surfaces.

And Serena doesn't know how to hit the shots she's supposed to hit?? complete and utter bull shit.
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Serena has sublime technique on her backhand and serve.

Her volleys and her forehand need urgent work.

When she's on, her forehands and volleys are wonderful.

But when she's off, her footwork and technique on her forehand is

Also, I don't think Momo's forehand is that good.

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Nice list, but I really don't think Ivanovic belongs there yet. She definitely needs to work on some of her shots.
You know, I was a little reserved about putting her on the list.

However my reticence was because of the dumb errors she can make, which are not due to her technique but a result of her going for way too much at bad times or when she hasn't found her rhythm.''

She has worked tremendously on her volleys and the technique is good on them now (compared to early in her career when they were below average). She has also vastly improved the technique on her backhand. Of course the forehand and the serve have been good.
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Szavay has brilliant technique on her backhand, top notch stuff.

Serena's technique on her backhand is good, her forehand is pathetic. Horrible footwork on that side and no clue what to do when the ball is hit down the center of the court.

Kuznetsova has good technique on her forehand, lots of weight transfer and racquet speed.

Those are just the ones that come to mind now.

A young player I noticed this week with great technique is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. I haven't seen her play since late 2006 and it's stunning the improvements she's made. Both her forehand and her backhand are very nice shots, with great footwork and weight transfer. She always seemed in position to hit the crosscourt shot (in the first set, anyway).

Nice thread idea.

Good technique can only take you so far. I mean look at Jankovic, who has HORRIBLE technique yet manages to stay in the Top5. Chakvetadze is a mess, so is Hantuchova (don't know what the OP was thinking) and Bartoli just looks awkward because of her two-handed forehand and backhand.

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There's a difference between technique and success. It's not an attack on any players, at least that's not how i see it.

Nadal has some of the weirdest and ugliest technique on some shots IMO, but he's one of the greatest to play the game. Same with Venus. However, both have excellent technique on some of their shots. Just not all.

And about Ivanovic, she's getting there. But her footwork is still poor at times and her backhand and volleys could use some sharpening and consistency in terms of technique IMO. Her serve and forehand have been good. But she seems to have a good base from which to work from. When you have good technique, you always have a high ceiling.

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Yeah, Ivanovic's backhand technique is quite exquisite, but her forehand is questionable... I find that her forehand technique is a bit flawed in that her racquet is upright when she makes contact with the ball sometimes. When I say this, I mean the racquet face and wrist are pointing too much towards the sky. Sure this shot can produce beauties, but it's very inconsitent and not high percentage IMO.

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Obviously her forehand is among the best in the world, but I'm just being picky.
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Serena's footwork is often worse than the, unusual, technique. I love every part of Hantuchova's game though. Flawless technique. On the men's side there are a ton as well. Federer, Djokovic, and Gasquet are my top picks.

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And yet w/ Serena's "horrible technique" she's manage to acheive more than all the players you have listed. And as for Henin, who combined a Champions spirit w/ great technique, she still managed to not achieve more than Serena even though Serena went awol for like 2 years and barely played and slipped outside the top 100.
So I guess the tour during the last decade must be really craptastic if bad technique bad footwork rena can win 8 slams and become the most accomplished player of the last 8 years.

pshht... it's not a dumb reply to talk about achievement. I'm tired of people dismissing Serena as if she's a horrible tennis player who only wins cuz she's athletic (which is borderline racist anyways). She has good technique, she has great technique otherwise there is no way in hell she could have won 8 slams and 4 slams in a row on all surfaces.

And Serena doesn't know how to hit the shots she's supposed to hit?? complete and utter bull shit.
This thread is not about Serena. It is about players with good all around technique. Serena's technique on her touch shots and forehand exclude her from this list.

Why are Serena fans so defensive? Am I lying in saying that backhand volley was pathetic for a player of Serena's caliber??
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yeah same here..i dont see ivanovic having a good technique ..just average tennis with a bit of luck

maria should be included in that list

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And yet w/ Serena's "horrible technique" she's manage to acheive more than all the players you have listed. And as for Henin, who combined a Champions spirit w/ great technique, she still managed to not achieve more than Serena even though Serena went awol for like 2 years and barely played and slipped outside the top 100.
So I guess the tour during the last decade must be really craptastic if bad technique bad footwork rena can win 8 slams and become the most accomplished player of the last 8 years.

pshht... it's not a dumb reply to talk about achievement. I'm tired of people dismissing Serena as if she's a horrible tennis player who only wins cuz she's athletic (which is borderline racist anyways). She has good technique, she has great technique otherwise there is no way in hell she could have won 8 slams and 4 slams in a row on all surfaces.

And Serena doesn't know how to hit the shots she's supposed to hit?? complete and utter bull shit.
There you go, Serena fans always moan and complain about how Serena gets brought into EVERY thread in a bad way and here you are instigating the discussion by throwing her results in our face. Real nice.

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Good technique can only take you so far. I mean look at Jankovic, who has HORRIBLE technique yet manages to stay in the Top5. Chakvetadze is a mess, so is Hantuchova (don't know what the OP was thinking) and Bartoli just looks awkward because of her two-handed forehand and backhand.
Hantuchova's technique is VERY good, you don't know what you are saying. It is not a matter of opinion.
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This thread is not about Serena. It is about players with good all around technique. Serena's technique on her touch shots and forehand exclude her from this list.

Why are Serena fans so defensive? Am I lying in saying that backhand volley was pathetic for a player of Serena's caliber??
That's not what you said. This is what you said:


"THis doesn't mean you are a good all around player but at least you have the technical proficiency/know how to hit the shots that you hit. Afterall these are PROFESSIONAL tennis players."

is that not an insult. you say this and what do you expect.
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yeah same here..i dont see ivanovic having a good technique ..just average tennis with a bit of luck

maria should be included in that list
Hmmm, no I don't think so. I think he is listing players with great all-around technique. Maria has fantastic technique on her backhand (maybe the best on tour) and her serve technique is flawless, but her forehand, volleys, drop shots, running shots, pretty much every other shot is horrible technique-wise.

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