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Jennifer - The purest ball striker?

On today's commentary, Burgin said Jennifer was the purest striker of the ball in the women's game.

I totally agree, each and every shot was hit so solidly and you could 'hear' the purity. She really hits the ball so well.

Who do you think is the purest hitter?
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I think Mary Pierce is a great ballstriker. She hits very cleanly. Of course, Im biased.

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Jen and also Lindsay

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Monica, by very far. Legendary Men's players call her the best ballstriker in history.

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When players are in their grooves on the court and play their best, I think Seles, Pierce are tops. People forget about Pierce, but really she hits the ball so smoothy when she is playing her best. Seles also, she hits the ball so cleanly when she is playing her best. Lindsay is great too, but If Seles or Pierce were playing their best against Jenn and Lindsay, I would bet that MP and MS, would look cleaner of the 4.

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The WTA Women of Wonder Featuring....The Goddess: Venus Williams The Glamazon: Serena Williams The Lioness: Jennifer Capriati The High Priestess: Monica Seles The Saint: Kim Clijsters The Phoenix: Chanda Rubin The Bon Vivant: Amelie Mauresmo The Titan: Lindsay Davenport The Courtesan: Anna Kournikova The Exile: Martina Hingis The Sorceress: Anatasia Myskina The Minx: Maria Sharapova
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I think Lindsay and Jennifer are the "cleanest"/"purest" strikers of the ball. They seem to hit the ball in the middle of the racquet everytime -- "sweet spot." I have been watching tennis for years now, and I have never read or heard any expert or commentator refer to Monica's ball striking as "clean" or "pure." Sorry, must disagree with that...
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Yeah, Jennifer seems to strike the ball so well...so purely. She's the best in this area.
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It use to be Capriati... until Lindsay Davenport came along. Lindsay Davenport is the best striker of the ball, according to B.J. King. Navratilova, Shriver and M.J. Fernandez have also chosen Davenport.

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I think Monica is a clean striker of the ball but not as clean as Mary and Lindsay and Jennifer. I would say Lindsay is the cleanest striker of the ball overall (ie from both sides), plus she plays the ball deep more consistently than the other two.
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some honest objectivity here

If you are talking about, striking balls that are in your zone...Monica is easily the best...Hantuchova strikes is good when she gets to it..

If you are talking about moving sideline to sideline...I would say Jennifer and Venus..

If you are talking about moving foward, i would say Venus and Serena..

Lindsey and Monica strike a good ball...but only if they can reach it comfortably...Jennifer, the Sisters and Daniella can go side to side and really whack it...Jennifer can be overpowered on the backhand side, so surely that is not a pure stroke...

People are mistaking a flatball for a purely struck ball, but that is not always the case...there are a lot of great ball strikers that hit with a little more spin...ala Justin Henin and Sugiyama

If you are gonna make these generalization, dispense with the superficial non-sense and be analytical....If Jennifer was such a pure ball striker she wouldn't have so many unforced errors... Lindsey does strike it very well...that how she almost gets away with her turtle like speed....

Best all around has to be Monica...how else can you explain 9 grand slam titles with her limited mobility
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In the early 90's Monica was actually one of the faster players on the tour. It's only in the last 5 years or so that she's been so slow.
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I have been watching tennis for years now, and I have never read or heard any expert or commentator refer to Monica's ball striking as "clean" or "pure." Sorry, must disagree with that...
You must have missed Seles' match today because John McEnroe said Seles was one of the best all time ball strikers...when she gets to the ball. I would agree.

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I feel sorry for the tennis balls when I was watching a match between Jen & Monica... They both are very pure and strong ball strikers!!!
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Lindsay is tops, and Mary is second. Jennifer is a very close 3rd.

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