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Serve and Volley

I've been watching Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and was surprised by the fact that she seems to be pure serve and volleyer!

Even on clay, she serves and volleys. (she's spanish...who would have ever thought? Spanish serve and volleyer )
Its a refreshing change from base-liners game I see all the time.

So anyways, how many serve and volleyers are there in WTA?

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Mauresmo?
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Mauresmo doesn´t serve and volley on clay so often...I think Vinci serving and volleying on clay too
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Re: Serve and Volley

Samantha Stosur.

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Have been loving Martinez Sanchez consistent drop shot and volley play these past few days in Bĺstad. And it works, she's out-played some great clay court players.I only wish she'd have had a better career, maybe influence a few people to nick her style.
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The only ones that I could think were some of the ones already mentioned I guess that's probably because they're aren't a lot of pure serve & volleyers in the women's game this day & age.

I think some of the best servers in the game could incorporate it, like Serena for example. She has the ability to vary her serve alongside Stosur. She can slice it, kick it, flatten it out, hence the opponent's return isn't as accurate & she could knock the volley off away for a winner.

But then again in a lot of player's heads, they think the returns are too good which is why serve & volley is so rare now. Yes the returns are good, but really I think really good servers could take advantage of their weapon & use it as step towards a successful serve & volley ploy.
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On clay at least, there is no one in the current game who attacks the net as much as Maria-Jose Sanchez Martinez. It really is quite a sight.

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I think some of the best servers in the game could incorporate it, like Serena for example. She has the ability to vary her serve alongside Stosur. She can slice it, kick it, flatten it out, hence the opponent's return isn't as accurate & she could knock the volley off away for a winner.
I've seen Serena and Venus incorporate serve & volley into matches before and I remember Venus served and volleyed quite a lot in one of her early round matches at Wimbledon (against CSN, I think.) Also, Serena served & volleyed against Roberta Vinci but I don't actually remember Roberta doing the same.

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I've seen Serena and Venus incorporate serve & volley into matches before and I remember Venus served and volleyed quite a lot in one of her early round matches at Wimbledon (against CSN, I think.) Also, Serena served & volleyed against Roberta Vinci but I don't actually remember Roberta doing the same.
Yeah but serve and volleying on grass is one thing but serve and volleying and attacking the net like Maria-Jose does on clay is something far more unusual as clay is not a surface known for being suited to netrushers.

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Maria Kiri S+Vs a few times in each match.
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I think you need to be very brave to be a serve and volleyer.
You have to expect that you'll be passed..a lot.
But eventually, the constant pressure at the net will break down the base-liners.


btw, serve and volleying 2 or 3 points in a match doesn't make you a serve and volleyer.

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I was surprised we didn't have more threads about this player after her impressive run in Rome where she gave Safina one heck of a match. She isn't a serve and volleyer in the sense of Navratilova or Novotna, but she certainly uses it more frequently than most other players. Her extraordinaire game (S&V, dropshot&lob, some weird spins and angles) is very enjoyable to watch but lacks fundamental components that would make her more successful - powerful groundstrokes.

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I think you need to be very brave to be a serve and volleyer.
You have to expect that you'll be passed..a lot.
But eventually, the constant pressure at the net will break down the base-liners.


btw, serve and volleying 2 or 3 points in a match doesn't make you a serve and volleyer.
Nahh, really?
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but lacks fundamental components that would make her more successful - powerful groundstrokes.
Actually I think that's a good thing or she'd become just another ballbasher.
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Actually I think that's a good thing or she'd become just another ballbasher.
From perspective of tennis fans who enjoy diversity it is definitely a good thing, but from perspective of Martinez-Sanchez's who wants to be successful and have a good career it's not.

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