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The Most Beautiful Tennis

'Beautiful' is, of course, one of those words. ANd given the context, I have to admit out front I'm a Venus fan. Not in any rational way either. I'm just there.

That said, who among today's active players produces the most beautiful tennis? I am NOT asking who looks the most beautiful. Maria Kirilenko in a bathing suit is quite fetching, but her tennis is pedestrian. I'm not asking who does good, but rather who looks good doing it.

Serena Williams, in the infamous 'Beatdown Down Under', produced beautiful tennis. The kind of 'beautiful' one would have to be an assassin or a serial killer to appreciate in all it's glory. She killed.

Evonne Gooloagong was so .... there's no other word ...beautiful .... when she was moving. They talk about players moving well now, but it's not even the same solar system. The only recent plyer who came close was .....Anna Kournikova

Kournikova reeked sex just breathing. But she also played tennis like ..... I wanna toss around words like Donatello and Botero and Stravinsky. But I'll settle for ... she looked REAL good doing it.

These days, putting aside the days when Serena decides to be so dominant it'ssublime, my only other candidate is Ana Ivanovic. She's got ... flow.

NOTE: Honorable mention to Gisela Dulko.

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Stosur and Stubbs playing doubles, they look so much a team it's untrue. Bouncing around the court, you can tell they're having fun AND mean business. I'm not a big doubles fan but I'll watch them any time.

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Daniela Hantuchova?
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'Beautiful' is, of course, one of those words. ANd given the context, I have to admit out front I'm a Venus fan. Not in any rational way either. I'm just there.

That siad, who among today's active players produces the most beautiful tennis? I am NOT asking who looks the most beautiful. Maria Kirilenko in a bathing suit is quite fetching, but her tennis is pedestrian. I'm not asking who does good, but rather who looks good doing it.

Serena Williams, in the infamous 'Beatdown Down Under', produced beautiful tennis. The kind of 'beautiful' one would have to be an assassin or a serial killer to appreciate in all it's glory. She killed.

Evonne Gooloagong was so .... there's no other word ...beautiful .... when she was moving. They talk about players moving well now, but it's not even the same solar system. The only recent plyer who came close was .....Anna Kournikova

Kournikova reeked sex just breathing. But she also played tennis like ..... I wanna toss around words like Donatello and Botero and Stravinsky. But I'll settle for ... she looked REAL good doing it.

These days, putting aside the days when Serena decides to be so dominant it'ssublime, my only other candidate is Ana Ivanovic. She;s got ...flow.

NOTE: Honorable mention to Gisela Dulko.
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momo, that backhand and her serve and volleying.
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Definately agree with Kournikova, so fluent around the court, and her strokes almost.. blasé.


Can't think of anyone else right now, although I except Mauresmo to be thrown around considerably in this thread.
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Venus flying into shots at the net is beautiful. When they show a replay of her hitting an approach shot and then transitioning with a drive volley... It's amaze

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Hantuchova AO SF 6-0 2-0... Very smooth and flowing...



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Hantuchova AO SF 6-0 2-0... Very smooth and flowing...
Losing the match eventually was somewhat artistic as well .
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Serena's game is so beautiful to watch. The whole package of power, intensity, show of mental prowess, 100% commitment to every shot is simply stunning.

But apart from Serena, I like watching Lisicki, Azarenka (even though I dont like her) and Venus (because I am Biased), when they are playing good.
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Hana Mandlikova and Martina Hingis.
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Serena..just purely for the serve. Her motion is a thing of beauty. best serve ever.

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When CSN is playing well her tennis is a joy to watch.

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Hantuchova, Kournikova, Li, Mauresmo, Lisicki, Safarova, Szavay, Chakvetadze, Myskina.

Note that some of these girls can play hideous tennis when out of form.

Daniela Hantuchova.

Casey Dellacqua, Jelena Jankovic, Anna-Lena Groenefeld,
Jelena Dokic, Mirjana Lucic, Sara Tomic, Sloane Stephens
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Zheng Jie
2008 China Open against Ivanovic and Kuzy
2008 Wim against Serena in the 2nd set
2009 Dubai against Serena
2009 Miami against Serena
Zheng produced a lot of beautiful tennis in these matches, i was stunned by her unbelievable backhand.......

I really wish Zheng can find her best form again....
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