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Best service returners on the tour

This is not a statistical question like receiving points won (on first serve) as that goes more into how well one plays the rallies. The question is what players you think most often return the ball well enough to not be much on the defensive, come the next stroke by the server.

(No poll, I don't want to skew the answers) If you want to add comments like day vs. night or on what surface, feel free to. And retired players active since metal racquets became the norm are perfectly OK to mention here, IMO.
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when zheng is on, she is takes it sooo early that the harder you hit your serve, the more difficult your next shot will be

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Venus, her return owns all on a grass court, on clay....hmm
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Re: Best service returners on the tour

Venus? No way... she can't attack second serves with the same force as her sister, and makes a lot of errors.

I used to think Clijsters' had the best return of first serves, and Henin attacked second serves most consistently, however that has clearly not been true in 2010.

I'd say Serena is the best, but Hingis/Capriati/Davenport/Seles (i.e. last generation) were generally superior returners...

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Re: Best service returners on the tour

Serena by far.
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Re: Best service returners on the tour

Besides the obvious ones, Bartoli returns pretty well, most of the time they player serving has little time to prepare for their second shot. I just wish she'd return more aggresively sometimes though, like recently against Radwanska.

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Re: Best service returners on the tour

Dementieva, Jankovic.

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Re: Best service returners on the tour

Sharapova when she is on her best.



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Vika.
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Serena Williams.


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Re: Best service returners on the tour

Venus
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Re: Best service returners on the tour

of current players, Serena;

When I see her make a return ace with her BH painting the line, it's just

She's like Shaq, MDE
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Re: Best service returners on the tour

Elena returns Serena's serve better than anyone I've ever seen.

You don't close your eyes, even for a milli-second,
when Serena is backed into a corner and looking to bust out.
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Serena, Bartoli, Dementieva, Henin not (she can only attack a serve that goes to her FH ), actually Jankovic returns really well, Ivanovic first half 2008 (since then she is not able to put any shot in including return), Sharapova

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Re: Best service returners on the tour

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Sharapova when she is on her best.
Sharapova has always been mediocre at best returning good first serves.

When Serena or Venus or Ivanovic, et al have been on a serving groove while playing her, she has looked completely lost on return.
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