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Question Which player in the top 100 hits the ball with the LEAST amount of pace?

Everyone always talks about ball bashers and such so it got me thinking. Who hits with the least pace?

My first thought was Aga but idk...

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^ You're kidding right? Zheng has amazing pace on her ground-strokes for someone her size. She is fantastic at using and redirecting opponents pace and if that doesn't work, I've seen players caught of guard at how much pace she can create herself.
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Yeah she is really good at absorbing pace with her short swing groundstrokes and redirecting the ball with the pace her opponent gave her. So pretty much her pace is judged by the pace of her opponents ball.

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Radwanska - Aga's backhand is technically one of the best in the game, just because she doesn't blast the ball doesn't make it a bad shot.

Hantuchova - how you can say someone who strikes the ball as cleanly as Daniela has bad groundstrokes is beyond me.



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Dulgheru made Zheng look like a proper ballbasher in their Warsaw match this year.
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Radwanska - Aga's backhand is technically one of the best in the game, just because she doesn't blast the ball doesn't make it a bad shot.

Hantuchova - how you can say someone who strikes the ball as cleanly as Daniela has bad groundstrokes is beyond me.
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Jill Craybas

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Is she in the top 100?
Actually she's ranked exactly #100 right now, so she just made it.

How about her young countrywoman Oudin? Haven't watched a lot of her matches (few of her matches has been televised outside US Open), but she's a small player.

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With the exception of Vinci, everybody in the top 50 hits the ball with a decent amount of pace, and Vinci gets a pass because her game is based around mixing up her shots and not around power.

Once you get down to #75 or so in the rankings is when you get the weaponless, slow pace baseline players--Voracova, Gallovits, Barrois, Niculescu, Zahlavova, Barrois, Meusburger, Brianti, Lepchenko.

I would have put Craybas in this list, but after watching her play against Meusburger at the US Open, I was surprised at how many winners she was hitting. To be fair, she was playing Meusburger and getting a ton of time to set up her shots, but she's capable of being aggressive if given the opportunity.
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Zheng is a fantastic player, seriously. She might'nt be the most powerful play on tour, but if you've seen her play (well) you can't deny her talent. Maybe her groundstrokes and serve might not be the most flashy, but they serve their purpose. One of the reasons Zheng is so successful, especially on grass, is because she grinds players down. She runs down, EVERYTHING, and most importantly, she has excellent foot work and takes the ball early and redirects pace extremely well. She robs her opponents of valuable time and hits very flat.

If you look at it properly, Zheng has nearly all the elements required to be a successful grass court player. She's fast, she hits flat, she has good footwork and takes the ball on the rise. The only element she does not have, and will never have is the big serve that can win her free points, or that she can rely on to get her out of trouble.

But no, Zheng definately does not hit with the least amount of pace on tour. For her size, the pace she is able to produce is exceptional. Her two Semifinal appearances have no been accidents. She has even causes Serena trouble on the two occasions they have met.
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Cornet
Niculescu
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Brianti
Meusburger
Medina Garrigues
Good list.

From time to time each of these players can appear to hit the ball harder only by taking it extra early or by playing a huge hitter. I'm thinking mostly of AMG here.
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Really?
Of course. how else do you think she got to top 10 or top 5 (don't know her peak). It certainly isn't her serve or forehand.
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