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Petra Kvitova: the first left-handed ball-basher in WTA history?

I expect Kvitova to bash her way to victory against Vera, who doesn't play enough offense.

I can not remember any other lefty who played a ball-bashing style like Kvitova. Of course, practically the only lefty on the tour in the last 10 years was Schnyder, so maybe this is distorting my memory. Kvitova has the opposite of the typical lefty game personified by Schnyder.

btw, Seles doesn't count as a lefty.
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Wasn't Safarova around before Petra?

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I expect Kvitova to bash her way to victory against Vera, who doesn't play enough offense.

I can not remember any other lefty who played a ball-bashing style like Kvitova. Of course, practically the only lefty on the tour in the last 10 years was Schnyder, so maybe this is distorting my memory. Kvitova has the opposite of the typical lefty game personified by Schnyder.

btw, Seles doesn't count as a lefty.
Why? She was left handed. 2 hands on both sides doesn't change what hand she writes with.
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I expect Kvitova to bash her way to victory against Vera, who doesn't play enough offense.

I can not remember any other lefty who played a ball-bashing style like Kvitova. Of course, practically the only lefty on the tour in the last 10 years was Schnyder, so maybe this is distorting my memory. Kvitova has the opposite of the typical lefty game personified by Schnyder.

btw, Seles doesn't count as a lefty.
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Re: Petra Kvitova: the first left-handed ball-basher in WTA history?

I expect Vera to win because when you hit the ball back into play, the ballbashers self destruct.

And no, there have been plenty of ballbashers that are left handed in the WTA. She's probably the most successfull LBB that the WTA has had in recent times.

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safarova is a ballbasher, and benesova.and makarova

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Why? She was left handed. 2 hands on both sides doesn't change what hand she writes with.

How is what hand she writes with relevant to whether she is a left-handed tennis player? Seles didn't have a lefthanded forehand and can't be considered a conventional lefty in tennis terms.
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Depends on how patient Petra is vs Vera.
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Petra is a clean ballstriker, but Vera is a good defender.
If Petra is patient and reduces the UE....then she'd win.
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If you won't count Seles for whatever reason Safarova fits the bill perfectly (as do a host of others as posters have mentioned).
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How is what hand she writes with relevant to whether she is a left-handed tennis player? Seles didn't have a lefthanded forehand and can't be considered a conventional lefty in tennis terms.
She did, it was just a double handed leftie forehand. She served left handed too.

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How is what hand she writes with relevant to whether she is a left-handed tennis player? Seles didn't have a lefthanded forehand and can't be considered a conventional lefty in tennis terms.
True, just now I remembered that Bartoli writes with her left hand, I think Nadal is the opposite as-well. But she did have a left-handed forehand, she had her left hand on the bottom of the racket. She isn't like say, Ayumi Mortia who swaps her hands mid swing so that she has two backhands.
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safarova is a ballbasher, and benesova.and makarova

ok, so re-phrase is to "is Kvitova the first left-handed ball-basher who is actually a threat to go deep in the Slams."

Safarova isn't 100 percent ball-basher. Benesova may be, but she isn't good enough to warrant metioning.
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People may call Petra a ballbasher but her constant will to go to the net will change this very soon . I can't help myself but admire this, especially with some of the errors she makes there and she still tries and tries.
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