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Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

Yesterday when Jankovic tried to put up a lob over Petkovic's backhand side, Andrea whacked a lefty overhead winner into the open court. It made me wonder why more players don't develop this shot, which would seem to be an effective weapon. Admittedly, if you have a great backhand overhead like Henin you don't need a lefty smash, but very few WTA players actually have that shot in her repetoire.
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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

Heck, how many WTA players have a decent (forehand) overhead?
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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

Masha has that shot in her repertoire.
She has won many points with her lefty shots.
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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

Because there is only one Petkorazzi
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Heck, how many WTA players have a decent (forehand) overhead?
This.

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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

Venus does

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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

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Masha has that shot in her repertoire.
She has won many points with her lefty shots.
Are you kidding? Sharapova can't even spell overhead, much less hit one.

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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

Because most of the them are right-handed.

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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

What are you talking about....?
do you play tennis? Do you know how awkward and ridiculous a left-handed overhead would be?

The appropriate play is to try a backhand smash or wait for the bounce and try to put away the backhand. Or just reposition yourself for a forehand overhead.

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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

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Because most of the them are right-handed.

Well then, aren't we feeling extra smart-assey and clever today?
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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

Hem because players are mostly right-handed.
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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

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Are you kidding? Sharapova can't even spell overhead, much less hit one.
Yeah Sharapova doesn't hit overheads anymore, even obvious ones close to the net. It looks so bizarre but I suppose it's because of her shoulder.
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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

video please. it sounds ridiculous, most girls could barely hit a good right-handed overhead, let alone a left-handed one

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Re: Why more players don't hit left-handed overhead smashes?

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video please. it sounds ridiculous, most girls could barely hit a good right-handed overhead, let alone a left-handed one
I saw it. It was a quick one after JJ tried to lob her (more like a block-looking smash with the left hand).
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