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The Russians and Their BHs

Why is it that most of the top Russians have better BHs than FHs? I'll leave Kuznetsova out but off the top of my head, Sharapova, Bepa, Dinara, Chak and Vesnina all seem to favor their BHs.

Is it a tactical/form thing or how they're instructed?

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Re: The Russians and Their BHs

I think...people are just born with a better FH or BH...
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Re: The Russians and Their BHs

I think it's because they tend to be all such flat hitters, and flat hitters with two-handed BHs tend to get more control as well as racquethead speed from that wing, so they'd be more comfortable with it.
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Dementieva had a better FH
btw good part of tennis players have a better BH so
i don't remember a russian player with one handed BH
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Re: The Russians and Their BHs

Dementieva ???? Her backhand was always her weaker wing.

To answer your question, it is more natural to swing away from your body, as opposed to into, like on a forehand. Also, the 2 hands means a more secure and forgiving shot.
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Dementieva had a better FH
btw good part of tennis players have a better BH so
i don't remember a russian player with one handed BH
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Dementieva ???? Her backhand was always her weaker wing.

To answer your question, it is more natural to swing away from your body, as opposed to into, like on a forehand. Also, the 2 hands means a more secure and forgiving shot.
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I thought you wanted to talk about their bras. Not interested in the topic now.

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Petrova's backhand is definitely better than that fugly forehand of hers.

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Re: The Russians and Their BHs

Backhands are more mechanical shots which supposedly means they're less prone to fall apart.. whereas hitting a forehand has a lot more to do with the amount of confidence the player has at the moment (see Masha).

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Re: The Russians and Their BHs

"better" as in more consistent? stronger? produces more angles? more stable going cross-court? steadier volley?

you've named too many players and included them under the category of nation.

you want to name a russian quality - say headcases or brainfarters, but the forementioned have varied backhands.

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"better" as in more consistent? stronger? produces more angles? more stable going cross-court? steadier volley?

you've named too many players and included them under the category of nation.

you want to name a russian quality - say headcases or brainfarters, but the forementioned have varied backhands.
More solid, what the commentators would call their primary "weapon." Better?

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I don't agree that they're better, most of these players can generate more power with their forehand and hit more winners off that wing than the backhand. And it's the same for most tennis players.
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I think its to do with where they were born and the conditions and environment they were raised in, which is how they got strong BHs.

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Re: The Russians and Their BHs

I think most female players, at least those in the top 50 or so, have better and more solid backhands than forehands.

In general, more things can go wrong on the forehand side because the flexor muscles are involved rather than the extensors. There's a lot more fine control in the wrist, shoulder and elbow joints during flexion in comparison to extension. It's harder to maintain such tight coordination when there's so much flexibility at each joint.

I'm not sure what can explain the male/female differences, if they do exist.
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Re: The Russians and Their BHs

To explain why the backhands of not only Russians but also many young players are becoming stronger, all due to the tactics which they are instructed. A lot players of younger generation, who mostly spent their time developing their tennis skills in USA, such as Maria, Vika, Jelena, all use their left hand to make more effective backhand shot. Dinara, Anna Chak and Petrova, which are mentioned, are all trained by the same coach; therefore, their backhand techniques might find a resemblance, which I assume is similar to Maria's effective backhand technique, however, their nationality is irrelevant. All young players have developed much more effective backhand skills than older generation.

I don't like to use a word "better", to compare their backhand and forehand. For top players (i.e Vera, Maria, Dinara) forehands are useful and skilled as much as the backhand side, therefore, they expect to play their best. It depends on, though, in some moments, player can be mentally or physically weak. It forces them to select the most reliable shot to make; this entirely depends on a person.

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