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Question Who has the better forehand: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin?

Really I think whose forehand and backhand are better both debatable but I'm just asking about their forehands here. Henin's forehand didn't start well but became an exceptional shot. Serena's forehand is a great shot itself. Serena has more raw power, but I feel like Justine's forehand was so good because she absorb pace so well with it and gave back a lot of power at the same time. IDK, it's a toss up for me.

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Re: Who has the better forehand: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin?

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Re: Who has the better forehand: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin?

Ree obviously. Henin's is fugly and technically poor.
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Henin definitely.

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Re: Who has the better forehand: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin?

' 05 Oz open SF mp down...enough said.

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Re: Who has the better forehand: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin?

Serena has the better serve and FH (two most important things), Justine does everything else better.
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Re: Who has the better forehand: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin?

I'm inclined the give the forehand to Serena. Technically a much more sound shot than Henin's clunky, abbreviated swing. Also, Serena is far more capable of over-powering opponents with her forehand when she really leans into the shot.

Both are prone to sometimes breaking down on this wing, however, when Henin's forehand breaks down, she can spray the ball long or slap it into the net, whereas when Serena's forehand breaks down, it will generally initially become shorter in the court and topspun, becoming more vulnerable to attack, before she begins hitting errors.

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WTF!!
Serena by far..
Henin is the backhand queen
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Serena has the better serve and FH (two most important things), Justine does everything else better.
Three indusputables: better serve, better forehand AND mentally tougher...overcomes whatever edge Juju might have in other areas.

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I'm inclined the give the forehand to Serena. Technically a much more sound shot than Henin's clunky, abbreviated swing. Also, Serena is far more capable of over-powering opponents with her forehand when she really leans into the shot.
This + due to the constant abbreviations in her FH, Henin's is no where near as versatile (changing directions, creating angles) a her BH or as Serena's FH. Apart from ONE year in her entire career, Justine's FH was never in the same league as Serena or Kim.
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Henin, although it depends on the timeframe. They're both underrated shots, though.

Rena's forehand from 2002/3 was deadly (fast-paced and due to her movement, highly accurate also) but when she came back after the injury, her forehand has never hit the same monster level except for a couple of occasions (Dubai vs. Ivanovic immediately springs to mind). Henin's forehand may not be as smooth technically, but it allowed her to construct points simply and get easy putaways up at the net, as well as being very powerful.
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I think Rena's better.
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Re: Who has the better forehand: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin?

Serena. It depends on the day though. They both have strong groundies and can do damage off both sides. Some days one shot works better than the other.

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Re: Who has the better forehand: Serena Williams vs. Justine Henin?

Henin used to shank her forehands a lot, but it was a very effective shot.

Serena has a more deadlier forehand though.
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