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I have a question about Venus Williams.
In her earlier career she had the greatest backhand on tour - but a not so good forehand.
Now she sets up the majority of her points with a strong forehand - on which she really worked and which she fixed. But since that I think she lost her great backhand, now her backhand is just solid.
What do you guys think about that? I don´t come to any conclusion. Is it an athletic thing or did she change technique. Or didn´t she train that backhand seriously enough anymore? What do you think...
I mean working on her weaker forehand over the years shouldn´t mean she weakens her backhand.
You're right, she made a concerted effort to improve her forehand and I think it was around the 2008 US Open when I first noticed her running around her backhand to hit inside out forehands consistently. Back then her backhand, in my opinion, was pretty good but not as spectacular as prior years.
I put the more recent deterioration of her BH down to three factors:
1.Her left knee injury.
When suffering from that injury she seems to be unable to push off her left leg w causing her to hit short imprecise backhands. At the height of that injury (2010 US Open) her backhand was shockingly poor.
2. Her tendency to hit with an open-stance.
The Dawntreader has already pointed this out. I think O-S certainly backhands have their advantages and Venus has been hitting this shot since the beginning of her career but she has a tendency to be lazy in her footwork these days and sometimes when hitting the ball in the middle of the court she will LITERALLY JUST STAND THERE and swing
and I don't think that helps at all.
3. Her racket change
. I honestly believe, and this is from my own personal experience, that the older "head-heavy" rackets lend themselves better to hitting heavier backhands. I may be wrong but the bigger racket-heads that Venus used to play with seemed to have this quality. It looked to me like she just took a swing and the momentum created by the heavy racket just did its thing.
Juss my two cents.