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Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

I don't know the right answer but my vote would go to Petra. I thought it's an interesting question. Therefore i decided to make this poll.


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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

I'd say Davenport... but she's also 6cm taller

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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

How do you define effective. You cant really compare them though as the field now is so much worse.
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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

Kvitova will probably win alot more slams than Lindsay did. So in that sense her game is more effective vs the current field than Lindsays was against the field she faced (which was a much stronger one).
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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

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Kvitova will probably win alot more slams than Lindsay did. So in that sense her game is more effective vs the current field than Lindsays was against the field she faced (which was a much stronger one).
The question was effortless, not effective.

I would say Davenport. I feel like Kvitova puts more effort into her shots and while they are pretty to watch, Davenport's were so much cleaner and more elegant. To me at least


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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

The title says "effortless", so I take it as meaning wrt stroke production. Kvitova for me. It just seems like even when she rolls the ball in with a relaxed swing at 75% pace, it is impossible to track down. In addition, it is incredible to see such a flat hitter find those crazy angles on her crosscourt backhand.

Davenport was great too of course. Amazing timing.
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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

Davenport currently. Kvitova is more erratic in her stroke production... sometimes producing wild error counts. She also lost to Sharapova at the SFs of the AO, which is a telling sign in my opinion. Davenport was easily able to beat "The Old" Sharapova yet Kvitova has trouble with the "erratic Serve" version that Maria is now.

Basically Kvitova is a Davenport-Lite in the stroke production/effectiveness category but being left-handed helps lift her game a bit. On top of that she moves a good deal better than Lindsay ever did and thus can stay in defensive rallies longer, giving her more time to have a chance to bring the rally back into her hands. If Davenport ever got on the defensive for more than a shot or two, she was in trouble.
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Davenport currently. Kvitova is more erratic in her stroke production... sometimes producing wild error counts. She also lost to Sharapova at the SFs of the AO, which is a telling sign in my opinion. Davenport was easily able to beat "The Old" Sharapova yet Kvitova has trouble with the "erratic Serve" version that Maria is now.

Basically Kvitova is a Davenport-Lite in the stroke production/effectiveness category but being left-handed helps lift her game a bit. On top of that she moves a good deal better than Lindsay ever did and thus can stay in defensive rallies longer, giving her more time to have a chance to bring the rally back into her hands. If Davenport ever got on the defensive for more than a shot or two, she was in trouble.
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Even Davenport admits now that there was something really off the day she beat Maria.


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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

First of all, this is a collection of shots, of highlights I put together. But Kvitova hits shots other women don't, like stop volleys from nothing, winners from outside the tramlines when on the run, and return winners off first serves - again, most women go after theier opponents' 2nd serves when they are slow, short and begging to be hit, Kvitova goes after first serves, her timing can be incredible.

Compare how a great like Sampras went for his shots, and how Kvitova goes for her shots, the effortless manner of both styles.



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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

first of all - it's obviously Davenport and it's not even close, the sound that her racquet was making after the contact with the ball was unlike anything I've heard on women's tour.
second of all - LOL at thinking Kvitova makes no effort to hit the ball. She uses much more spin than Lindsay and is straight up ballbasher with occasional ventures to the net. She's also much more erratic than Lindsay and is benefitting from the weak tour to have the results she has today.

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first of all - it's obviously Davenport and it's not even close, the sound that her racquet was making after the contact with the ball was unlike anything I've heard on women's tour.
second of all - LOL at thinking Kvitova makes no effort to hit the ball. She uses much more spin than Lindsay and is straight up ballbasher with occasional ventures to the net. She's also much more erratic than Lindsay and is benefitting from the weak tour to have the results she has today.
That is what has separated Lindsay from other ball strikers, that clean powerful sound was amazing
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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

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first of all - it's obviously Davenport and it's not even close, the sound that her racquet was making after the contact with the ball was unlike anything I've heard on women's tour.
Bingo.

Davenport on a good day could make tennis look like the easiest thing in the world.
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Re: Who has the more effortless game, Kvitova or Davenport?

Davenport may of hit the ball (especially in her hitting zone) cleanly, more consistently at this stage for some of us than Petra?

But I feel Petra hits the ball more effortlessly (with pace and power) defending, on the run, stretching, when crouching very low and at odd angles, heights, locations and positions both on and off the court (as I'm sure Laurie's videos would attest) than Davenport. This is real world tennis. Not fantasy tennis or perfect hitting scenarios and conditions, so many ball strikers need.

In addition Petra can just flick her wrist, defending side to side on the baseline, and hit hard, deep, heavy, angled, flat or spin induced rally balls and winners.

That's effortless to me. Obviously (as JC Tennis post indicated), Davenport's size prevented much of this. But it's true. Petra can literally hit the ball in any body configuration from any location on the court, quite effortlessly, in spectacular fashion, with decent regularity.

It's because Petra's hitting zone is literally unlimited. It's certainly/particularly is from top to bottom. And many times from stretched side to stretched side, as well. She just has a tremendous effective strike zone. And Petra's just very flexible, with excellent hand eye coordination as well.

So with all due respect to Davenport, She was a fantastic "in the hitting zone" ball striker. Maybe the best. But I didn't see her do those things "outside of her hitting zone" or on the run, that Petra does already today.

That's even more effortless, I think.

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