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.
Last edited by Excelscior; Feb 25th, 2012 at 02:57 AM.