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The most peculiar shot in all of professional tennis- Serena boxer punch-like return

There are many things that can be said of Serena Williams’ tennis, especially so when she puts on her A-game level of performance - that which demonstrates that she is undoubtedly the very “best [female tennis player] ever”- L. Jon Wertheim (a sentiment I personally hold to quite vehemently). First among others, on keen observation most everyone note that the Serena Serve “is the best ever seen in the women’s game”- Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, Mary Joe Fernandez, Lindsay Davenport, etc. Secondly, that when she is on her A-game “Serena is practically unbeatable”- Chris Evert & Monica Seles. Thirdly, “she is a dynamic athlete and quite simply the strongest female player the game has ever known”- Pat Cash. Fourthly, “Serena's will to win is incomparable to any other player”- Chris Evert & Mary Carillo.

It was Lindsay Davenport, who I first heard about 10 years ago, opined on how much difficult it is to play Serena particularly on how much pressure she puts on her opponent serves (both first and second)simply on account of her enormous ability to return serve with tendency to punish all second serves-short or long. Davenport says Serena force her opponents into more double-faults than anyone else she (Davenport) knows. But to me, among the many weapons Serena has in her arsenal is her ability to execute forehand return shots from opponent’s first serves with such a precision, speed, ferocity, and fury the likes of which has never been seen from anyone else in the sport – male or female. It is Serena’s boxer punch-like forehand return of first serve.

Upon review of the 2003 Australian Open Women’s Finals Highlights you will witness the existence of this special shot of Serena Williams-observe how peculiarly Serena hits a forehand return shot to return a 117 mph first serve from Venus with much more mustard (power) than she received it. Check this out at around 4.44 min of the following video: http://youtu.be/6d6up7iQE_0. This same shot was on display when Serena beats Lindsay Davenport at the 2003 Charleston semifinals, and when Serena totally destroys Barbara Schett and Amelie Mauresmo at the 2003 French Open. Last week in Madrid while playing Sharapova, Serena puts this peculiar shot on display once again. Check it out at around 2.58 min of the following video: http://youtu.be/N2g1izw_IeQ . In amazement, the Eurosports commentator wished out load there was radar gun to measure the speed of that particular shot. He remarks further that that is the most remarkable shot he has seen all year.

The Serena Williams’ boxer punch -like forehand return of first serves is one of the most remarkable shots in professional tennis and it is peculiarly hers.

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Re: The most peculiar shot in all of professional tennis- Serena boxer punch-like ret

I love when she hits that shot.
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Re: The most peculiar shot in all of professional tennis- Serena boxer punch-like ret

Nalalie Tauziat made a comment along those line about the 2 sisters, but not about a particular shot.

She said something to the effect, playing against them is like taking body punches, as the match progresses, you start hurting and can no longer withstand the pressure of the relentless power, and wilt

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@8:36

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Where has meaty Ana gone? She did not look overweight to me.

She was really good. her shots had bites, serve was good, fast off the ground.

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She read the serve, took it early (this is why her return has so much power) and hit a cross court angled return. Since the serve is directed wide it is actually easier to make this return crosscourt.

I might have misunderstood the essence of the OP but this shot is hardly unique/special or peculiar to Serena. I advise the OP to watch some video of Agassi doing this against much harder serves.
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Peak Pierce, though

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Peak Pierce, though

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This.

But better yet, watch some Agassi.

The WS may have brought attention to it, but they didn't invent it.

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Peak Pierce, though

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Peak Pierce must own every thread.

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8:51 is even more devastating i think

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As for Peak Pierce, there was a forehand Serena destroyed against Sharapova that I think even Peak Pierce couldn't hit as hard. Even if there's a highlight reel, it'll surely be on it. Where is it?
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This is still the best match that Ana 2.0 (post RG) has played

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She seemed so angry during this match

Really, don't even look at me...
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At 3:00 - biggest forehand I've ever seen.
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