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When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

I would say both hit the best of any player in the modern game when in position, along with Seles probably. They all hit incredibly fast and heavy balls so when it hit the deck it wasn't coming back. I don't know if I can call it! Certainly Lindsay did it more consistently, but Mary was way more devastating when she got in position and timed it right as her forehand was like a missile.
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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

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To be honest it's pretty much equal. Both hit flat, Mary probably more so, both hit off both wings very hard, you can pick which one u like but for my money it's dead even maybe Mary one a really good day but Lindsay you could argue with her bigger height advantage could muster a tad bit more pop but it's comparable for sure... Very closely matched. I'll say Lindsay by 2 percent. Only because she's like 4 inches taller and that helps to generate more power if u put all ur weight into the shots like she did.

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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

Mary might hit "faster" balls but I think Lindsay would hit the "heavier" ball out of the two. You got to like the height advantage here ... plus I think Lindsay would be able to do it more often (when getting into position on time) than Mary without it causing any other issues.

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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

I don't believe Lindsay truly hit the ball as hard as she could. She hit as hard as she had to, which is probably why she was much more consistent than Mary.

So I'd vote for Linds. More power in reserves.

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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

Lindsay for sure. The fluidity of her strokes were BREATHTAKING. So flat and so ACCURATE. I miss watching her play. No doubt Mary had that explosive power, but I think Linds would be able to match her power...

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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

Both of them could hit a very big ball but I'd trust Lindsay to produce a high standard of hitting on a more consistent basis. Pierce had more power but tennis isn't always about how hard you hit the ball so I'd plump for Lindsay too.

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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

Seles.
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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

Davenport. She always had better footwork moving around the ball, taking smaller more intricate steps and thus her timing was always better.

It's arguable that Pierce had a stronger core and upper-body that allowed her to hit a meatier ball, but her timing and fluidity off the ground was never as seamless as Lindsay's.
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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

Pierce could maybe hit harder, but no one hit the ball cleaner than Lindsay.


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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

In other words, peak Pierce vs peak Davenport... Is everyone here braindead? Would peak LIndsay humiliate Jesus, Mike Tyson and Federer? Thought not. Try harder next time.
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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

No poll? P. Pierce was great to watch the <5 times she showed up, but Lindsay wins this by far. For me the slight advantage I'd say Pierce had in raw pace at her ABSOLUTE apex is nowhere near enough to compensate for the discrepancy between the two in terms of match to match consistency. And is it even worth it? Either way when both ladies really dialed in with their groundstrokes the opponent was toast more often than not

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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

Lindsay for sure.
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Re: When in position, who hit better--Mary Pierce or Lindsay Davenport?

Cleaner Lindsay, harder Pierce
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