Williams/Williams vs Suarez/Ruano Pascual
If you haven't ever seen it, check out this particular doubles matchup. Sure these are the two best teams in the world, so the matchup OUGHT to be good. But it's better than that.
V & S are a REALLY good doubles team. They hit the ball deep, use a lot of pace so there's no TIME to poach against them, serve well, and cover the net better than any other team on the tour.
Suarez and Ruano Pascual PLAY doubles better than Venus and Serena. Yes, I know, the best evidence of 'better' is the final score. But I'm not talking about 'effectively using your strengths'.
When I say they PLAY better I mean, hitting a shot the forces a return that opens up the court for easy winners by your partner. Against V & S at OZ, I saw one great example of this. Venus was at net, and Serena was in deuce court, exchanging forehands. The players were pulling each other wider and wider off the court. Serena LOVES this and wins points all the time this way, by eventually going down the line. And the player at net for S/RP was basically staionary, as was Venus. Serena went down the line, and instantly the flaw was exposed. Whichever of S/RP was at net took a step toqward the alley and suddenly there was a lane to volley in you could have driven a truck through. Even Venus, with her reach, had no chance.
Put it this way. V & S are the best doubles team in the world, but Suarez and Ruano Pascual ought to sell 'how-to' videos. They play the way players don't have the weapons V & S do need to learn how to play.
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