You ask, how does Belinda play? Well, she's a very fast player, covers the whole court quickly,
she pushes the ball quite strongly for her small body size; however, she's not one of those
"hard hitters", her play is very varied, and she's very good at the net also, although
her volley style is not really academic... instead of playing true volleys (which she almost
never does) she prefers to play what I would describe as forehands and backhands "on the fly",
that is, she does the whole arm movement as she would play a normal forehand or backhand, but she
hits the ball before it hits the ground.
To make these shots, she obviously has to stay more behind the net than the true net players.
And for this reason, opponents with good passing shots can pass her more easily; however, she
advances on the field very judiciously, only when she knows she has good chances to win the point.
And, she's very precise at this type of shots! She rarely misses one.
But the most spectacular shots she makes, are the incredible angles that she can find when playing
from the back line. She picks all the corners and stripes, and leaves the opponent with no chance!
Finally, she's a great fighter. Like all youngsters, she has her ups and downs, but during this week
I never saw her give up easily a shot, or trash a shot.
She's mentally incredibly strong for a 15er.
She will make a great pro career, of this I am sure.
I remember having seen Martina Hingis when she was a 15er, at the Avvenire tournament in Milan.
Martina was more solid player (she almost never made mistakes), but she didn't have the class in the
winner shots that Belinda shows.