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Re: Strengths and Weaknesses of Top 10


Victoria Azarenka
-The exceptional depth on her groundstrokes and her ability to create angles allows her to neutralize her opponents’ power until she can get a short ball to pounce on.
-Anticipates extremely well
-Terrific and consistent returner of serve
-Weak serve
-She doesn’t have the weaponry of some of her contemporaries, and she can be hit off the court by a power player on their game
-Forehand can break down

Maria Sharapova
-Hits the ball huge and with relentless precision
-When she connects on her returns, look out
-Fights like hell to the very last point
-Serena Williams
-Can be a bit predictable off the serve
-Can’t volley to save her life

Serena Williams
-Greatest serve in women’s tennis history
-Hits huge off the ground, moves extremely well, terrific volleyer, can play defense, great returner of serve
-When she’s on, she’s essentially unplayable
-Can put too much pressure on herself
-Can be a bit of a slow starter
-Her footwork can go off at times

Aggie Radwanska
-The rare WTA player that possesses some variety
-She’s a terrific defensive player
-Can go games without missing
-Poor second serve
-She struggles when she has to generate her own pace
-Her groundstrokes sit up on slower courts, giving her opponents time to tee off

Angelique Kerber
-Extremely fit and a terrific mover
-Can produce some incredible shots on the run
-Terrific competitor
-Also struggles to create her own pace
-Her serve could use some work
-Despite her competitive strengths she has gone away in some big matches

Sara Errani
-Like Kerber, she’s extremely fit and has clearly put in the hard yards off the court
-Competes so well
-She’s extremely consistent off the ground and has great depth
-Lacks power
-Faster courts dull her heavy topspin
-Serve is crap

Li Na
-When she’s on her game she has every shot in the book
-Has a lot of width on her groundstrokes
-Moves extremely well
-Maddeningly inconsistent, both mentally and in her tennis
-Seems to get too satisfied by a good run
-No plan B

Petra Kvitova
-On her day she can hit literally anyone off the court (save Serena)
-Has a great deal of variety
-She is a very naturally gifted ball-striker and hits the ball great on the run
-Streaky in basically every department of her game
-Very uneven mentally

Samantha Stosur
-The serve and forehand combo can be menacing
-She’s not the great volleyer the media makes her out to be but she’s still pretty good in that department
-Extremely fit
-Doesn’t have that explosive first step
-Falters in pressure situations
-Backhand can be a mess

Caroline Wozniacki
-Extremely consistent off the ground, can basically rally players to death
-Excellent backhand
-Mental stamina
-Her father
-Her forehand
-Her serve has deteriorated
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