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Re: Best volleyer- Navratilova or King
I think King was a superb technician on the volley, she understood the geometry of the court and her first volley placement was extraordinary. She was a master of shot placement in general and played the percentages well, usually just doing enough with the volley to make it incredibly difficult for her opponent to pass her.
Navratilova learnt much from her association and doubles partnership with King. She too was a naturally gifted volleyer and aggressive shot maker like King.
What made Martina such a formidable volleyer was her speed and strength. She was an imposing net figure, quick and powerful.
Technically Martina improved her forehand volley over time, in the 70s she took at all mighty swing at that shot and it was prone to error at clutch moments. By the mid 80s that technical deficiency had almost been erradicated, through sheer hard work and modification of the swing, getting down lower and bending her knees on contact. The errors only came when she failed to get low to the net. Her strength, confidence and anticipation made up for the slight technical imperfection.
I can't seperate them really.
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Last edited by bionic71; May 24th, 2011 at 01:04 PM.