Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: United States of America
Inside the Loop
I was thinking the other day (I know- dangerous, very dangerous) after watching Francesca Schiavone play, which players of the past had that much variety on the one-handed backhand, and whom do you think was close to the best at incorporating the long, loopy topspin backhand on a regular basis with good success? My vote is for Amelie Mauresmo, with Gabriela Sabatini close behind. Going farther back to when 3 of the 4 majors were on grass, most players only sliced, chipped or occasionally a flat drive, Evonne Goolagong had a really good topspin backhand, which is made all the more spectacular given the size of her racquet face.
There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.