Okie i started one on the NT thread but i want some response from the posters on the GM thread as well! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
<center>So...which player's game most resembles your own style of play?
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:00 AM
Short compact strokes without a full followthrough with power and great control and angles.
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:08 AM
ferrero, not sure if any women have a style of game like this. heavy spin but quite a bit of power, whippy, very physically based game (fitness fitness fitness, speed speed speed, endurance endurance endurance...) hes my idol <img src="cool.gif" border="0">
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:18 AM
my game is much like Jana novotna and Time Heman.
i have confidence on my net skill. also my approaching shots almost are slice. just like Novotna. i use slice to control my opponent to stay behind the baseline. when i see the chance i will use my powerful forehand--a little top spin to hit the ball. however, i don't have so strong serve. it's just ok, but i still play a lot of serve-and-volley style. so jana novotna and time henman became my favorate players a few years ago. so sad that not many serve and volley style top players are still playing since jana novotna retired. on man side too. later who can be my idol?
I change my mind, I think I am more like Venus. I am as thin as her, yet I hit as hard, if not harder than her. My game is by no means safe, I hit flat and hard groundies, hardly consistent or safe. My serve is rather big, but I have no idea how big it really is. Of course, my second serve is nowhere as good as Venus'. I am rather fast too, but I don't have Venus' reach. Venus has a great backhand, but I think my forehand is better than my backhand, unlike Venus. I which I could have Venus' backhand.... <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:24 AM
W_R: Is that Venus' model of racket you are using? <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:45 AM
Surprisingly, my favorite player, Monica Seles. Two handed everything! lol (except serve of course!) I can't wait for my school's season to start again. I can't wait to be on the courts again. Also, I usually blow it at net on big points (DAMN two hander!). ummm...Monica did that all last summer against Venus and Lidnsey <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:51 AM
Yup, I'm using a Venus racket too. I stole it from her pack too. It is a racket Venus the goddess has used before, that's why it is so amazing! It's been blessed <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Dec 19th, 2001, 05:42 AM
Strangely enough I'd have to say that my game resembles that of Hingis's...a player who I have a lot of respect for, but is far from a favorite of mine. My serve is more of a set-up tool than a weapon in itself, I beat players by using a wide variety of tactics (chip-charge, serve-volley, moonballs, counter-punch...you name it) and focus upon exploiting their weaknesses. Any Martina fans know if she generally hits flat-backhand drives? If so, then it really is scary how much it resembles. But I guess it makes sense, she was #1 and I watched her heaps when I was learning to play...
Dec 19th, 2001, 05:43 AM
Well since i hit two hands off both sides I guess hhmmmm....this one is hard.....hmmmmmm? LOL
Dec 19th, 2001, 07:57 AM
Mine resembles Mary Pierce's: a lot of power, good first serve, average second serve, below average net play, and no options on a bad day...
Dec 19th, 2001, 08:08 AM
Magnus Norman and Thomas Enqvist - Forehand! They usually play at baseline and most using forehand same as me. I had lethal forehand (with one-handed) <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> They was few using backhand same as me.
Silvia Farina-Elia or Nathalie Tauziat - Backhand! They always using one-handed backhand at left of the court in middle IF the ball is slow <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> If the ball is fast so, I use two-handed backhand same as umm... probadly Iroda Tulyaganova <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
My best shot is Forehand! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Dec 19th, 2001, 08:20 AM
Jimmy Connors. Connors was never my fav, but I've got his all court game, right down to being a lefty, a lethal backhand, and the fatal weakness off the forehand <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
I even has his "fiery" character on court <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />
Dec 19th, 2001, 09:02 AM
Goolagong, Evert, Court, King, Wade, Barker, Graf, Navratilova, Austin, Seles, Sabatini, Martinez and now ... Lindsay Davenport! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Ever since I was a child, I have always had the ability to mimic anyones game to a tee. This always annoyed my opponents because more often than not, I could change to a style of play that could defeat them. My junior coach used to call me the Chameleon, my opponents called me something else (LOL). <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" />
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Dec 19th, 2001, 11:37 AM
my style of play is to hit hard and flat groundies from both wings altho I can hit a good slice off the forehand side as well and fell okay coming to net and playing dropshots etc...
I actually find it more difficult to hit cross court backhands, and find hitting up the lines much easier....
One thing I can NEVER get rite is using topspin, how do you hit the ball to get topspin???
I seriously have no idea!
Oh and my serve could get a bit more punch to it, any ideas on how to do that?
So who do u guys think I play like coz I have no idea..........LOL!!
Dec 19th, 2001, 01:32 PM
I have always tried to imitate Steffi Graf's style of play <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> I'm a baseliner with a pretty good forehand (I think) and (slowly getter better) slice backhand. But my serve is horrible! <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
Dec 19th, 2001, 01:57 PM
That's what the club coach said anyway. Which was funny because I'm not as big or tall, yet there is the big booming serve and groundstrokes. Plus I'm fast and have great endurance. My net game is looking good too. It's something I've been working really hard on. Another major difference is that I've never been seriously injured, and I'm winning matches.
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:01 PM
Maybe like Michael Chang or Arantxa Sanchez, but i have a such a great backhand and good touch a net despite being a baseliner. And for the serve i remember a lot of justine henin while serving, not too powerful but very well placed and with diferent spins on ball, flat, slice or the american twist.
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:03 PM
I've been thinking about this, it's tough!!<br />Probably more like Conchita Martinez than any other, even though she's not big fav of mine. Forehand the best shot and use different spins depending on the situation.Weak single handed backhand and use mainly slice in defensive positions. Use the two handed backhand when receiving strong serves. Like Arantxa spends most of the time scrambling against better players, makes very few unforced errors, shots are generally not powerful so have to grind opponents down rather than power them off the court.<br />Sometimes get free points off the first serve, but both serves rely mainly on placement.<br />Volleys adequate but not good enough to spend much time at the net. Most of my favs are serve- volleyers, but i find this style of play difficult to emulate. Thats probably why I admire them cos i think its a lot more difficult to go to the net and take the risk of volleying rather than camp at the back and hit huge shots all day.
Dec 19th, 2001, 10:27 PM
Demeanor: Marat Safin - talking to myself, negative, always angry, happy when win and funny in 15 min after the match is over. One difference: i don't break rackets (I would have... <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> )
Play: Elena Dementieva - everything including going for big shots when I should be patient.
Dec 19th, 2001, 10:36 PM
OMG, I forgot about breaking rackets. If we compute the percentage share of one's income going into broken rackets, I beat Marat Safin easily in that percentage. 7 rackets only this year, LOL. Had to reorder just recently..
Dec 20th, 2001, 12:41 AM
Martina Hingis <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Not a very good serve, cause of my height, but well placed and mixed.
Good topspin forehand, but not my big shot. My backhand is the 2nd best of my state's juniors <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> Yeah, I can really either hit a hard winner on the line or take my opponent off with a beautiful crosscourt. Average net play, not that well.
My weapons are:<br />Good antecipation, fitness, speed, BACKHAND and mix of shots <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
Dec 20th, 2001, 02:36 AM
ys: Ai Aye Aye! 7 rackets this year??? <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
Dec 20th, 2001, 02:49 AM
I guess I'm a mix of all my favorite WTA tour players mostly because I've copied almost all their shots and can basically hit any shot in the book with some definite favorites and some major weaknesses...<br />Amanda's two-handed backhand and scrambling Steffi's slice backhand<br />Iva's FH follow-through w/Date's short preparation<br />Aranxta style slice forehand to get out of trouble sometimes<br />Finally just starting to get comfy at net but bad inconsistent forehand volley (prefer angle and drop volleys to power volley)<br />Good serve out wide on Deuce court<br />Weak second serve (especially when it gets tight)<br />Calm, Mary Joe demeanor <br /> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />Frequently changing between topspin to slice with a tendency to miss when I go for flat shots<br />Usually a baseliner who tends to win by wearing down the opponent with better fitness and getting everything back- Make them miss if you can't overpower them!!!!
Dec 20th, 2001, 03:01 AM
LLeyton hewitt: lots of stamina, consistent strokes, good control placement and pace, pretty good at net.
Dec 20th, 2001, 05:12 AM
bull: make max mirnyi youre idol!!!!! after ferrero, hes my #2 man, i adore both of them, theyre so cool.
<br />***now how many people use the same racquet as their player that they play similar to?
I DO! prince triple threat graphite mid+ i prefer 65lbs.
Dec 20th, 2001, 05:35 AM
[quote]bull: make max mirnyi youre idol!!!!! after ferrero, hes my #2 man, i adore both of them, theyre so cool.<hr></blockquote>
thanks for your recommendation,NejedlyKanepi. I watched max mirnyi play in German on TV. He played awesome in German!!! however, at that time, i didn't know who that guy was.<br />R64 Olivier Rochus (BEL) W 7-6(6) 6-2 <br />R32 Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) W 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 <br />R16 Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) W 4-6 7-6(6) 7-6(8) <br />QF Pete Sampras (USA) W 6-4 6-2 <br />SF Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) W 7-6(3) 6-3 <br />F Tommy Haas (GER) L 2-6 2-6 2-6
Ferrero, his style dosen't fit my game.however, he will be a great champion in the near future.
Dec 20th, 2001, 05:48 AM
max has been at the top of my favs list for about 2 years, i was very very very very pleased with stuttgart. did you see the final? tommy played sooo well, and max played great too. just that tommy is at a diffrent level in singles. in doubles however...GO MAX!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Dec 20th, 2001, 05:56 AM
shame, i didn't watch the final. i just catch mirnyi vs sampras and vs Yevgeny Kafelnikov. his net skill and powerful shot,for sure,will make him be the top player!!!
so just follow him! go Max!!! <br /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Dec 20th, 2001, 09:32 AM
I have a good serve and I hit hard and flat. But I dont know much about drop shots and slices. I duno which player plays like that.
Dec 20th, 2001, 02:01 PM
I use Yonex Pro RD-70 Long [105 sq in] ... <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Dec 20th, 2001, 03:47 PM
Guess what gorecki, I have that racket too... except that it is 98 inches only <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> How much did yours cost?
Dec 20th, 2001, 04:47 PM
It got it cheap thru mail order [i think it was around 90 bucks a racket]. plus the fact that the model has been out since '97.
Dec 20th, 2001, 04:49 PM
*thinking back to playing days*
I'd say the current player that most resembles my style is Selima Sfar. I haven't had the pleasure of seeing her play, but from all accounts, she attacks relentlessly. I read about her coming into net on Miriam Oremans' first serve. And Miriam is an S&V player herself, with pretty good pop on the serve. I like that kind of aggression. Get to net whenever possible.
Dec 20th, 2001, 06:56 PM
brian, max never quits <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> he cames in on the most random plays, just to keep you on your toes.
for example: at the open against guga, he was standing inside the baseline to return first serve, and would come in <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> middle of a bseline rally (as few as he gets himself into) hell just charge! its so great! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
*trying to build strong fanbase for max* <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" />