I am currently lost on how to hit my ground-strokes. I know Nastya has great groudies, but I have never seen her play live and it's hard to judge how a player hits on TV.
So my main question is, from all the pictures I have seen Nastya's racket face is wide open when in contact with the ball so does she hit her shots mainly flat or does she brush up on the ball on her follow through to get some topspin? Because in the pictures I see it would be like she gets zero topspin. So is it like she is hitting flat and hard or does she have more topspin?
And one more thing does she use a full western grip or more of a semi-western grip on the forehand.
Thanks in advance. :)
Jan 27th, 2005, 07:28 PM
I haven't seen her live but from what i've seen on tv she hits very flat. If you want to study topspin just look at Spanish players, or Spanish influenced players. Such as Kuznetsova. http://www.imagelink.org/id30820.gif
Maybe Spunky can help you more since she's seen Anastasia live. :)
Jan 27th, 2005, 09:10 PM
- Very, very flat...just a few centimeters over the net (very nice to see esp. from the courtside on the ground)
- Hits the ball very early
- No top-spin at all, not on backhand and not on forehand, just straight forward. itīs just her game.
- serve: likes to slice balls (esp. on deuce-side), no kick, speed averaged, awful second serve
Well...besides that, sheīs unbelievable fast, thin and extremely fragile (weird, but true)...Masha has the same weight, but somehow she looks like a tower, lol.
For more information ask Ola. I think sheīs the one who has watched the most live-matches of her;)
Jan 27th, 2005, 11:02 PM
Masha has the same weight, but somehow she looks like a tower, lol.Oh, please. On the WTA website it says Serena weighs 3kg or 5lbs more than Anastasia. Pfft yeah maybe her pinky finger. Its all lies. Don't believe them. I wouldn't be surprised if they mixed up a right-hander with a left-hander too. http://www.imagelink.org/id30822.gif
I wouldn't recommend modeling your game after Anastasia's. Would bring too much frustration hehs.
Jan 28th, 2005, 01:17 AM
Thanks for these reply's. Great to see she hit's flat, that must be were she gets her power from. :D
I hope one day I can see her play live. :)
Jan 28th, 2005, 12:38 PM
By the way Breakaway (are you a Kelly Clarkson fan?), I like your fave players constellation;)
@Emptiness: Well, itīs interesting isnīt it? I guess they have forgotten to update Mashaīs stats in the last two years, she has grown a little and 59 kg for Nastya doesnīt fit at all imo. I have a friend who is is just two centimeters smaller than her and she weighs 50 kg and she has the same built as Nastya and I seriously donīt think that she has so many mucles that would explain the 59 kg...conspiracy!