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Berlin_Calling
Jul 10th, 2005, 03:51 PM
of course for me, it is Mary between-the-legs winner against Seles in RG 2000. that was simply amazing, no other words to describe that shot.

also in the YEC in 2001, on match point for Serena against Justine, Serena hit a backhand overhead/drop shot right over the net all with a broken string and i remember just sitting there thinking what shitty luck for Justine. that shot was pretty hot as well.

frenchie
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:17 PM
Yes I saw this 2 shots live on TV. I was in shock....

I remember Myskina saving a MP against Zvonareva at San Diego last year with a great shot.
Vera served and volleyed a long and crossed forehand volley. This would have been enough to win the match (as I thought!) but Nastya ran like a rabbit and hit an incredible forehand through Vera. Vera was disgusted and eventually lost the match.

Havok
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:18 PM
Pierce/Seles Rg 2000 QF, the tweener. Best shot I've ever seen.:worship:

vwfan
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:24 PM
anytime Venus does her signature swing volley. :eek:

SJW
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:28 PM
too many to mention
but looking through my champs tape Serena was featured in like 7 of the top 10 shots of the tournament hahaha. she had a great rally with Myskina that ended with her hitting an amazing backhand passing shot.
Venus hit a one handed backhand passing shot vs Srebotnik at Wimby 03 that was OFF THE HOOK! :banana:
Maria hit a great lob against Serena at the AO after this amazing rally that Serena could only applaud and smile at :D
and any damn thing that Roger Federer does.

TomTennis
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:28 PM
any Venus shot...no im joking. lol

But there have been a few good ones. I remember probably the best volley iv seen was when Serena saved the match point against Clijsters at AO 2003, she approached the net and just (i mean just) managed to reach the fhand volley. I think with it being MP it was probably more exciting then it being at 15-15 or something.

Oneofakind0490
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:29 PM
I wanna see that Mary between the legs shot:mad:

TomTennis
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:30 PM
Venus hit a one handed backhand passing shot vs Srebotnik at Wimby 03 that was OFF THE HOOK! :banana:

remember that! actually i have it on vid....FABULOUS!!!! :hearts: :hearts: :bounce:

king416
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:34 PM
Serena hit a succession of unbelievable winners when she demolished Hingis at the US Open in 2000, along with a 1st serve percentage of 100% in the second set :eek: One shot in particular was an off balance hooked extreme angle cross court backhand, she just could'nt miss that day :worship:

slydevil6142
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:42 PM
I recall that scorching backhand down the line Venus hit against Hingis in the 2000 us open simply amazing shot.

king416
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:45 PM
Also credit to Hingis for a fantastic forehand winner down the line against Venus in the semis of the USopen (which she lost). Hingis wasnt well known for hitting winners but it was an amazing shot, she was at full stretch, pulled right out of the court, and put it deep and right on the side line.

slydevil6142
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:49 PM
Also credit to Hingis for a fantastic forehand winner down the line against Venus in the semis of the USopen (which she lost). Hingis wasnt well known for hitting winners but it was an amazing shot, she was at full stretch, pulled right out of the court, and put it deep and right on the side line.

That shot was amazing ... in fact that is just one of the best matches Ive had the pleasure to see.

TomTennis
Jul 10th, 2005, 04:56 PM
Serena hit a succession of unbelievable winners when she demolished Hingis at the US Open in 2000, along with a 1st serve percentage of 100% in the second set :eek: One shot in particular was an off balance hooked extreme angle cross court backhand, she just could'nt miss that day :worship:

2001 not 2000.

I have that match as well. She just couldnt do anything wrong that day!!!!

J-Mac just couldnt believe it when the stats came up and Serena had a 100% first serve percentage in the second set!

bmxbandit
Jul 10th, 2005, 05:12 PM
Yea, he was like...."Hold on a sec...she hasn't missed a serve this entire set. IS THAT TRUE?"

tfannis
Jul 10th, 2005, 05:15 PM
How much I dislike Pierce, that shot against Seles at RG00 is the best I've ever seen.

lukehingis
Jul 10th, 2005, 05:16 PM
Hingis' running forehand down the line against Venus was a stunner in the US Open SF...

I think Martina also hit this running backhand winner passing shot up the line against venus at the Wimbledon QF in 2000. It was a do or die situation (she was on the dead run) and she used ONE hand and flicked it up the line for a winner.

I know she did something similar at the 99 SF US Open but I didn't watch that match...

sebbe
Jul 10th, 2005, 05:17 PM
Mary's shot between her legs against Seles in RG 2000. Nothing can even compete with that.

DA FOREHAND
Jul 10th, 2005, 05:51 PM
Hingis hit the most incredible angled backhand on matchpoint to defeat Seles 97 French Semis.

Venus saving matchpoint against Spirlea w/a scrambling, screaming dtl passing shot that landed sq. on the line 97 US Open Semi

jimbo mack
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:17 PM
i can think of 4

french open 2000: obviously the pierce one (between the legs)

us open 1999: the hingis one semi v venus (running down that forehand)

us open 1996: steffi hit an amazing forehand winner to beat kournikova in the 4th round. she hit it so hard i could not actually see it, until it was played in slow mo

up open 1997: kristie boogert hit a return of serve winner against seles in the 1st round. it was the fastest serve seles struck out of the whole match and boogert did not even have to swing her racket, seles' serve just bounced off boogert's racquet and the pace generated from seles's serve meant that boogert's return was hit right back at monica's feet. but monica was still getting in position after serving before realising boogert's return was coming right back at her. it ended up a winner right by monica's feet. it got the whole crowd and both players laughing

Knizzle
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:19 PM
also in the YEC in 2001, on match point for Serena against Justine, Serena hit a backhand overhead/drop shot right over the net all with a broken string and i remember just sitting there thinking what shitty luck for Justine. that shot was pretty hot as well.

I remember that. Justine was pissed cause she was just trying to make Serena hit a shot to mess up with the broken string. :lol:

Knizzle
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:23 PM
Hingis' running forehand down the line against Venus was a stunner in the US Open SF...

Yeah that came out of nowhere after a long hard hitting rally.

I think Martina also hit this running backhand winner passing shot up the line against venus at the Wimbledon QF in 2000. It was a do or die situation (she was on the dead run) and she used ONE hand and flicked it up the line for a winner.

Yeah the "classic one handed backhand". After she hit that Venus made a face and said something to herself like "Hmmm.....that was pretty good"

Volcana
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:23 PM
Wimbledon '89 ASV vs Raffaella Reggi (obviously seen on highlight, that match wasn't televised in the States). ASV hit a drop shot, from behind the baseline, on match point against her.

It's the shot Nav later referred to as a death wish

VRee_Willario
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:33 PM
Wimbledon '89 ASV vs Raffaella Reggi (obviously seen on highlight, that match wasn't televised in the States). ASV hit a drop shot, from behind the baseline, on match point against her.

It's the shot Nav later referred to as a death wish
I've watched that match MANY times, and yeas it was amazing, it was such a surprise for Reggi, she didn't even manage to react to it and even better that Arantxa won the match

deja_entendu
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:43 PM
Other than the Hingis ones that have been mentioned :hearts:, does anyone remember when Henin beat Serena 7-6 in the third in... I think Berlin? Henin already blew a few match points and it was 5-5 in the tiebreaker with Henin rushing the net. Serena hit an amazingly low, powerful backhand that dipped right at Henin's feet and Henin hit the most wonderful stab-half-volley-dropper I've ever seen.

Berlin_Calling
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:48 PM
Other than the Hingis ones that have been mentioned :hearts:, does anyone remember when Henin beat Serena 7-6 in the third in... I think Berlin? Henin already blew a few match points and it was 5-5 in the tiebreaker with Henin rushing the net. Serena hit an amazingly low, powerful backhand that dipped right at Henin's feet and Henin hit the most wonderful stab-half-volley-dropper I've ever seen.

um that shot was freakin' gorgeous. and speaking of Justine and amazing half volleys in tight situations, does anybody remember in the third set of Justine vs Jennifer in the US Open in 2003, when Justine just stuck out her racquet next to her feet to a hard hit forehand from Jen only to hit a drop shot/half volley winner? that was incredible touch.

Berlin_Calling
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:56 PM
I wanna see that Mary between the legs shot:mad:

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/marypierce/MaryMonicaRG00.avi (http://perso.wanadoo.fr/marypierce/MaryMonicaRG00.avi)

here it is! courtesy of the guys in the Theres Something About Mary forum :D

j_dementieva27
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:58 PM
i just remember a venus shot... it was wimbledon, i think 2003 ... early on in the tournament (maybe 2nd or 3rd round)... and venus was on the dead run from the right side of the baseline to the left.... she hit an AMAZING ONE HANDED backhand the was perfectly angled crosscourt and passed whoever it was at net with little effort

she did a little "whoaahhh" after the point... she knew it was good too

there were countless shots like that us open 2003 jen/henin match

Lady
Jul 10th, 2005, 07:10 PM
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/marypierce/MaryMonicaRG00.avi (http://perso.wanadoo.fr/marypierce/MaryMonicaRG00.avi)

here it is! courtesy of the guys in the Theres Something About Mary forum :D

Thanks!!
I heard so much about this shot, but never seen it. ;)


Justine's hlaf-volley from her feet in Jennifer's match was amazing. If she lost that point, it would give Jennifer match point.

cartmancop
Jul 10th, 2005, 07:19 PM
The Mary Pierce shot is tops IMO. I remember when that happened, it made the highlights for the rest of the tournament:)

Venus' 1-hander passing shot was also great.

Knizzle
Jul 10th, 2005, 07:19 PM
This year in Amelia Venus made an impossible forehand passing shot stretched out wide on the run past Lindsay Davenport.

kosmikgroove
Jul 10th, 2005, 07:27 PM
Thanks!!
I heard so much about this shot, but never seen it. ;)


Justine's hlaf-volley from her feet in Jennifer's match was amazing. If she lost that point, it would give Jennifer match point.

justine hit so many half-volley winners @ the USO 03 it was amazing. but that SF match had so many amazing points:

1. Justine hit a weak approach shot, so she was forced to hit a half volley that landed just a few feet past the net. Jenn RUSHED her ass to the ball, lobed it over Henin into the far backhand court. Justine managed to run from the net, behind the ball to hit another lob back which forced the error from Capriati.

2. 1st game 3rd set, justine hit an amazing wrist-flicked passing shot after just stabbing back an amazing FH from capriati.

V-MAC
Jul 10th, 2005, 07:30 PM
not just a single shot but one of the MOST impressive games I've ever seen was between Alex Stevenson and Jelena Dokic in the Canadian Open 3/4 years ago I think. Anyway, Alexandra won a game to love by serving up 4 straight aces. :eek: That is quite a rare thing to do I would imagine.

SJW
Jul 10th, 2005, 08:54 PM
not just a single shot but one of the MOST impressive games I've ever seen was between Alex Stevenson and Jelena Dokic in the Canadian Open 3/4 years ago I think. Anyway, Alexandra won a game to love by serving up 4 straight aces. :eek: That is quite a rare thing to do I would imagine.
then Jeca responded in her service game by serving an ace first point and threw her hands up in the air :haha::haha::haha::haha:

i was PISSING myself. that was funny :)

SJW
Jul 10th, 2005, 08:55 PM
i just remember a venus shot... it was wimbledon, i think 2003 ... early on in the tournament (maybe 2nd or 3rd round)... and venus was on the dead run from the right side of the baseline to the left.... she hit an AMAZING ONE HANDED backhand the was perfectly angled crosscourt and passed whoever it was at net with little effort

mentioned it in my post. it was Srebotnik :)

saby
Jul 10th, 2005, 09:22 PM
of course for me, it is Mary between-the-legs winner against Seles in RG 2000. that was simply amazing, no other words to describe that shot.

also in the YEC in 2001, on match point for Serena against Justine, Serena hit a backhand overhead/drop shot right over the net all with a broken string and i remember just sitting there thinking what shitty luck for Justine. that shot was pretty hot as well.

I was going to say that one too !! good choice Chrispy

stenen
Jul 11th, 2005, 01:32 PM
of course for me, it is Mary between-the-legs winner against Seles in RG 2000. that was simply amazing, no other words to describe that shot.


It definitely was and still is. :worship:

lukehingis
Jul 11th, 2005, 01:38 PM
The Mary Pierce shot is tops IMO. I remember when that happened, it made the highlights for the rest of the tournament:)

Venus' 1-hander passing shot was also great.

Think Pierce's shot made CNN's Play of the day... I don't think many tennis points are made 'play of the day' on CNN...

Mark Spruce
Jul 11th, 2005, 02:26 PM
Yes for me it is a great and the best shot ever. I even tried it playing tennis and fell flat on my face and it hurt jejejeje

Mary did a similar one against Sharapova this year i think.

Oh CNN yeah play of the way always seems to be Baseball or Basketball when they are on. so it must yes have been so very impressive for CNN to feature it.

Mark

Think Pierce's shot made CNN's Play of the day... I don't think many tennis points are made 'play of the day' on CNN...

Alize's#1fan
Jul 11th, 2005, 02:29 PM
Every shot Nadal Hits! :)

UDiTY
Jul 11th, 2005, 02:47 PM
I am gonna disagree with most of you about Pierce's shot:scared:

It was a lucky shot that's fun to watch, but alot of other better movers would have easily been able to hit a forehand passing shot against monica's ball, which was in the middle of the court.

I would say best defensive shot would have to be the lob someone described in the Justine-Jennifer semi at the US Open in 2003, or Venus' forehand pass down MP against Lindsay in the 4th round of the US Open.

Best offensive shot would have to be Venus' (the best one) backhand DTL against Jennifer USO '01, or does anyone remember the Venus-Lindsay final of the USO in '00 when Lindsay hit an amazing forehand dtl to get a double break up 4-1 in the first!?

But I agree that Mary's shot was the funnest:p

JPrince
Jul 11th, 2005, 02:48 PM
Pierce/Seles Rg 2000 QF, the tweener. Best shot I've ever seen.:worship:


Although it was a great shot by Mary, Gabriela Sabatini used the "Sabatweenie" shot long before Mary did.

stenen
Jul 11th, 2005, 03:00 PM
Although it was a great shot by Mary, Gabriela Sabatini used the "Sabatweenie" shot long before Mary did.

True but Mary's shot had more importance since it became more or less of a turning point in that match.
I've seen Gaby doing her shot a couple times but I've never seen it go in.

RenaSlam.
Jul 11th, 2005, 03:34 PM
Allez.

Vamos Feńa
Jul 11th, 2005, 03:35 PM
then Jeca responded in her service game by serving an ace first point and threw her hands up in the air :haha::haha::haha::haha:

i was PISSING myself. that was funny :)
Jelena :hearts: :hearts: Would love to see that :D
I only remember Jelena won 1/6 7/5 6/1 it was during her 02' summer :sad: Miss that.
Remember Jelena hitting a powerfull FH DTL winner at Anna's mp (Dokic def. Kournikova 6/7 7/6 6/0)

SelesFan70
Jul 11th, 2005, 05:44 PM
Chris Evert's backhand down the line to win the 1985 French Open over Martina Navratilova and reclaim the #1 ranking. :worship:

Spunky83
Jul 11th, 2005, 06:06 PM
I am gonna disagree with most of you about Pierce's shot:scared:

It was a lucky shot that's fun to watch, but alot of other better movers would have easily been able to hit a forehand passing shot against monica's ball, which was in the middle of the court.

I would say best defensive shot would have to be the lob someone described in the Justine-Jennifer semi at the US Open in 2003, or Venus' forehand pass down MP against Lindsay in the 4th round of the US Open.

Best offensive shot would have to be Venus' (the best one) backhand DTL against Jennifer USO '01, or does anyone remember the Venus-Lindsay final of the USO in '00 when Lindsay hit an amazing forehand dtl to get a double break up 4-1 in the first!?

But I agree that Mary's shot was the funnest:p

Was that one the lob after Jen has played a lob? If so, then yeah, incredible ball...but that match featured a lot of crazy points.

LeRoy.
Jul 11th, 2005, 06:14 PM
Monica :hearts: v/s Mary :hearts: - that shot was great :worship:

middy
Jul 11th, 2005, 06:22 PM
Best shot I've seen in my entire life. Mary hitting the obn shot btw her legs in RG 2000. Mary :worship: :worship: :worship:
Since I downloaded that point I cant stop watching it, Mary seemed to have lost that point and bam she hit a scorcher.

And someone was right, whatever Federer produces when he is being streched in defence :hearts:

tfannis
Jul 12th, 2005, 07:33 PM
Think Pierce's shot made CNN's Play of the day... I don't think many tennis points are made 'play of the day' on CNN...

I remember Kim and Xavier (Malisse) making CNN's play of the day :lol: It was a point in a mixed double match at the Hopman Cup, go figure :eek: One of those typical neverending double rallies which ended with Xavier picking up an impossible bullet at the net and lobbing it on the baseline. :)

tfannis
Jul 12th, 2005, 07:35 PM
Best shot I've seen in my entire life. Mary hitting the obn shot btw her legs in RG 2000. Mary :worship: :worship: :worship:
Since I downloaded that point I cant stop watching it, Mary seemed to have lost that point and bam she hit a scorcher.

And someone was right, whatever Federer produces when he is being streched in defence :hearts:

You can't link it somehow? :o I'd love to rewatch it again :)

JenFan75
Jul 12th, 2005, 08:13 PM
Loit saved a match point against Serena with an amazing drop shot winner. That's one of the best shots I can think of at the top of my head

Berlin_Calling
Jul 12th, 2005, 08:21 PM
You can't link it somehow? :o I'd love to rewatch it again :)

i provided a link on the first page of the thread ;)

Berlin_Calling
Jul 12th, 2005, 08:26 PM
Greatest return ever probably goes to Serena. Justine vs. Serena in RG 2003, on Justine´s set point, Serena blasted a forehand return off of a first serve only a few feet from Justine, but it was hit so hard that Justine couldn´t even start to move to return it.

One of the greatest lobs is US Open 2003 finals in the first set when Kim hit a drop shot and Justine ran up to it, hit a backhand lob over Kim´s head which landed on both lines. Amazing.

Anyone remember these points?

safinforlife
Jul 12th, 2005, 08:37 PM
I like the forehand passing shot done by Venus at the 04 Us open to save a match point from lindsay davenport.

alfajeffster
Jul 12th, 2005, 08:45 PM
Chris Evert's backhand down the line to win the 1985 French Open over Martina Navratilova and reclaim the #1 ranking. :worship:

:worship: You beat me to the punch- that one shot conquered (at least temporarily) the "Team Navratilova" unseating of Evert a few years earlier, and was the culmination of a great deal of hard personal work. I never get tired of seeing that point.

davidmario
Jul 12th, 2005, 08:56 PM
venus's backhand when she was down MP against Davenport (wimbledon 2005).

Paialii
Jul 12th, 2005, 08:57 PM
Wow, some really good points mentioned here, it's brought back some great memories!

The Mary Pierce shot is funny, but I agree with whoever else said that it was a little unnecessary, but great entertainment none the less. There's a shot that Roddick made (can't remember who he was playing) last year that made the CNN play of the day and the front page of ATPTennis.com for a while. He was at the net when his opponent hit a lob that forced him to run after it. He did this little flick of the wrist thing while facing away from the net and it ended up being a winner. He didn't even know if it had landed in or not. He's made the tweener (an actual tweener, even better than Mary's ;)) a few times, all great fun to watch.

I believe it was at the 2004 YEC when Serena played Myskina, I THINK it was a backhand down-the-line winner on the run that was really spectacular, she threw her hands up after it with a "Yes."

Serena's had a few great points at the Aussie Open. In 03 she saved match points against Clijsters with some pretty tricky shots, including a forehand volley that she just BARELY got to to save a match point. Go to this link and go to the very last video listed to see highlights of their match:

http://2005.australianopen.com/en_AU/interactive/tv/moments.html

You'll also find several other classic moments from the AO there. Let's also not forget how Serena saved two of three match points against Sharapova; one with a blistering forehand return that Sharapova hardly saw, and another by some blistering forehands that wrongfooted Maria.

The other ones have already been mentioned. Hopefully the US Open will provide some classic shots/moments. :)

Wolfram Hart
Jul 12th, 2005, 09:12 PM
The best shot I ever seen had to be at the Australian Open final of 1999 when Jelena Dokic was playing Martina Hingis. Martina was known as one of the games best and fastest servers ever in the Women’s game. It was match point to Hingis and she launched a massive 149mph serve, I think that’s a world record, only it was never verified due to the 99mph backwind.
So Martina served at incredible speed, and Jelena dived across the court just about got her racquet onto the ball to make a return, she was lucky enough to get a net cord which caught Hingis unaware, as Martina had already threw her arms up into the air to celebrate her sixth Australian title. So just as the ball hit the tape Martina ran to the net to retrieve as best she could what looked like the impossible. But during Jelena’s dive on court her dress had become torn exposing her left breast, with erect 9 inch nipple.
Martina ran as fast as she could one eye on the ball, the other on Jelena’s exposed breast, as Jelena fought desperately to conceal her embarrassment Martina played what can only be described as under hand topspin drop shot.
Jelena had by then covered up, but as she ran to recover Martina’s incredible shot her father Damir had run on court with a tracksuit top for his daughter, so the umpire decided they should replay the point.

SpikeyAidanm
Jul 13th, 2005, 12:08 AM
Dokic vs Martinez Roland Garros 2002 2r, about 20 of her winners (Dokic's), I was like :eek:

petey_pan
Jul 13th, 2005, 12:13 AM
Dokic vs Martinez Roland Garros 2002 2r, about 20 of her winners (Dokic's), I was like :eek:

Hehe I was about to say the same one - when 2 points from defeat in the tie-break at 6-6 and there was a huge rally and Dokic finally hit this inside out backhand crosscourt winner, it was so brave I was like :eek:

The COOLEST shot i've ever seen though was from Evie Dominikovic in the 2001 Aus Open when she beat Patty Schynder. Patty was being her usual brilliant self and took Evie WAAAAAAAAAYYYY out of court with this extreme angled cross court shot and Evie somehow not only got her raquet on it but hit this amazing winner down the line and Patty sorta just stopped dead in her tracks and shook her head lol, and Evie's face was priceless she like gasped and put her hand on her mouth haha she's so funny :worship:

VS Fan
Jul 13th, 2005, 12:32 AM
Between the legs shots are NOT great shots. They are "hot dog" shots or "desperation" shots.

If one gets a winner from one of these shots it is either pure luck or the fact that the other player thought the point was over and relaxed.

PLEASE do not tell me that a "between the legs" shot is EVER a great shot!!

I will acknowledge that that such a shot that works is highly entertaining.
BUT, it has to be a very LOW percentage shot.

MinnyGophers
Jul 13th, 2005, 12:35 AM
coolest shot i've ever seen was the AMAZING drop volley winner from Amelie during her semifinal vs Serena.
Serena tried to hit a passing shot and Amelie ran to the net and made an incredibly graceful drop shot with amazing underspin that landed right over the net and stopped right there. It also was an incredible angle because she was at the very left end of the net, and put the ball away on the other side pretty much on the line.
What impressed me was how graceful that shot was especially after the powerful ball that Serena hit.

middy
Jul 13th, 2005, 01:51 AM
Between the legs shots are NOT great shots. They are "hot dog" shots or "desperation" shots.

If one gets a winner from one of these shots it is either pure luck or the fact that the other player thought the point was over and relaxed.

PLEASE do not tell me that a "between the legs" shot is EVER a great shot!!

I will acknowledge that that such a shot that works is highly entertaining.
BUT, it has to be a very LOW percentage shot.

Have you even seen that shot :rolleyes: , most leg shots come back fast, the one Mary hit turned out to be a great lob, and that is why I rate it as one of my fav shots.

aimee20
Jul 13th, 2005, 02:46 AM
Between the legs shots are NOT great shots. They are "hot dog" shots or "desperation" shots.

If one gets a winner from one of these shots it is either pure luck or the fact that the other player thought the point was over and relaxed.

PLEASE do not tell me that a "between the legs" shot is EVER a great shot!!

I will acknowledge that that such a shot that works is highly entertaining.
BUT, it has to be a very LOW percentage shot.

it's not just "pure luck" shot like you just said.
she did aimed for the lob shot.and after that shot she ran to cover the court on the other side just in case seles could hit it back. :bowdown:

Paialii
Jul 13th, 2005, 02:48 AM
coolest shot i've ever seen was the AMAZING drop volley winner from Amelie during her semifinal vs Serena.
Serena tried to hit a passing shot and Amelie ran to the net and made an incredibly graceful drop shot with amazing underspin that landed right over the net and stopped right there. It also was an incredible angle because she was at the very left end of the net, and put the ball away on the other side pretty much on the line.
What impressed me was how graceful that shot was especially after the powerful ball that Serena hit.

Semi at Wimbledon, YEC, or what?

Paialii
Jul 13th, 2005, 02:50 AM
Between the legs shots are NOT great shots. They are "hot dog" shots or "desperation" shots.

If one gets a winner from one of these shots it is either pure luck or the fact that the other player thought the point was over and relaxed.

PLEASE do not tell me that a "between the legs" shot is EVER a great shot!!

I will acknowledge that that such a shot that works is highly entertaining.
BUT, it has to be a very LOW percentage shot.

It's a legitimate shot, and there ARE times when it's your only option, despite it being low-percentage. I learned the shot two years ago (my coach and I spent an entire hour on it), and when you are taught correctly, you are taught how to control it; atleast the height. I've used it successfully in only one match, but how often do you really have to use it? Not that often. It's often referred to as a "Showboat" shot, but nonethless, it's legitimate and when you win the point off it, it's worthy of an applause.

Havok
Jul 13th, 2005, 03:10 AM
Wow, some really good points mentioned here, it's brought back some great memories!

The Mary Pierce shot is funny, but I agree with whoever else said that it was a little unnecessary, but great entertainment none the less. There's a shot that Roddick made (can't remember who he was playing) last year that made the CNN play of the day and the front page of ATPTennis.com for a while. He was at the net when his opponent hit a lob that forced him to run after it. He did this little flick of the wrist thing while facing away from the net and it ended up being a winner. He didn't even know if it had landed in or not. He's made the tweener (an actual tweener, even better than Mary's ;)) a few times, all great fun to watch.


I believe it was Cincy early rounds vs Kiefer.

Hots4Safin
Jul 13th, 2005, 05:07 AM
Venus at wimby 03 with the one handed backhand against Srebotnik...that was really hot.

A few of Serena's overheads against Sharapova at AO 05 were incredible.

Martina's forehand USO 00 against Venus.

Venus saving matchpoint against Davenport at USO 04 with the forehand cross court.

All greatness.

andrewbroad
Aug 11th, 2005, 02:26 AM
This is one of the very few areas in which men's tennis actually has the edge over women's tennis.

At Wimbledon 1995, Emilio Álvarez hit an amazing passing-shot winner between his legs against Boris Becker.

And then there are the shots around the net-posts (below the height of the net). I seem to remember Pete Sampras hitting such a winner against Thomas Muster at the Australian Open 1997, and Cedric Pioline doing such against Michael Stich at Wimbledon 1997.

In women's tennis, there are too many great shots to choose from (particularly from the racket of Monica Seles, which often made me gasp with awe), but I don't actually remember seeing any through-the-legs or round-the-post shots myself.

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