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santhuruu
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:04 AM
I have readen threads like, who has the best serve, best forehand, best backhand, and even dropshot.
So who has got the best volleys at the net?

I think Venus is really good at the net, even Pam Shriver said this year that Venus has the best volleys.

BONES08
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:30 AM
I agree, it's Venus, then mAURESMO.

Wannabeknowitall
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:34 AM
Hingis, Mauresmo, and then Venus. Venus has the most tendency out of the three for her volleys to go into the bottom of the net.
Venus has better approach shots to the net. Actually a lot of times her approach shots become winners.
Hingis and Mauresmo don't but compensate with better volleys.

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:35 AM
id say hingis and venus

Maryamator
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:03 AM
venus' is great especially her drive volley:D amelie's touches are just amazing.

tennis nut
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:53 AM
hello......LISA RAYMOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship: SHE IS THE BEST!

areeka101
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:06 AM
I would actually say Serena.

btexas
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:19 AM
Navratilova, followed close by Raymond. They are both amazing. :worship:

There are many others though (Amelie, Hingis, Venus, Davenport...).

xr6turbo
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:21 AM
I would actually say Serena.
:unsure:

LostGlory
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:37 AM
If we are talking about active player.....I would name a few....

Navratilova-Peschke-Mauresmo-Raymond

Now best volley on the attack has to be Mauresmo followed closely by Venus....

lindsayno1
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:41 AM
toss up between vee, serena, davenport and mauresmo

wally1
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:52 AM
I think Roberta Vinci is the best volleyer of the players I've seen recently. She regularly makes volley winners off very difficult balls - the only thing that lets her down sometimes at the net is a lack of reach..

mike/topgun
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:05 AM
lets say...
somewhat 4eva - Navratilova, King, Novotna , etc.

and then the doubles specialists...Raymond, Stubbs etc.
Along active singlists:
most of the top10 players have really good volley skills:
1.Lindsay, Williams Sistaz, Alicia and Amelie - who has a baffling volley
2.JHH, Petrova, Mary, ...Hingis so did Kournikova (in recent years)
but perhaps Masha , Kim and Jenn should work on it sometimes :lol:

lynch79
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:05 AM
Hingis. Mauresmo, sometimes. And Venus, when she's playing good.

Jenny.C.Fan
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:27 AM
Amelie :)

Derek.
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:29 AM
Venus and Amelie.

sapir1434
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:59 AM
venus' is great especially her drive volley:D amelie's touches are just amazing.
I agree

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:12 PM
Roby Vinci beats them all
Hingis now she is back is the tops still.

alfajeffster
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:18 PM
Without a doubt Martina Navratilova. There hasn't been anyone in women's tennis who has even come close since the early 80s.

Carsten
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:28 PM
I'm really shocked so many people think Venus has one of the best volleys... it's ok but not one of the best, especially not technical...

I'd say Justine Henin-Hardenne, Amelie Mauresmo, Martina Hingis, Lisa Raymod, Renea Stubbs..

alfonsojose
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:33 PM
I would actually say Serena.
:haha: :haha:

Ryan
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:40 PM
ROTF! Venus and Amelie may have the best volley of Top 10 players, but overall? No way! Lisa Raymond, Navratilova, VRP, Stosur, Black, Suarez, Stubbs ALL have technically superior volleys.

If we're talking about effectiveness instead of the actual shot, even then I would place those previously mentioned above ANY Top 10 player. They all have doubles instincts that help back up their volleys, and know when to poach and how to make their shots most effective.

areeka101
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:46 PM
:haha: :haha:

I don't particularly like her game but I've seen her hit some fantastic backhand volleys over the years....

Ryan
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:48 PM
I don't particularly like her game but I've seen her hit some fantastic backhand volleys over the years....



If 4 or 5 "fantastic backhand volleys" is all you've seen her make over "the years" (read: career), then she doesn't have the best volley. :retard:

Volcana
Dec 15th, 2005, 02:52 PM
"Who has the best volleys' isn't the same as, 'who's most effective at net?'

Navratilova isn't as fast as she used to be, but her volleys are light-years ahead of anyone on tour.

Venus is the most effective at the net because of how much net she covers. She's fast, she's really long, and has great extension on both sides. She's just a nightmare to pass. Serena and Ameile Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne all are more agile up there, but they're 5 to 9 inches shorter. That's an incredible difference when you're trying to cover the net. Venus doesn't have to rely on anticipating where the attempted passing shot will go. She's long enough and fast enough that she can usually just react to it, and still get it.

timafi
Dec 15th, 2005, 03:19 PM
Mauresmo :yeah: :yeah:

tennisjay
Dec 15th, 2005, 03:24 PM
I would say Serena as well, I was watching an old Wimbledon match I think it was 2003 or 2004 were the commentators said Serena is the best at the net in today women’s tennis.

areeka101
Dec 15th, 2005, 03:32 PM
If 4 or 5 "fantastic backhand volleys" is all you've seen her make over "the years" (read: career), then she doesn't have the best volley. :retard:


You are such a twit. And nearly 10,000 posts too. How pathetic. :wavey:

Ballbasher
Dec 15th, 2005, 03:35 PM
Navratilova :D

Craigy
Dec 15th, 2005, 03:37 PM
Venus, Amelie and Serena

Yonexforever
Dec 15th, 2005, 03:45 PM
Serena is so not the best up there.. she never seems to know instinctively where to move. Venus is relying completely on the approach and her reach up there.
Roberta Vinci is a FLAWLESS volleyer. Lisa Raymond is exceptional as well. Im assuming the poster meant current players.. Navaratilova is the best of all time arguably followed by BJ King.
Molik isnt bad, and Danillidou(sp) is good up there as well.
Just because these baseliners rush in and knock off easy volleys dont make them good up there!

eugreene2
Dec 15th, 2005, 03:47 PM
Venus and Amelie may have the best volley of Top 10 players, but overall? No way! Lisa Raymond, VRP, Stosur, Black, Suarez, Stubbs ALL have technically superior volleys.


The above statement is very true. I took out Navratilova because in my head, she's not an active player. I just wish she would end it already. lol

Now to those who think Serena is the best - we all should either stone you or examine your head. I'm a big fan of Serena & all her phine-ness. She's great in many aspects of her game but NOT at the net. Actually, everytime I see her approach the net, I get nervous. Frankly, Serena is borderline terrible at net!

martina83
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:00 PM
im guessing everyone has forgot how hingis used to play but after watching her school the other martina during doubles and singles in the wtt events this summer i would have to go with hinigs. even johnny mac said she had one of the best volleys he has ever seen.

QUEENLINDSAY
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:18 PM
TOP 10 Volleyers!!!

Players who were number one in singles and doubles

1. Navratilova
2. Sanchez Vicario
3. Hingis
4. Davenport
5. Kim

I would add players with special volley skills:

6. Kournikova
7. Morariu
8. Raymond
9. Black
10. Suarez

SAEKeithSerena
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:24 PM
serena, venus, mauresmo, davenport, possibly raymond

alfajeffster
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:27 PM
...I took out Navratilova because in my head, she's not an active player. I just wish she would end it already...

It still amazes me how people can think this, let alone say it. I guess I have to chalk it up to one of two things: (1) the person saying this is only interested in the next blonde bimbo, and the tennis doesn't mean anything; or (2) they don't even play tennis, and probably never have.

Martina Navratilova is right up there on my list of top three volleyers of all time, and most would say she was and is the best female (I think for all-around volleying skills, Billie Jean King is). I have watched her play live a couple of times in the past few years, and not only are her hands as quick as ever, she's actually successfully adapted her classic serve-volley style to a new brand of doubles, where her partner and many times the opponents are actually staying back, which not too long ago was unheard of, and still isn't the best way to play doubles. Some of the points she played at the olympics with Raymond are some of the best volleying points I've ever seen. She obviously dug down deep and found something like that effort to pull from in the attempt to gold medal in doubles. If it was there a few short months ago, it's still there now. Take a look at how she plays tennis next time you get the chance. Even though she isn't my favorite player, it's mostly because of her on-court behavior. I'd never pass up the chance to see her play tennis live, even after she really does retire into exhibitions.

Ryan
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:33 PM
You are such a twit. And nearly 10,000 posts too. How pathetic. :wavey:


A twit? Because I proved you wrong? :rolleyes: Your post was, and is, stupid. Serena can be effective at net, but she has a horrid volley.

Dominic
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:33 PM
I would actually say Serena.
lol good one. Maria has better volleys than her.

Helen Lawson
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:37 PM
Apart from Martina, no one is decent today. It's like asking who is the best actress of today. Who cares? All they can do today is ugly-up and play someone pitiful and pathetic so your heart goes out to them, because of the pathetic situation, not due to any decent acting. If that's acting, then fine, just look at the last 5 years of Oscar winners and they're all time greats. Transform these broads back to the 1950s and before when people really acted, and none would do any better in Hollywood than a carhop or a dress extra.

And it's already happening this year with beautiful Felicity Huffman uglying up to play a transsexual. I haven't even seen it, but I can already tell you, it's a pathetic character, unloved and misunderstood from childhood, maybe some taunting and abuse, unsupportive parents, and years and years of self examination and "I'm ok, you're ok" type of stuff, maybe a few bad relationships, and we have ourselves our next Best Actress.

alfajeffster
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:41 PM
...none would do any better in Hollywood than a carhop or a dress extra...

:lol: "What you're saying is you don't want me to love you. Go on say it. Say it!" [SLAP]:lol:

LH2HBH
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:46 PM
Venus & Lindsay

Keith
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:51 PM
I've always thought Davenport had a technically sound volley (motion at least) She is quite capable at net, although I wouldn't say she is the best volleyer. When she was playing doubles, she was efficient when she was at net. Not that she needs to be, though. Hingis also has a great volley.

Helen Lawson
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:55 PM
:lol: "What you're saying is you don't want me to love you. Go on say it. Say it!" [SLAP]:lol:

I saw some tuberoses incense at a shop the other day and started laughing outloud.

alfajeffster
Dec 15th, 2005, 05:12 PM
I've always thought Davenport had a technically sound volley (motion at least) She is quite capable at net, although I wouldn't say she is the best volleyer. When she was playing doubles, she was efficient when she was at net. Not that she needs to be, though. Hingis also has a great volley.

Billie Jean King actually said that Davenport had the best volleys in women's tennis a couple of years ago during a FedCup match, mentioning that she has very soft hands up at the net, and she'd been enouraging Lindsay to come in more often because she does volley so well. I think the problem with Lindsey is the same with most of the girls today- their games weren't taught with getting in to net as a prerogative, and if you train and are taught to develop a power baseline game, your potential performance around the net is going to become crippled, at best. If you watch her volley, she's great, but gets passed quite often because she doesn't move instinctually up there.

K.U.C.W-R.V
Dec 15th, 2005, 05:47 PM
Mauresmo / Navratilova

LostGlory
Dec 15th, 2005, 05:59 PM
I'm actually really surprised no one's mentioned Keveta till now, she is such a natural vollyer and her performance in linz and philly was a pure serve volley and she hardly missed any......

hablo
Dec 15th, 2005, 06:09 PM
Momo, Martina Hingis and Venus (keep in mind that I don't get much tennis coverage either :fiery: So I have no idea about Roberta Vinci :o )

venus_rulez
Dec 15th, 2005, 06:26 PM
Ok people, can we not see the difference between volleying in doubles and singles? Lisa Raymond may have the best volley, but that doesn't mean anything in singles, because part of having the best volleys in playing singles is being able to hit a good enough approach shot. More times than not how good your volley is depends on your approach shot. So as far as doubles of course all the doubles sepcialists have to be listed. They spend half their time at the net. As far as singles, I think Venus, Amelie, and Henin Hardenne have the best volleys. And whoever said Serena is absolutely ludicrous. The girl is amazing, and while she may be an ok volleyer, saying she is anything more than that is absolutely ridiculous.

Martyś
Dec 15th, 2005, 06:30 PM
Safina :haha:

And seriously Juju for me ;)

swiss
Dec 15th, 2005, 06:55 PM
Amélie, Justine, Venus, Lindsay and above all Martina N :p :bounce:

guyinsf
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:27 PM
Navratilova is the greatest volleyer of all time. When I watch old clips of her mid 80's matches, she did things that I think Sampras can't even do. I complete natural!

JulesVerne
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:47 PM
Martina Hingis and Martina Navratilova. Martina Hingis at the net is much underestimated; lots of control and touch.

mike/topgun
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:59 PM
Don't you all people know that, to be a good volleyer you have to be technicly flawless, and have the instinct to approach the net every time the situation gives you this advantage...One has to make a quick decision and anticipate the rivals' move...
Of cours I agree<with Billie Jean:p>, that Lindsay has the very soft hands, and has a perfect technique <at net and allround> but in singles she's not useing it that much - partly - coz she doesn't have to...
The greatest volleyers of all time were: Navratilova, King etc...NO DOUBT
The doubles specialists are a different group - look at Lisa, she still is a good singlist but her volleying often failed at net in singles...
However, some of the players don't have the technique, but still manage to get many points at net...
And why we don't have as many serve&volleyers as in the past...coz the game became faster and it's hard to anticipate in "the high-speed pace contest"...it's generally harder, to think out how to get to the net, when the game gets so quick as recently...
In the mens singles game, there are some exceptions though, that meant in top10:
Roger.........Ljubicic, ...?

azinna
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:12 PM
This is interesting. So the outright best volleyer (Martina N) is hardly active, the next best (Hingis) hasn't yet come out of retirement, and the most effective at net (Venus, Amelie, Lindsay) are hardly there. This is like asking: among the ATP players, who looks best in a mini-skirt? I'm sure Roger, Rafa and Marat wear them occasionally.....but I haven't seen it enough to compare.

¤CharlDa¤
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:20 PM
Well all of us gave some great players with great volleys and i must say i agree with most of them.

Someone that wasn't mentionned is Daniela. She always was a great volleyer, great touch at the net and it showed in mixed doubles mostly recently. She would actually get a lot of advantages of playing serve/volley.

Pheobo
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:37 PM
Mauresmo.

Tennace
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:40 PM
Venus WIlliams when they are working and when she attacks

Rexman
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:40 PM
I honestly don't feel any of the players come close to Mauresmo and Hingis

eugreene2
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:49 PM
It still amazes me how people can think this, let alone say it. I guess I have to chalk it up to one of two things: (1) the person saying this is only interested in the next blonde bimbo, and the tennis doesn't mean anything; or (2) they don't even play tennis, and probably never have.


Well, I'm the one that said it. I'm glad you love Martina but some of us think her time has come & gone. She was a wonderful player & ambassador for the sport but many of us have seen enough. Even in my remark, as you can see from the "lol" at the end of the comment - it was a light-hearted gesture.

Finally don't throw insults by saying people are only interested in blonde bimbos. There is great tennis without Martina Nav coming from players of all walks of life - Black, White, Asian, Latino, French, etc. etc.

améliemomo
Dec 15th, 2005, 09:26 PM
amélie, amélie an guess what??Amélie!!!!!!

alfajeffster
Dec 15th, 2005, 09:56 PM
Well, I'm the one that said it. I'm glad you love Martina but some of us think her time has come & gone. She was a wonderful player & ambassador for the sport but many of us have seen enough...

Seen enough of what? Her declining serve-volley skills in women's doubles? Her inability to get current male players' serves back (frequently with a little starch of her own) with intelligent shot selection and set-up placement? Believe me, I don't love Martina at all, and I won't go into the reasons why, but suffice to say I've met her and talked to her and observed her and many other champions at close range, and she still to this day gives me the urge to douse her with a squirt gun filled with sour grape juice. Because this is about the tennis, I'm here to tell you her tennis is still world class, and she's living proof that as long as you're fit and your body and mind can take it, you should be out there playing, competing, and winning. Until such time as all of those factors start working against Martina, watching her move across a tennis court is a gift too many people are blindly missing while it's here. The best compliment I can pay to her is that she is obviously still working on getting better with her tennis. She is still hitting shots I've never seen her hit before. She's still learning and growing her game, and that I respect and (at my age) find inspirational.

vogus
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:02 PM
MAURESMO, by a long way, no question about it, is best volleyer in the women's game today.

And that's why it will be a crying shame if she ends her career without a Wimbledon title.

alfajeffster
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:07 PM
MAURESMO, by a long way, no question about it, is best volleyer in the women's game today.

And that's why it will be a crying shame if she ends her career without a Wimbledon title.

Singles player, I'll give you that. She's still worlds behind Navratilova in actual volleying skill. I think what hurts Amelie's net game the most is the same thing that prevented Gabriela Sabatini from becoming really great at the net. They hit their groundies with such long, loopy and extreme topspin, and even when they have their opponent out of position, and they should be attacking the net, the ball quite often sits up and says "GIVE ME A RIDE"!

vogus
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:13 PM
Singles player, I'll give you that. She's still worlds behind Navratilova in actual volleying skill. I think what hurts Amelie's net game the most is the same thing that prevented Gabriela Sabatini from becoming really great at the net. They hit their groundies with such long, loopy and extreme topspin, and even when they have their opponent out of position, and they should be attacking the net, the ball quite often sits up and says "GIVE ME A RIDE"!


Of course, i'm talking about singles volleying. Doubles volleying is a different thing. But Mauresmo on a good day has a far more fluid attacking game than Sabatini ever did.

alfajeffster
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:18 PM
Of course, i'm talking about singles volleying. Doubles volleying is a different thing. But Mauresmo on a good day has a far more fluid attacking game than Sabatini ever did.

She certainly has better footwork. Gaby used to his so many shots off her back foot and off-balance, so in that respect, the fact that she got away with it makes her groundstrokes a bit more effective. Amelie also doesn't experiment enough with her serve to make it more difficult to return. While her first serve is good, it's almost always a flat bomb and any good returner can get on it after a while. However, she is deceptively fast- one of the quickest players out there right now, and she gets away with it. I love watching her play when she's confident, but she still reminds me of a half-empty pallet with all that unfulfilled potential. I hope at Melbourne, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open she just says "fuck-it!" and throws all caution to the wind and forces herself in to volley on at least 50% of the points she plays. Her volleying skill will soon get a whole lot better, as will her chances to win majors.

Andy.
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:37 PM
Roberta Vinci

Stamp Paid
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:52 PM
For those saying Serena has a 'horrid' volley, you are wrong. ;) Serena has a very solid volley, for proof, see: 2004 Wimbledon SF, 2004 YEC SF, 2005 AO 4R, 2005 AO QF, 2005 AO SF. Thankyouverymuch.

As far as best volley among top players, definitely Mauresmo, Henin-Hardenne, Petrova, and Dementieva (2004 FO QF, 2004 USO SF)

Venus is most effective at net, however. But moreso from her approach shots than her volley.

Andy.
Dec 16th, 2005, 01:07 AM
Ive seen Vinci play in Eastbourne and the third round of Wimbledon againt Clijsters and she played some great volleys and i think she will only improve and could be the serve and vollyer that Womens Tennis has been missing.

SerialKiller#69
Dec 16th, 2005, 01:11 AM
Please noone mention Serena. I have seen enough to say that's not true.

venus_rulez
Dec 16th, 2005, 02:19 AM
For those saying Serena has a 'horrid' volley, you are wrong. ;) Serena has a very solid volley, for proof, see: 2004 Wimbledon SF, 2004 YEC SF, 2005 AO 4R, 2005 AO QF, 2005 AO SF. Thankyouverymuch.

As far as best volley among top players, definitely Mauresmo, Henin-Hardenne, Petrova, and Dementieva (2004 FO QF, 2004 USO SF)

Venus is most effective at net, however. But moreso from her approach shots than her volley.


I'm not saying she's horrible, she is an ok volleyer. To say she's one of the best in the women's game is ridiculous.

shap_half
Dec 16th, 2005, 03:12 AM
I think Venus is definitely among the most effective at net because of her reach and she goes there on opportune moments.

As far as who has the 'best volleys,' JHH and Amelie should be considered for the top spot. The way both can improvise and use their hands to win points even at the most awkward positions is amazing.

Prizeidiot
Dec 16th, 2005, 03:44 AM
If we're talking about volleys, of the top singles players, Mauresmo. Most players can one some good volleys when they need to, but Mauresmo is the only one, in my mind, good enough to play volley after volley after volley for a whole match, as she has proven at Wimbledon.

Venus has great reach and athleticism, but net play isn't necessarily the volleys. Technically, Mauresmo has the best volleys of the top lot. Davenport also gets a mention for great hands, but her height makes it difficult to take those little steps required for effective volleying.

Ryan
Dec 16th, 2005, 03:09 PM
Ok people, can we not see the difference between volleying in doubles and singles? Lisa Raymond may have the best volley, but that doesn't mean anything in singles, because part of having the best volleys in playing singles is being able to hit a good enough approach shot. More times than not how good your volley is depends on your approach shot. So as far as doubles of course all the doubles sepcialists have to be listed. They spend half their time at the net. As far as singles, I think Venus, Amelie, and Henin Hardenne have the best volleys. And whoever said Serena is absolutely ludicrous. The girl is amazing, and while she may be an ok volleyer, saying she is anything more than that is absolutely ridiculous.


Except who said we were talking about singles? :rolleyes: We were talking about the best VOLLEY, not the best volley in singles, not the best volley of players in the top 10, and not the most effective volley/approach shot. Learn to read please.

SloKid
Dec 16th, 2005, 03:15 PM
What's this thread all about?
No more threads about best ass, best body, best boobs? :sad:
Where have the good old days gone? :lol: :p

hablo
Dec 16th, 2005, 04:40 PM
What's this thread all about?
No more threads about best ass, best body, best boobs? :sad:
Where have the good old days gone? :lol: :p
:haha:

Apoorv
Dec 16th, 2005, 05:45 PM
mauresmo. she is the only person probably who uses vollying as a major part of her game.

faste5683
Dec 16th, 2005, 09:13 PM
Amelie.

:wavey:

ctan88
Dec 16th, 2005, 10:13 PM
MY PICKS -

Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Anna K, Venus and Mauresmo

timafi
Dec 16th, 2005, 10:37 PM
Mauresmo :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

VS Fan
Dec 16th, 2005, 11:01 PM
Venus is the best by far, but the ability to come to net depends on an aggressive FIRST serve. (The serve must be IN.)
... Or an aggressive shot DURING the rally.

Unless your opponent hits a defensive shot that could land short in the court, the opportunity is just NOT THERE.

Venus must get her first serve percentage up, then volley more when the time is right.
She is second to NONE when conditions are right.

faste5683
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:28 AM
Venus must get her first serve percentage up, then volley more when the time is right.
She is second to NONE when conditions are right.

:confused:

My ninety year old grandma can hit super volleys if the "conditions
are right..."

:wavey:

vogus
Dec 17th, 2005, 02:46 AM
Except who said we were talking about singles? :rolleyes: We were talking about the best VOLLEY, not the best volley in singles, not the best volley of players in the top 10, and not the most effective volley/approach shot. Learn to read please.


I think we ARE talking about the best volley in singles, at least that is the part of the conversation that interests me. As the poster you quoted pointed out, it's a hell of a lot easier to volley when you are already standing up there at the net and don't have any footwork issues of having to be moving forward. Raymond IS a great volleyer, but it doesn't help her much because she can't get to the net enough. And that fact is extremely relevant to the discussion of who has the best volleys from a singles standpoint.

After Mauresmo, Henin and Petrova are also very good. Venus is somewhat behind those three because of her height issues with bending down.

basset
Dec 17th, 2005, 04:18 AM
Navratilova, Mauresmo, Raymond, Hingis, V. Williams, Davenport, Petrova

Zauber
Dec 17th, 2005, 05:25 AM
Mauresmo of the top players

Hingie
Dec 17th, 2005, 06:30 AM
Sorry but i find this thread a little pointless.

Only because different girls volley in different ways. You have the Williams sisters (more so Serena) who come in to finish points with the massive drive volley. Then you have players such as Hingis who sees an opportunity and comes in (not necessarily finishing the point but again pushes it deep in hope of an overhead smash opportunity).

Just because Serena doesn't come in doesn't mean she isn't effective at net - she just comes in for different reasons.

If you were to base it on technical merit alone and able to hit all kinds of volleys for me it's Martina Hingis and Venus Williams.