View Full Version : Who is the Best Doubles Player?

Jul 8th, 2002, 05:35 AM
Obviously, Raymond/Stubbs, Williams/Williams, and Hingis/Kournikova are formidable doubles teams, but who do you think is the best individual doubles player on tour? Who would you want to partner with if your life depended on it?

Serena is dominating.
Venus can't be lobbed.
Hantuchova is the next doubles star.
Kournikova is a volley master.
Hingis is technically perfect.
Raymond has the best doubles court sense.

But there are many other players, too.

So, who do you think is the best individual doubles player?

Jul 8th, 2002, 05:39 AM
Hey, What about Suarez/Ruano Pascual.

They won Rome, Roland Garros, RU at Wimbledon.

They are one of the best teams:wavey:

Jul 8th, 2002, 05:39 AM
anna Kournikova because her volleys are just awesome

Jul 8th, 2002, 05:40 AM
I think Navritalova is the best Doubles player.

Jul 8th, 2002, 05:40 AM
Yes, I forgot...

...but the choices aren't limited to the players I listed!

Jul 8th, 2002, 05:41 AM
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario ;)

Williams Rulez
Jul 8th, 2002, 05:43 AM
Navratilova in her prime... no question...

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Jul 8th, 2002, 06:57 AM
Martina Hingis :)

Mateo Mathieu
Jul 8th, 2002, 06:59 AM
Martina Navratilova, of course :)

Jul 8th, 2002, 07:09 AM
Navratilova is *still* in her prime! :p

Jul 8th, 2002, 09:27 AM
active players

Hingis she could win anything with anybody! Williams sisters are good too! too bad they don't play as much! WOW at Kournikova's volley! Sanchez Vicario is one of the best! Stubbs/Raymond!! Ruano Pascual and Suarez!! Navratilova all time best! and lets not forget Zvereva, yes she is still active!!

Jul 8th, 2002, 11:33 AM
1. Martina Hingis
2. Serena Williams
3. Lisa Raymond
4. Anna Kournikova
5. Daniela Hantuchova, Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams

Jul 8th, 2002, 11:36 AM
I think the Martina and Nav
I have a feeling Martina could even win when I was her partner;)
don't know about Nav but 167 titles(or something like that) speak for themself!

Jul 8th, 2002, 11:38 AM

Jul 8th, 2002, 12:01 PM
I STILL can't beleive people make threads like these without mentioning Ai Sugiyama.
She is better then Anna.K, Daniela, and Lindsay in doubles and i say that with complete confidence.

When u see her play doubles you will understand why. Best volleys in the game only 2nd to Martina.

Jul 8th, 2002, 12:29 PM

Jul 8th, 2002, 01:00 PM
HINGIS of course.
She has won 36 DOUBLES TITLES!
But the significant thing is with so many different partners:
M J Fernandez,
11 different players!

By the way, no insult to Jennifer Capriati, but she is not a doubles player?
Capriati and Hantuchova lost in the second round of Wimbledon doubles.

Jul 8th, 2002, 01:01 PM
Cant really comment on WILLIAMS because they have only ever played together.

Jul 8th, 2002, 01:50 PM
I think you'd have to say Martina Hingis ......not just the No of titles and different partners but also the range of styles of her different partners almost means she must have a mastery of what is required to offset the weaknesses of the different partners (whilst not possessing any weaknesses herself) ...playing with anna is going to be totally different from playing with Lucic ..playing with monica totally different from say Novotna etc.......

Jul 8th, 2002, 01:51 PM
Martina Hingis
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
Anna Kournikova

All have won numerous titles with numberous doubles partners!

Jul 8th, 2002, 01:54 PM
Overall, Martina N without a shred of doubt. Out of active players, Martina Hingis by far. She has 9 doubles slams, more then any active player(I think) and has won the doubles Grand Slam(98) and has won with so many different partners. Not ot mention she has perfect court sense, volleys, etc.

Jul 8th, 2002, 02:57 PM
Both Martinas for sure ... they could basically win with any partner!!

Jul 8th, 2002, 02:59 PM
Wouldn't it be fun if the Martinas teamed up!

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:09 PM
Well, if the best doubles playeris the player who is likelies to win regardless of partner, I'd pick Hingis. Give her a big hitter for partner and watch her go.

Actaully, Martina/Chanda would be a fun doubles team. A little light on pace, but dynamite on movement and agility.

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:21 PM
I agree that Ai Sugiyama deserves at least an honourable mention, a superb player by any measure.:)

At her best when playing with that retired, pretty, short haired French girl whose name escapes me....


Lady Clarissa
Jul 8th, 2002, 03:28 PM

I agree,
Putting Martina with a strong minded and bodied partner, those pair would be unstoppable, putting a good partner with Martina is a serious team and putting martina with Serena/Venus would be a formidable team!

Dirty Sanchez
Jul 8th, 2002, 03:31 PM
Ai Sugiyma because she always seems to do well in doubles no matter who she's with!.

Jul 8th, 2002, 03:37 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by rhz
[B]active players

Hingis she could win anything with anybody!

I agree with the above quote that Martina Hingis would be my pick as the best all-around doubles player...some people picked Martina N. and while she will probably have the distinction of being the BEST of the rest she is not the #1 doubles player at the moment...when she played against Anna K. and Chanda it was obvious that she hasn't got the goods anymore and understandably so (at 45)....the Williams sisters did win Wimby but Martina was not there....and while I think her presence would not have made a difference in singles...she would have in doubles..she's just that good!!:hearts:


Jul 8th, 2002, 03:48 PM
Active players:

It's a tie between Martina and Anna, can't choose between them. ;)

Jul 8th, 2002, 04:28 PM
I was lucky enough to see Kournikova and Hingis play together (in person, of course) at Advanta in Philadelphia almost two years ago (right after Hingis beat Anna 6-4 6-0 :eek: ). I've also seen many of her matches on television. What I pick up, from their partnership, is that Hingis is the one who sets up all the points, works the court, giving Anna the easy shot which Anna crushes. At Advanta, they played Julie Halard Decugis and Nathalie Tautiat, won 6-0 6-1. Hingis was setting Anna up perfectly.

The strongest part of Hingis' doubles game is her consistence, for sure. Most doubles players hit the top of the net a lot, but Hingis gives herself more margin for error.

I think Serena is the strongest doubles player of the two Williams sisters, but I don't know if either one would have great doubles success when partnered with someone else. But as a team, they are almost unbeatable. Almost. The primary reason I choose Hingis as the best doubles player (ignoring all her titles, stats etc.) is that last year, her and Seles beat the Williams sisters. The fact that she did it with Seles, the anti-volleyer, speaks volumes about Hingis' abilities.

I remember Werthless mentioning last year that Hingis should be a doubles specialist, and focus less on singles. :rolleyes: That was both a compliment and an insult at the same time.

Jul 8th, 2002, 06:10 PM
Martina seems to be doing fine focusing on both. Werthless doesn't know hwat he's talking about.

Actaully, Martina/Chanda would be a fun doubles team. A little light on pace, but dynamite on movement and agility.

Now THAT would be a great team. Apart from both being good looking, they have great court coverage, and would be able to set up points easily.

Another team I'd like to see is Martina/Justine. Juju's power and finesse coupled with Martina's finesse and court coverage I think they'd do pretty well together.

Pamela Shriver
Jul 8th, 2002, 07:05 PM
Pfft! At last a proper thread about me! I am THE BEST EVER. No question. I'd beat everyone if I was still playing! I couldve won GS titles with anyone, even Ann Jones.

Jul 8th, 2002, 07:12 PM
Martina Navritolova without a doubt.