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Navratil
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:33 AM
What do you think: Who is the best active player technically now that Justine has retired?

Mauresmo?
Davenport?
V. or S. Williams?

I personally never really liked Justines shots technically. Her backhand looked a little bit strange in the slomo. I think she was just extremly good at improvising but her shots were not that round and fluent as Mauresmos shots for example.

Also: Who is the most gifted player?

Ever: Martina Navratilova (no doubt about it) :lick:
These days: Serena Williams??

frenchie
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:36 AM
Mauresmo's FH and serve are far from fluid:help:

I would say Ivanovic. Her serve and FH technique are very simple and beautiful
Serena's serve is the best technically
JJ's BH and Petrova's volleys too

Renalicious
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:49 AM
No not Serena. Her footwork is very off sometimes. She hits things open-stanced and that's not the best shot in techincal terms.

Volcana
Aug 12th, 2008, 12:58 PM
She hits things open-stanced and that's not the best shot in techincal terms.Considering she's the most accomplished player since Steffi Graf, maybe hitting open-stanced is more technically sound than you give it credit for.


This is a difficult question to answer, because different players try to do different things. Patty Schnyder and Lindsay Davenport attempt very different things on the court. How do you even measure who's more 'technically' sound? The tennis talking heads seem to universally describe Sharapova as more technically sound than Serena. But Sharapova hasn't beaten Serena since 2004.


The player who's technique most frequently looks clean to me (and Ihaven't seen her much) is Anna Chakvetadze. But she's also trying to do far less with the ball than Ivanovic or Safina. Shahar Peer has fine technique. But all she's doing against top players is trying to keep the ball in play. Maybe the true measure of technique is how good it is when you're under pressure. Say, Steffi Graf vs Monica Seles in the 1999 RG semi.

Slutiana
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:01 PM
Ivanovic? :help:

Davenport without a doubt. Tati has very good technique, even on her volleys (although she needs to punch them more) but Davenport was top when Henin was here and still is.

Sveta's technique is underrated. Although her serve isn't technically very good. I love Maria's technique on her backhand, same with Safina. Serena's serve. Anyone else?

tennisbear7
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:09 PM
Ivanovic? :help:

Davenport without a doubt. Tati has very good technique, even on her volleys (although she needs to punch them more) but Davenport was top when Henin was here and still is.

Sveta's technique is underrated. Although her serve isn't technically very good. I love Maria's technique on her backhand, same with Safina. Serena's serve. Anyone else?

...:help:

Backhand. (Or rather non-existent.)

Olórin
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:12 PM
Lindsay Davenport has the purest technique I've seen since Chris Evert, superior to Hingis, Justine, Graf or Navratilova imo.

I think Serena is technically sound in most areas, but some of her game while perhaps being excellent is not technically excellent in that it is not always reliable, under pressure or no. Such as: her forehand, footwork, volleys etc.

tennisbear7
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:14 PM
It's Hingis, Henin and Davenport for me.

Lighter
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:15 PM
Technically speaking, without any doubts, PATTY SCHNYDER. She's 30 and still TOP 15. When she plays, everything seems easy.

Slutiana
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:25 PM
...:help:

Backhand. (Or rather non-existent.)
You can still have good technique and suck, you know? Just like Tati's backhand. :tape: It's very simple, compact, takes it in front of her, so on and so forth and you would think that not much could go wrong.. Somehow something always does go wrong. :tape:

But yeah, Tati's forehand is technically perfect, her volleys have good technique but she has a tendency to be too passive (lack of confidence) so they can be pretty pathetic. She's changed her serve a million times but finally got it right at the end of last year and her serve was amazing. Her footwork is probably the best now that henin has retired. The girl takes like 20 smalls steps between every shot.

The Dawntreader
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:31 PM
No not Serena. Her footwork is very off sometimes. She hits things open-stanced and that's not the best shot in techincal terms.

The most adaptable stance though is the open-stance, you can recover better in the rallies because there isnt extreme grip changes between the forehand and backhand.

Lindsay Davenport has superb technique. On return notice how she'll stay back about 2 meters, and then as her opponent hits the serve she moves back into the court which allows her body-weight to flow through the ball and allows her to hit the ball early. I think her backhand volley too is just delightful. She has such soft hands, can really measure her shot on impact.

The thing which i like technically about the William Sisters is their extradonary racquet preperation. I cant recall anyone else on tour with such unique preperation, shaping up for the ball so well, rarely hitting a ball late and if anything if they make an error it's because they're hitting it too early.

Nikkiri
Aug 12th, 2008, 01:35 PM
Ivanovic? :help:

Davenport without a doubt. Tati has very good technique, even on her volleys (although she needs to punch them more) but Davenport was top when Henin was here and still is.

Sveta's technique is underrated. Although her serve isn't technically very good. I love Maria's technique on her backhand, same with Safina. Serena's serve. Anyone else?

Always Ana and Tati somewhere in your posts. :haha:

Btw you can remove the EDITED quote from your sig. I doubt Tati is even going to play the USO maybe not even Ana.

liuxuan
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:16 PM
Lindsay has the best ball striking technique i think weve ever seen - and i think even chris evert herself would agree!

DA FOREHAND
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:44 PM
Lindsay...

What's with all this since Justine retired bullshit? Justine's strokes were not special, save for her backhand.

Serge007
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:49 PM
Who is the best active player technically now
technically - i think, Kuznetsova but...

V's a star
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:49 PM
thats a good question :confused: I guess Davenport maybe but she doesnt play enough to count

debopero
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:51 PM
What about Davenport's strokes are so technically sound?

V's a star
Aug 12th, 2008, 04:02 PM
What about Davenport's strokes are so technically sound?

well she can make UE but thats part of her game. But has far as strokes i wud say she has the simplest/clean/classic strokes making them technically good. But again she doesnt even play so...........

Darop.
Aug 12th, 2008, 04:33 PM
People saying Golovin has technique :haha: Please.

Anyways, in my opinion, Davenport schools everyone in the tecnique department. Those shots :inlove:

Serenidad.
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:07 PM
:rolls: @ people saying Ana's serve technique.

Craig.
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:17 PM
Serve: Serena Williams.
Backhand: Maria Sharapova.
Forehand: Ana Ivanovic.
All of the above: Lindsay Davenport.

OsloErik
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:18 PM
I think it's hard to deny that Davenport is extremely technically proficient. And part of it, even though it's not a perfect measure, is looking at her head-to-head. Nobody that slow could be that close in the head-to-head with Venus Williams, Justine Henin, etc. without being extremely solid and extremely proficient.

I tend to think Serena is much more technically sound than many people give her credit for while Venus isn't. Serena isn't someone I would describe as having rock-solid technique, but considering how rarely it goes off on her, how can you really say it isn't "good technique" ? Similar to Steffi Graf, in a way.

Of players further down, Chakvetadze hits patches where everything she does is just perfect, technique wise. She also hits patches where she gets fed up with losing to players with power and no technique and so she hits the bejesus out of the ball in some weird cathartic effort to prove she can.

sammy01
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:25 PM
ok so;
serve - serena by miles, pefect technique, is never going to let her down. her ball toss is great as well as it is very reliable and she is very capable of hitting any type of serve off the same ball toss.

backhand - jj's is great, she has the ability to hit it open and closed stance, shes also probably the best player right now at the inside out backhand, she has the ability to let the ball come on to her and hit it off perfectly, which is very hard to do. davenports backhand is very good to, but her inside out is not as good as jj's.

forehand - this is tough as there are a lot of girls with dodgy technique right now on the forehand, sveta's is very good and has a great mix of topspin and power, shes let down by not knowing when to attack and when to rally on it. ivanovics forehand is simple, but her contact point changes making it have bad days (like venus).

volley - davenport has clasic volleys and puches them unlike most top players now. venus has good volleys but her hands are not as soft on the volleys as davenport, meaning she cant manipulate the racket head as well as davenport.

slice - with henin gone there are very few players who can hit a defensive slice. jj's is good, mauresmos is very good. though there are very few others than can hit this shot well on a consistant basis.

sammy01
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:28 PM
I think it's hard to deny that Davenport is extremely technically proficient. And part of it, even though it's not a perfect measure, is looking at her head-to-head. Nobody that slow could be that close in the head-to-head with Venus Williams, Justine Henin, etc. without being extremely solid and extremely proficient.

I tend to think Serena is much more technically sound than many people give her credit for while Venus isn't. Serena isn't someone I would describe as having rock-solid technique, but considering how rarely it goes off on her, how can you really say it isn't "good technique" ? Similar to Steffi Graf, in a way.

Of players further down, Chakvetadze hits patches where everything she does is just perfect, technique wise. She also hits patches where she gets fed up with losing to players with power and no technique and so she hits the bejesus out of the ball in some weird cathartic effort to prove she can.

so true, she can be one of the cleanest strikers of the ball on her day, but she does have this mental thing where she would rather hit hard then cleanly and its just not her game

Slutati
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:30 PM
Tatiana is the best, like everywhere :bigclap::worship:

Dodoboy.
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:30 PM
Serve - I don't think one has to say. Best serve ever by a woman.

I like Serena's technique for return of serve as well.

Venus swinging volleys :hearts::lol:

Dodoboy.
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:31 PM
Davenport's ground game is very technically sound.

QUEENLINDSAY
Aug 12th, 2008, 07:05 PM
Lindsay of course!!! thats her asset is making up for her being slow on court.

On the other hand, I see Serena an little short of Davenport techniques. They actually have a very similar game, huge serve, nice strokes. The big difference is the net game. Serena totally suck on technicalities for volleys. But at the end of the day, Serena athletism added to all her techniques is one of the greatest if not the greatest.

Geisha
Aug 12th, 2008, 07:13 PM
technically - i think, Kuznetsova but...

:tape::tape::tape::tape::tape::tape::tape::tape::t ape::tape::tape::tape::tape::tape::tape::tape:

Slutiana
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:02 PM
Always Ana and Tati somewhere in your posts. :haha:

Btw you can remove the EDITED quote from your sig. I doubt Tati is even going to play the USO maybe not even Ana.
:rolls:

Well I do think that Ana has the second best forehand technique, and even her backhand isn't bad (although she could take it a bit earlier). But the serve is wack *technically*. :rolleyes: :ras: Gosh, you give me so much grief sometimes. :sad:
:rolls: @ people saying Ana's serve technique.
Thank you. :worship:

Adal
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:04 PM
Serve - Serena
Forehand - Ana
Backhand - Maria S
Volleys - Venus

:) :) :)

J.Bravo
Aug 12th, 2008, 09:26 PM
Why hasn't anyone mention Daniela Hantuchova's ground strokes. To me her timing on the ball is impeccable especially her down line shots.

bandabou
Aug 12th, 2008, 09:45 PM
So serve's case closed: Serena!

Natash.
Aug 12th, 2008, 09:46 PM
You can still have good technique and suck, you know? Just like Tati's backhand. :tape: It's very simple, compact, takes it in front of her, so on and so forth and you would think that not much could go wrong.. Somehow something always does go wrong. :tape:

But yeah, Tati's forehand is technically perfect, her volleys have good technique but she has a tendency to be too passive (lack of confidence) so they can be pretty pathetic. She's changed her serve a million times but finally got it right at the end of last year and her serve was amazing. Her footwork is probably the best now that henin has retired. The girl takes like 20 smalls steps between every shot.

I wouldn't say Tati's footwork is the best, very good, but definitely not the best. :lol:

I like watching Kirilenko's technique on backhand, her slice, and volleys but I wouldn't say she's technically the best. :p

Davenport's ground game is :hearts: Hantuchova's groundstrokes are also very pleasing to watch technically speaking.

Tennisstar86
Aug 12th, 2008, 09:48 PM
Davenport... and has been for some 15 years.... Justine or no Justine... Davenports technique is the best... she just cant move for shit...

Dinayer
Aug 12th, 2008, 09:55 PM
Justine :D

tennisfan5
Aug 12th, 2008, 10:01 PM
Monica had incredible technique on her groundstrokes--excellent preparation, timing, placement

darkchild
Aug 12th, 2008, 10:07 PM
Lindsay even said she would like the courts to be smaller...
She could just stand there and hit through everyone. :devil:

Expat
Aug 12th, 2008, 10:07 PM
i am suprised about very few crediting hantuchova or patty
they are mental headcases but have very clean strokes

brunof
Aug 12th, 2008, 10:27 PM
If I could choose to have anyone's shots in the game, I would maybe go with an on Mary Pierce. I just love her simple technique, but it can be just amazing.

danieln1
Aug 12th, 2008, 10:27 PM
Davenport obviously, when she´s standing on the ball both of her groundstrokes are very hard do retrieve, she hits the cleanest ball ever!

The Dawntreader
Aug 12th, 2008, 10:57 PM
Monica had incredible technique on her groundstrokes--excellent preparation, timing, placement

I loved Monica's busy feet around the ball. She was always looking to be in the best position possible:)

Slutiana
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:07 PM
I wouldn't say Tati's footwork is the best, very good, but definitely not the best. :lol:

I like watching Kirilenko's technique on backhand, her slice, and volleys but I wouldn't say she's technically the best. :p

Davenport's ground game is :hearts: Hantuchova's groundstrokes are also very pleasing to watch technically speaking.
Out of the main players of the WTA tour, who's footwork is better then, eh? Davenport's? :tape: :p

I agree about Kiri. I havent seen much of her but I remember being live at the Ivanovic/Kirilenko vs Jankovic/Li match and her volleys were great and technically very good. I also like Lena V's volleys.

Dave.
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:09 PM
Out of the main players of the WTA tour, who's footwork is better then, eh? Davenport's? :tape: :p


what?? :confused: :sad:

debopero
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Serve - Serena
Forehand - Ana
Backhand - Maria S
Volleys - Venus

:) :) :)

I agree with this one. Except for the forehand part.

court70
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Lindsay has the best ball striking technique i think weve ever seen - and i think even chris evert herself would agree!

Please lin is the same ball basher as all of them. I guess they use the term "clean ball striker" for Lin instead of 'ball basher' like they do the sisters. In any event give me give me the sisters ball basher, bad technique any day....The so call perfectly sound players can't even win a slam and the so call clean strikers has not won and slam in ages. So I will take the bad technique, ball basher anyday or time if it could garner me 7 and 8 slams.

court70
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:43 PM
Lindsay...

What's with all this since Justine retired bullshit? Justine's strokes were not special, save for her backhand.

And even that was not all that good.

Slutiana
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:52 PM
what?? :confused: :sad:
It's sarcasm. :awww: :hug:

Yonexforever
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:55 PM
Considering she's the most accomplished player since Steffi Graf, maybe hitting open-stanced is more technically sound than you give it credit for.


This is a difficult question to answer, because different players try to do different things. Patty Schnyder and Lindsay Davenport attempt very different things on the court. How do you even measure who's more 'technically' sound? The tennis talking heads seem to universally describe Sharapova as more technically sound than Serena. But Sharapova hasn't beaten Serena since 2004.


The player who's technique most frequently looks clean to me (and Ihaven't seen her much) is Anna Chakvetadze. But she's also trying to do far less with the ball than Ivanovic or Safina. Shahar Peer has fine technique. But all she's doing against top players is trying to keep the ball in play. Maybe the true measure of technique is how good it is when you're under pressure. Say, Steffi Graf vs Monica Seles in the 1999 RG semi.

I think you are answering a question that wasnt asked.
The question was who was the most technically sound active player...not who is also the most sucessful while being the most techincally sound.

Quite frankly the landscape has changed in terms of playing style and how strokes are taught these days.
There is NOTHING technically sound in my mind about Mauresmo's strokes, but should we suddenly see a ton of loopty loop strokes off both sides then we would have to rethink that.

Dave.
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:57 PM
Please lin is the same ball basher as all of them. I guess they use the term "clean ball striker" for Lin instead of 'ball basher' like they do the sisters. In any event give me give me the sisters ball basher, bad technique any day....The so call perfectly sound players can't even win a slam and the so call clean strikers has not won and slam in ages. So I will take the bad technique, ball basher anyday or time if it could garner me 7 and 8 slams.

Anyone who knows anything knows that Lindsay is no ballbasher. Anyway, this thread is not about their gamestyle, and it's not about what they achieved.

It's sarcasm. :awww: :hug:

But Lindsay does have some of the best footwork :confused: Movement is crap but footwork is immaculate :D

Slutiana
Aug 12th, 2008, 11:59 PM
Anyone who knows anything knows that Lindsay is no ballbasher. Anyway, this thread is not about their gamestyle, and it's not about what they achieved.



But Lindsay does have some of the best footwork :confused: Movement is crap but footwork is immaculate :D
Really? :tape: I should have just said Maria. :o

Yonexforever
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:00 AM
Is good technique the same as clean ball striking?
The epitome of good technique in the past would have been Stan Smith...Edberg was close with exception of that forehand.
Henman/Sampras.
In my head i still have the "classic" mold in my head, but the game is so different now.

Slutiana
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:12 AM
^No, but clean ball-striking is often a result of great technique. A la Lindsay/Jen Cap. :shrug:

debopero
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:17 AM
^No, but clean ball-striking is often a result of great technique. A la Lindsay/Jen Cap. :shrug:

Your avatar is shocking.

Slutiana
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:20 AM
Smokeiana was stressed out. :(

Serenidad.
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:22 AM
:eek: Smokeiana was stressed out. :(

Smokovin is AMAZE.

Slutati
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:23 AM
:eek:

Smokovin is AMAZE.
OMG :lol:

debopero
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:24 AM
Smokeiana was stressed out. :(

She actually makes it look quite glamorous.

Slutiana
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:27 AM
:rolls:

Slutiana
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:30 AM
:eek:

Smokovin is AMAZE.
:yeah:

By the time i've finished with you, you are gonna be a Golotard. :D Keep it up. ;)

Martian Jeza
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:30 AM
Martina Hingis

Serenidad.
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:33 AM
OMG :lol:

What happened to Sveltelana and Slutiana being lovers? Kuznetsolovin > Sharabelle.

Slutiana
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:34 AM
Kuznetsolovin. :sobbing:

Serenidad.
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:35 AM
:yeah:

By the time i've finished with you, you are gonna be a Golotard. :D Keep it up. ;)

If she got a backhand, then you can call me. :zzz:

Slutati
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:36 AM
What happened to Sveltelana and Slutiana being lovers? Kuznetsolovin > Sharabelle.
:haha: Well they're still lovers, they are on a break at the moment though :crying2:

debopero
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:36 AM
If she got a backhand, then you can call me. :zzz:

:haha:

Serenidad.
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:38 AM
:haha: Well they're still lovers, they are on a break at the moment though :crying2:

Oh. I guess an open relationship can work for some people. :shrug: Who's dating who now; I can never keep up with these things.

:haha:

:( I was vrysrs. I get tired of watching her slap at backhands all match.

Slutiana
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:49 AM
If she got a backhand, then you can call me. :zzz:
:speakles: Well at least your not disputing that she has a forehand. That's a start. :yeah:

Slutati
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:50 AM
Oh. I guess an open relationship can work for some people. :shrug: Who's dating who now; I can never keep up with these things.

It's hard to keep up with Slutati. At the moment she's dating Samir Nasri...I think. That could change any second now :):sobbing:

Serenidad.
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:51 AM
:speakles: Well at least your not disputing that she has a forehand. That's a start. :yeah:

Possibly.

Do you know how in a poll women prefer to hang around people uglier than them to make them look prettier. It could be that Tatiana's BH is so bad that it makes her FH look better than what it is.

See Jankovic's BH. ^

Slutiana
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:51 AM
Oh. I guess an open relationship can work for some people. :shrug: Who's dating who now; I can never keep up with these things.



:( I was vrysrs. I get tired of watching her slap at backhands all match.
:fiery: She's never slapped a backhand in her life.... She just pushes them into the net. :tape:

Serenidad.
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:52 AM
It's hard to keep up with Slutati. At the moment she's dating Samir Nasri...I think. That could change any second now :):sobbing:

Her and Noah are over, or they are both concurrent?

Thanx4nothin
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:53 AM
Justine never had good technique, her forehand and serve especially. Her backhand was unique and pretty awesome to behold, but I feel that didn't owe totally to great technique. Serena actually has great technique, but Davenport was flawless technically.

Slutati
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:55 AM
Her and Noah are over, or they are both concurrent?
I'm not sure about Noah...I think they're over, it looked like it was just a fling. :shrug:

Slutiana
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:55 AM
Possibly.

Do you know how in a poll women prefer to hang around people uglier than them to make them look prettier. It could be that Tatiana's BH is so bad that it makes her FH look better than what it is.

See Jankovic's BH. ^
:eek: :ras: :speakles:

Thats no way to treat the best forehand in the WTA. :rolleyes: I made this video specially for your kind. :ras:
80SwDotmDtE

Serenidad.
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:56 AM
I'm not sure about Noah...I think they're over, it looked like it was just a fling. :shrug:

At least she is trying to fill Hingis' void.

RIP Martina's career. :sobbing: Lastslam1999tina.

debopero
Aug 13th, 2008, 01:16 AM
:eek: :ras: :speakles:

Thats no way to treat the best forehand in the WTA. :rolleyes: I made this video specially for your kind. :ras:
80SwDotmDtE

Have you ever noticed that Tatiana only hits her forehand inside-out when she hits winners? Just an observation...

tennisbear7
Aug 13th, 2008, 01:20 AM
Have you ever noticed that Tatiana only hits her forehand inside-out when she hits winners? Just an observation...

Are you kidding me? Dushevina has the best forehand technique ever, look at them forehand winners with her western grip.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Aug 13th, 2008, 01:30 AM
Serve-No contest Serena, with Lindsay, Sveta, Molik, and Stosur as honorable mentions.

Backhand-Lindsay hits the ball the cleanest off this wing, and it's mostly attributed to her superior timing. Serena, Maria, Jankovic, and Hingis are very technically sound off this wing. Venus to me has never been technically sound off the backhand but despite that it's probably one of the top 5 dangerous weapons on the tour because of her timing and ability to change direction and go down the line without notice. Venus lets the ball get to close and hits too many balls open stance which is why she isn't technically superior in my book.

Forehand-This is tough because so many of the ladies' forehands are a mess :lol: However, I feel that Patty, Sveta, and Justine have the smoothest stroke production off that wing.

Vollies-Probably any of the singles players who also play doubles. Hingis, Momo, Sveta, Hantuchova, Sugiyana, Black, Huber, Raymond etc;

darkchild
Aug 13th, 2008, 01:51 AM
Anyone who knows anything knows that Lindsay is no ballbasher. Anyway, this thread is not about their gamestyle, and it's not about what they achieved.



But Lindsay does have some of the best footwork :confused: Movement is crap but footwork is immaculate :D

:cool:

darkchild
Aug 13th, 2008, 01:55 AM
Possibly.

Do you know how in a poll women prefer to hang around people uglier than them to make them look prettier. It could be that Tatiana's BH is so bad that it makes her FH look better than what it is.

See Jankovic's BH. ^

:lol:

DA FOREHAND
Aug 13th, 2008, 04:07 PM
ok so;
serve - serena by miles, pefect technique, is never going to let her down. her ball toss is great as well as it is very reliable and she is very capable of hitting any type of serve off the same ball toss.

backhand - jj's is great, she has the ability to hit it open and closed stance, shes also probably the best player right now at the inside out backhand, she has the ability to let the ball come on to her and hit it off perfectly, which is very hard to do. davenports backhand is very good to, but her inside out is not as good as jj's.

forehand - this is tough as there are a lot of girls with dodgy technique right now on the forehand, sveta's is very good and has a great mix of topspin and power, shes let down by not knowing when to attack and when to rally on it. ivanovics forehand is simple, but her contact point changes making it have bad days (like venus).

volley - davenport has clasic volleys and puches them unlike most top players now. venus has good volleys but her hands are not as soft on the volleys as davenport, meaning she cant manipulate the racket head as well as davenport.

slice - with henin gone there are very few players who can hit a defensive slice. jj's is good, mauresmos is very good. though there are very few others than can hit this shot well on a consistant basis.

get over yourselves w/all this now that Henin's gone bullshit. She's not the only player that can hit a defensive slice, or even the only player that could hit a good defensive slice.:rolleyes:

She had a very good backhand, was among the best in volleys, and footwork. The same could be said for ASV, Conchita Martinez...etc etc

Navratil
Aug 15th, 2008, 09:43 AM
Very interesting answers!

The conclusion: I guess Davenport's still the best player out there - techniacally!

And I can remember that Navratilova said that too: Lindsay's the best hitter ever.

But still:

Who is the most gifted / talented player??

Slutiana
Aug 15th, 2008, 11:11 AM
Have you ever noticed that Tatiana only hits her forehand inside-out when she hits winners? Just an observation...It is her favourite shot but she likes to wrong foot a lot and thats why she uses it so much. Her CC forehand is great too.

Serenidad.
Aug 15th, 2008, 11:22 AM
This thread is so hilarious. :rolls:

justine schnyder
Aug 15th, 2008, 11:30 AM
Kuzzy

TheFifthAvocado
Aug 15th, 2008, 11:47 AM
Not that they are the most effective technically (so don't everyone yell at me when I say this), but Zheng Jie's ground strokes are a tennis coach's dream. She has zero wind-up on them, complete follow through, she moves her feet well to get into a closed stance position and bends her knees well, basically all the things my coaches try to get me to do. They're also identical on both sides which is good I guess. I guess the only thing that sets them apart though are the fact that they have no wind up.

Navratil
Feb 14th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Mauresmo has got a very special technique and I don't think it would be a good idea to copy that style.
But it looks great and she's good on every single shot.

Also I think it wouldn't be good to copy Steffi Grafs game. You need a lot of speed, athletism and talent to play that kind of style. It's just very individuell.

The Dawntreader
Feb 14th, 2009, 10:19 AM
Mauresmo's FH and serve are far from fluid:help:

I would say Ivanovic. Her serve and FH technique are very simple and beautiful
Serena's serve is the best technically
JJ's BH and Petrova's volleys too

She hits the forehand late, hardly textbook:tape::lol:

I agree about Serena's serve though. All the elements come together- the immense shoulder rotation, the spring from the legs and the forward momemtum into the serve using the core strength in the body. The best service motion i've ever seen from anyone.

Mauresmo's backhand is technically more aestheticly pleasing than Henin's was. Justine always had to hit off-balance to create the power. Mauresmo puts tons of spin on her backhand though, so obviously Justine's backhand was the more effective, especially at changing the direction of the ball off that wing.

Venus is hardly a master of convention when it comes to technique, but when her forehand is on, it's a beautiful shot technically IMO. The follow through can look imacculate. However, this is not a consistent theme with Venus's forehand:lol:

Max565
Feb 14th, 2009, 11:06 AM
I have to agree with Davenport's strokes... especially the backhand. That wonderful combination of power and precision. :)

bandabou
Feb 14th, 2009, 12:29 PM
I agree about Serena's serve though. All the elements come together- the immense shoulder rotation, the spring from the legs and the forward momemtum into the serve using the core strength in the body. The best service motion i've ever seen from anyone.

Serena IS serving..beautiful motion.

rjd1111
Feb 14th, 2009, 02:04 PM
What do you think: Who is the best active player technically now that Justine has retired?

Mauresmo?
Davenport?
V. or S. Williams?

I personally never really liked Justines shots technically. Her backhand looked a little bit strange in the slomo. I think she was just extremly good at improvising but her shots were not that round and fluent as Mauresmos shots for example.

Also: Who is the most gifted player?

Ever: Martina Navratilova (no doubt about it) :lick:
These days: Serena Williams??


You say that like Justine was the best player

when she retired.

Judging from results Serena is the best player

before and after Justine retired.

Serena is also the most gifted.

Zhao
Feb 14th, 2009, 02:41 PM
i am surprised no one mentions Jelena Dokic...Elena Dementieva and Mary Pierce...