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VeeJJ
Nov 4th, 2010, 12:40 AM
Everyone always talks about ball bashers and such so it got me thinking. Who hits with the least pace?

My first thought was Aga but idk...

Who else?

Josh.
Nov 4th, 2010, 01:14 AM
^ You're kidding right? Zheng has amazing pace on her ground-strokes for someone her size. She is fantastic at using and redirecting opponents pace and if that doesn't work, I've seen players caught of guard at how much pace she can create herself.

VeeJJ
Nov 4th, 2010, 01:16 AM
Yeah she is really good at absorbing pace with her short swing groundstrokes and redirecting the ball with the pace her opponent gave her. So pretty much her pace is judged by the pace of her opponents ball.

Sean.
Nov 4th, 2010, 02:14 AM
Radwanska - Aga's backhand is technically one of the best in the game, just because she doesn't blast the ball doesn't make it a bad shot.

Hantuchova - how you can say someone who strikes the ball as cleanly as Daniela has bad groundstrokes is beyond me.

SelesFan70
Nov 4th, 2010, 02:26 AM
Jill Craybas

I love me som Jill Craybas!! :worship:

Is she in the top 100?

Miss Atomic Bomb
Nov 4th, 2010, 02:28 AM
Jie Zheng.

Dulgheru made Zheng look like a proper ballbasher in their Warsaw match this year.

Patrick345
Nov 4th, 2010, 02:28 AM
Cornet
Niculescu
Dominguez Lino
Brianti
Meusburger
Medina Garrigues

Pops Maellard
Nov 4th, 2010, 02:29 AM
If you don't like women's tennis, then don't post here. We definitely won't miss you!




Radwanska - Aga's backhand is technically one of the best in the game, just because she doesn't blast the ball doesn't make it a bad shot.

Hantuchova - how you can say someone who strikes the ball as cleanly as Daniela has bad groundstrokes is beyond me.

Really? :unsure:

Six Feet Under
Nov 4th, 2010, 02:57 AM
Monica Niculescu :)

stangtennis
Nov 4th, 2010, 03:52 AM
Jill Craybas

I love me som Jill Craybas!! :worship:

Is she in the top 100?
Actually she's ranked exactly #100 right now, so she just made it.

How about her young countrywoman Oudin? Haven't watched a lot of her matches (few of her matches has been televised outside US Open), but she's a small player.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Nov 4th, 2010, 04:04 AM
With the exception of Vinci, everybody in the top 50 hits the ball with a decent amount of pace, and Vinci gets a pass because her game is based around mixing up her shots and not around power.

Once you get down to #75 or so in the rankings is when you get the weaponless, slow pace baseline players--Voracova, Gallovits, Barrois, Niculescu, Zahlavova, Barrois, Meusburger, Brianti, Lepchenko.

I would have put Craybas in this list, but after watching her play against Meusburger at the US Open, I was surprised at how many winners she was hitting. To be fair, she was playing Meusburger and getting a ton of time to set up her shots, but she's capable of being aggressive if given the opportunity.

KBlade
Nov 4th, 2010, 06:19 AM
Zheng is a fantastic player, seriously. She might'nt be the most powerful play on tour, but if you've seen her play (well) you can't deny her talent. Maybe her groundstrokes and serve might not be the most flashy, but they serve their purpose. One of the reasons Zheng is so successful, especially on grass, is because she grinds players down. She runs down, EVERYTHING, and most importantly, she has excellent foot work and takes the ball early and redirects pace extremely well. She robs her opponents of valuable time and hits very flat.

If you look at it properly, Zheng has nearly all the elements required to be a successful grass court player. She's fast, she hits flat, she has good footwork and takes the ball on the rise. The only element she does not have, and will never have is the big serve that can win her free points, or that she can rely on to get her out of trouble.

But no, Zheng definately does not hit with the least amount of pace on tour. For her size, the pace she is able to produce is exceptional. Her two Semifinal appearances have no been accidents. She has even causes Serena trouble on the two occasions they have met.

SELVEN
Nov 4th, 2010, 06:57 AM
Pin :haha: Is she still in the top 100?

faboozadoo15
Nov 4th, 2010, 07:02 AM
Cornet
Niculescu
Dominguez Lino
Brianti
Meusburger
Medina Garrigues

Good list.

From time to time each of these players can appear to hit the ball harder only by taking it extra early or by playing a huge hitter. I'm thinking mostly of AMG here.

faboozadoo15
Nov 4th, 2010, 07:03 AM
Really? :unsure:

Of course. how else do you think she got to top 10 or top 5 (don't know her peak). It certainly isn't her serve or forehand.

Carotastrophe
Nov 4th, 2010, 07:08 AM
Zheng is a very good player, but is currently sidelined by an injury. so @Claycourter so you are saying Zheng's Wimbledon and AO runs are both FLUKE's??

Mightymirza
Nov 4th, 2010, 07:42 AM
^ You're kidding right? Zheng has amazing pace on her ground-strokes for someone her size. She is fantastic at using and redirecting opponents pace and if that doesn't work, I've seen players caught of guard at how much pace she can create herself.

Totally.. She takes the ball so early.. Very quick player.. Its only her serve thats weak..

Mightymirza
Nov 4th, 2010, 07:44 AM
:rolleyes: and Jie got to SF of Wimbledon too playing club pusher tennis :smash:

People (:secret: Wonzniacki) has reached finals using that :wavey:

Mightymirza
Nov 4th, 2010, 07:45 AM
Camille pin?

Vodkapova
Nov 4th, 2010, 07:55 AM
People (:secret: Wonzniacki) has reached finals using that :wavey:

As much as I do not like Wozniacki, I think she's very smart and one of mentally strongest players on the tour. Club-level tennis players do not make finals or win tournaments that she does.

Caralenko
Nov 4th, 2010, 08:11 AM
Pin has been retired since May.

Inger67
Nov 4th, 2010, 08:30 AM
Zheng is a fantastic player, seriously. She might'nt be the most powerful play on tour, but if you've seen her play (well) you can't deny her talent. Maybe her groundstrokes and serve might not be the most flashy, but they serve their purpose. One of the reasons Zheng is so successful, especially on grass, is because she grinds players down. She runs down, EVERYTHING, and most importantly, she has excellent foot work and takes the ball early and redirects pace extremely well. She robs her opponents of valuable time and hits very flat.

If you look at it properly, Zheng has nearly all the elements required to be a successful grass court player. She's fast, she hits flat, she has good footwork and takes the ball on the rise. The only element she does not have, and will never have is the big serve that can win her free points, or that she can rely on to get her out of trouble.

But no, Zheng definately does not hit with the least amount of pace on tour. For her size, the pace she is able to produce is exceptional. Her two Semifinal appearances have no been accidents. She has even causes Serena trouble on the two occasions they have met.

I completely agree, I saw her play and warm up in one of her doubles matches in Cincy last year and was really impressed. She hits the ball really cleanly and like other posters have said directs it really well. I was actually thinking to myself as I was watching her how she hasn't had more success in singles, and then she makes the AO SF :drool: I hope she has a good 2011

Julian.
Nov 4th, 2010, 08:32 AM
Serena Williams :bowdown:

Pops Maellard
Nov 4th, 2010, 08:37 AM
I completely agree, I saw her play and warm up in one of her doubles matches in Cincy last year and was really impressed. She hits the ball really cleanly and like other posters have said directs it really well. I was actually thinking to myself as I was watching her how she hasn't had more success in singles, and then she makes the AO SF :drool: I hope she has a good 2011

Something about her game gives her wrist problems though. :unsure: She's getting surgery.

tennisforadults
Nov 4th, 2010, 09:18 AM
Zheng is a fantastic player, seriously. She might'nt be the most powerful play on tour, but if you've seen her play (well) you can't deny her talent. Maybe her groundstrokes and serve might not be the most flashy, but they serve their purpose. One of the reasons Zheng is so successful, especially on grass, is because she grinds players down. She runs down, EVERYTHING, and most importantly, she has excellent foot work and takes the ball early and redirects pace extremely well. She robs her opponents of valuable time and hits very flat.

If you look at it properly, Zheng has nearly all the elements required to be a successful grass court player. She's fast, she hits flat, she has good footwork and takes the ball on the rise. The only element she does not have, and will never have is the big serve that can win her free points, or that she can rely on to get her out of trouble.

But no, Zheng definately does not hit with the least amount of pace on tour. For her size, the pace she is able to produce is exceptional. Her two Semifinal appearances have no been accidents. She has even causes Serena trouble on the two occasions they have met.

I've never really watched Zheng play but nice analysis anyway. :)

Corswandt
Nov 4th, 2010, 11:04 AM
Among players who were in the top 100 this season, Mariana Duque Mariño by far.

Sean.
Nov 4th, 2010, 11:30 AM
Wow, some mod really went to town in here. :unsure:

Juju Nostalgique
Nov 4th, 2010, 12:07 PM
Pushniacki? :scratch:

Pushwanska? :scratch:

Renalicious
Nov 4th, 2010, 01:15 PM
Wow, some mod really went to town in here. :unsure:

Yes. :unsure: