View Full Version : What is Li Na's best surface?

Aug 25th, 2011, 11:38 PM

Break My Rapture
Aug 25th, 2011, 11:43 PM
1) slow HC
2) grass
3) clay
4) fast HC

Aug 25th, 2011, 11:44 PM
definetly not fast HC:o

Aug 26th, 2011, 12:10 AM
Definetely not clay :haha:

Aug 26th, 2011, 12:10 AM
See, I actually think fast hardcourts should potentially be quite a good surface for her. Even though she's an aggressive player, she actually in recent years likes to absorb pace from her opponent and throw it back at them, because when she tries to generate too much power on her own, she becomes way too error-prone ... and fast hardcourts is the perfect surface to absorb pace, as Kim has shown. Certainly either that or slow hardcourts is Na's best I would say.

Clay is definitely still her worst imo... she just still doesn't have the patient point construction that's needed for the surface, she still doesn't slide too well. There's a reason she'd never won a claycourt title or been past the 4th round at RG before this year :lol:

Aug 26th, 2011, 12:12 AM
Not sure... first that comes to mind are the slow australian hardcourts, but her claygame has improved tremendously(she won RG because of her incredible footwork there) and she's always been good on grass with the movement, groundies and sliceserve.

Fast hardcourt is definetly the tricky one, her serve isn't connecting as much. Still, i think she can definetly be just as good on it as slow hardcourt when she puts her mind to it.

Spring Pools
Aug 26th, 2011, 12:42 AM
Pressed the wrong one... I think it's slow HC then Clay then grass then fast HC

Aug 26th, 2011, 12:43 AM
does it matter? she can beat anybody no matter what surface it is ;)

Aug 26th, 2011, 01:18 AM
Slow hardcourts, Grass, Clay, Fast Hardcourts

Aug 26th, 2011, 01:26 AM
does it matter? she can beat anybody no matter what surface it is ;)

except for Sam S on any surface..Sadly speaking, :o

Aug 26th, 2011, 02:50 AM
The fact that there are doubts that arise regarding which surface is her best only comes to show how much of an all-around player in terms of surfaces she is :)

Spring Pools
Aug 26th, 2011, 02:54 AM
except for Sam S on any surface..Sadly speaking, :o


Aug 26th, 2011, 02:58 AM
Slow HC.

Aug 26th, 2011, 03:14 AM
Slow HC, but she's an all-court player. She has a forehand game and brilliant footwork, which really is at the core of a proper clay strategy. She absorbs all the pace from low bouncing faster courts, hence her good results on grass. Fast HC really is the worst. The bounce is a bit higher whilst keeping most of the pace, and she doesn't time her FH nearly as well as on the other surfaces. She gets easily punished on that wing, especially from heavily spinned shots like Stosur's FH, hence the ownage.

Aug 26th, 2011, 03:16 AM
From Grand Slam evidence, it would seem a slower hard court (Australia) and then grass (2 Wimbledon QF's) would be her best surface. We'll see if she can replicate her Roland Garros form on clay before I give her the nod on the clay.

So, for right now I would say a slower hard court is most preferred surface. All the timing of clay with an even and true bounce and sure footing.

Aug 26th, 2011, 03:17 AM
Clay :oh:

Aug 26th, 2011, 04:29 AM
I would say slow HC.

Shonami Slam
Aug 26th, 2011, 05:26 AM
she plays a hardcourt game everywhere, that's for sure.

Aug 26th, 2011, 06:33 AM
Whenever she feels confident and concentrated, that's her best surface, no matter what.

Aug 26th, 2011, 07:18 AM
Slow HC; she said her self she prefers hardcourts.

Aug 26th, 2011, 08:13 AM
Slow hard. Semi + Final at AO.

Aug 26th, 2011, 08:30 AM
Slow hardcourt, grass, clay, fast HC

Maria rocks
Aug 26th, 2011, 09:24 AM
She won the French so i would say Clay.