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Setsuna.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 07:10 AM
Top 5 Backhands:

1. Sharapova
2. Azarenka
3. Paszek
4. Barthel
5. Kvitova/Li

Top 5 Forehands:

1. Stosur
2. Serena
3. Goerges
4. Kvitova
5. Ivanovic

Post your list.

Steven.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 07:46 AM
top 5 backhands:
Sharapova
Serena
Venus
Azarenka
Kvitova

top 5 forehands
Sharapova
Serena
Kvitova
Stosur
Ivanovic

In no particular order of course, although the obvious two top groundstrokes belong to Maria and Serena and I don't think anyone else can really compare off both wings simply because they're the two players who can actually consistently hit AMAZING fh and bhs no matter how much time they're given - ample time or completely rushed.

Stosur's, Ivanovic's and Kvitova's fh, when rushed, is definitely far from a weapon but they're huge and consistent enough to be at the top.

SilverSlam
Sep 2nd, 2012, 08:01 AM
Top 5 Backhands:

1. Sharapova
2. Azarenka
3. Li
4. Venus
5. Zvonareva

Top 5 Forehands:

1. Ivanovic
2. Serena
3. Stosur
4. Kvitova
5. Sharapova

claypova
Sep 2nd, 2012, 08:02 AM
Forehands:
1. Ivanovic

The 2nd Law
Sep 2nd, 2012, 08:03 AM
top 5 backhands:
Sharapova
Serena
Azarenka
Li
Kvitova

top 5 forehands
Serena
Sharapova
Kvitova
Stosur
Ivanovic

Purple_Rain
Sep 2nd, 2012, 08:55 AM
Top 5 backhands:
Stosur
Ivanovic
McHale
Stephens
Soler-Espinosa

Top 5 forehands:
Wozniacki
Pironkova
Jankovic
Niculescu
Zvonareva

Chunchun
Sep 2nd, 2012, 09:27 AM
Top 5 backhands:
Stosur
Ivanovic
McHale
Stephens
Soler-Espinosa

Top 5 forehands:
Wozniacki
Pironkova
Jankovic
Niculescu
Zvonareva

This is so wrong :spit: :crying2:

momo_rama
Sep 2nd, 2012, 09:38 AM
Backhands
S.Williams
Sharapova
Pironkova
Paszek
Azarenka

Forehands
Stosur
S.Williams
Kvitova
Ivanovic
Kuzzy

gc-spurs
Sep 2nd, 2012, 09:41 AM
Top 5 backhands:
Stosur
Ivanovic
McHale
Stephens
Soler-Espinosa

Top 5 forehands:
Wozniacki
Pironkova
Jankovic
Niculescu
Zvonareva

:hehehe:

Antoshka
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:07 AM
Top 5 Backhands:

1. Jankovic
2. Sharapova
3. Serena
4. Li
5. Paszek

Top 5 Forehands:

1. Ivanovic
2. Serena
3. Sharapova
4. Goerges
5. Cirstea

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:00 AM
Top 5 Backhands:

1.Sharapova
2.Serena
3.Clijsters
4.Azarenka
5.Wozniacki

Top 5 forehands:

1.Serena
2.Kim
3.Maria
4.Stosur
5.Ivanovic

Break My Rapture
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:10 PM
Backhands
1. Azarenka
2. Sharapova
3. Li
4. S Williams
5. Zvonareva (she's out of form but her BH will always remain one of the best of the Tour in recent years IMO)

Forehands
1. S Williams
2. Kvitova
3. Stosur
4. Kanepi
5. Goerges/Pavlyuchenkova

Tennisvampire
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:44 PM
Backhands:
1.Sharapova
2.Azarenka
3.Jankovic (not in great form, but her BHDTL is still one of the best in the game IMO)
4.Serena
5.Li

Forehands:
1.Ivanovic
2.Serena
3.Stosur
4.Kvitova
5.Clijsters

Pureracket
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:45 PM
I actually quite like Sharapova and her game. She's great for the sport, and even her detractors have to admire her will to win. Her backhand is one of the most lethal shots in not just tennis but in sports. As much as I like Sharapova, though, I don't see how people can't see how her forehand is probably one of the shakiest on the tour.

Tenis Srbija
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:48 PM
Janković even in her slump still has one of the best BH's. In her match against Radwanska her BH was working amazingly.
When it comes to FH Serena is No1, No2, No3 and so one. No one comes even close.

Break My Rapture
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:52 PM
Janković even in her slump still has one of the best BH's. In her match against Radwanska her BH was working amazingly.
When it comes to FH Serena is No1, No2, No3 and so one. No one comes even close.
Jankovic's BH has to be one of the most overrated shots in tennis.

Craig.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 02:54 PM
Oh, this should be fun.

blackandblue
Sep 2nd, 2012, 03:13 PM
Serena, when on, has by far the best FH on tour imo. She's capable of hitting it down the line, crosscourt (some of the angles she hits no other woman on tour could pull off) and even runs around it when the time calls for it. She can also add spin in windy conditions or when she's just not finding her range. More importantly, she knows when to do all these things.

blackandblue
Sep 2nd, 2012, 03:14 PM
Jankovic's BH has to be one of the most overrated shots in tennis.

This. And Venus'. It's impotent as a defensive shot.

Olórin
Sep 2nd, 2012, 03:22 PM
Top 5 Backhands:

1. Sharapova
2. Azarenka
3. Paszek
4. Barthel
5. Kvitova/Li

Top 5 Forehands:

1. Stosur
2. Serena
3. Goerges
4. Kvitova
5. Ivanovic

Post your list.

Backhands
1. Azarenka
2. Sharapova
3. Li
4. S Williams
5. Zvonareva (she's out of form but her BH will always remain one of the best of the Tour in recent years IMO)

Forehands
1. S Williams
2. Kvitova
3. Stosur
4. Kanepi
5. Goerges/Pavlyuchenkova

Other than these two lists I can only assume that every other post is the result of some sort of perverse and ridiculous sense of humour.

The 2nd Law
Sep 2nd, 2012, 03:23 PM
If Zvonareva's bh is still top 5 (the op says atm) then JJs bh certainly is too

Tenis Srbija
Sep 2nd, 2012, 03:23 PM
Jankovic's BH has to be one of the most overrated shots in tennis.

Well, then the tennis world is delusional...and all of the top players who praised it.

And it's so overrated that in 90 percent of times players don't even try to get it back :lol:
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dangalak
Sep 2nd, 2012, 03:54 PM
When it comes to FH Serena is No1, No2, No3 and so one. No one comes even close.

Serena hit less FH winners than Radwanska until the Wimbledon final.

Think about that for a second.

I honestly can tell you who has the best forehand. There's something to complain about with every single one of them.

But backhands?

Sharpie, Shriekerenka, Serena, Li Na have to be at the top.

Natural Joe
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:01 PM
Well, then the tennis world is delusional...and all of the top players who praised it.

And it's so overrated that in 90 percent of times players don't even try to get it back :lol:
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Who is this player that hit so many winners in this video?

dsanders06
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:10 PM
Jankovic's BH has to be one of the most overrated shots in tennis.

THIS! Even at her peak, her backhand was pretty limited in what it could do. Sure, she occasionally hit a backhand down-the-line that was more aesthetically-pleasing than many other players' shots, but even that she could only do when she was already in control of the point and she got a short ball that she could step in to hit an easy putaway down the line - her backhand was NEVER good enough to actually take charge of points on it's own, Jankovic could never crack a powerful backhand out of nowhere from the back of the court, in the way that the elite ballstrikers can. It was PAINFUL watching her hit her backhand yesterday - she kept hitting it so jerkily, doing a weird sort of upwards lift at the end of her swing just to get it to go over the net. That's why it's not actually true that her downfall is JUST because she's a headcase - her backhand is so technically limited that even the most mentally-tough player would struggle to execute a ballbashing gameplan with Jankovic's shots more than 30% of the time.

I actually quite like Sharapova and her game. She's great for the sport, and even her detractors have to admire her will to win. Her backhand is one of the most lethal shots in not just tennis but in sports. As much as I like Sharapova, though, I don't see how people can't see how her forehand is probably one of the shakiest on the tour.

Let's not exaggerate :lol: Maria's forehand is shakier than the best forehands, and also shakier than it used to be, but it's still better than half of the current top 10's.

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Best backhands:

01 Sharapova (imo better than it EVER has been - it's as lethal as it ever was, almost as reliable as 2004-08, and more, she has better defensive touch on that side than ever. I can't think of a single match on red clay this year where her BH wasn't atleats an 8/10)
02 Azarenka
03 Li
04 Kvitova
05 ...I suppose Paszek


Best forehands:

01 Kvitova (even if it's a little less consistent than her BH, when it's on her FH is the most lethal groundstroke of anyone imo)
02 Stosur
03 Serena
04 Second-career Clijsters (I don't care if she's technically retired now :lol: )
05 Kanepi (almost went with Ivanovic who's forehand is better at it's peak, but Kanepi's has been better than hers of late, so....)

Tenis Srbija
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:11 PM
Serena hit less FH winners than Radwanska until the Wimbledon final.

Think about that for a second.

I honestly can tell you who has the best forehand. There's something to complain about with every single one of them.

But backhands?

Sharpie, Shriekerenka, Serena, Li Na have to be at the top.

They don't have to be winners. They just have to be good enough to open up the court for coming on the net, or for making your opponent miss the next shot. Simple as that. And I have no doubt that Serena had more winner even up until Wimbledon from FH then Radwanska :lol: Please show me the stats where Radwanska has more I would love to see that.

Who is this player that hit so many winners in this video?
JJ...old and far better version of today's Empress :lol:

Mistress of Evil
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:18 PM
Backhands
1. Azarenka
2. Sharapova


Please, elaborate Mr. Falsetto Nightingale. I am really looking forward to your unbiased analysis. :)

Break My Rapture
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:18 PM
THIS! Even at her peak, her backhand was pretty limited in what it could do. Sure, she occasionally hit a backhand down-the-line that was more aesthetically-pleasing than many other players' shots, but even that she could only do when she was already in control of the point and she got a short ball that she could step in to hit an easy putaway down the line - her backhand was NEVER good enough to actually take charge of points on it's own, Jankovic could never crack a powerful backhand out of nowhere from the back of the court, in the way that the elite ballstrikers can. It was PAINFUL watching her hit her backhand yesterday - she kept hitting it so jerkily, doing a weird sort of upwards lift at the end of her swing just to get it to go over the net. That's why it's not actually true that her downfall is JUST because she's a headcase - her backhand is so technically limited that even the most mentally-tough player would struggle to execute a ballbashing gameplan with Jankovic's shots more than 30% of the time.



Let's not exaggerate :lol: Maria's forehand is shakier than the best forehands, and also shakier than it used to be, but it's still better than half of the current top 10's.

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Best backhands:

01 Sharapova (imo better than it EVER has been - it's as lethal as it ever was, almost as reliable as 2004-08, and more, she has better defensive touch on that side than ever. I can't think of a single match on red clay this year where her BH wasn't atleats an 8/10)
02 Azarenka
03 Li
04 Kvitova
05 ...I suppose Paszek


Best forehands:

01 Kvitova (even if it's a little less consistent than her BH, when it's on her FH is the most lethal groundstroke of anyone imo)
02 Stosur
03 Serena
04 Second-career Clijsters (I don't care if she's technically retired now :lol: )
05 Ivanovic
I don't even find her BH that aesthetically pleasing. She's oftenly hitting it on one foot while falling sideways, in other words losing her balance which makes me think a lot of the decent BH DTLs she hits are rather lucky shots.

Please, elaborate Mr. Falsetto Nightingale. I am really looking forward to your unbiased analysis. :)
They are very close. They both have an outstanding BH CC, extremely accurate and powerful. Martha's BH probably has more pace though from her raw power, while Azarenka relies more on taking the ball early to create the pace on her BH. They both tend to over-crosscourt their BHs instead of going DTL when the first BH CC created a good enough opening. The dealbreaker for me was that Azarenka's technique is more compact and thus is able to handle deeper shots into her BH better than Sharapova's, whose BH takes more time to set up.

dangalak
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:28 PM
They don't have to be winners. They just have to be good enough to open up the court for coming on the net, or for making your opponent miss the next shot. Simple as that. And I have no doubt that Serena had more winner even up until Wimbledon from FH then Radwanska :lol: Please show me the stats where Radwanska has more I would love to see that.

1. The commentator during the Wimbledon final said it. I almost shat my pants. :lol:

2. IT'S RADWANSKA. If you don't hit more clean winners than her, especially if you're Serena Williams, you can't have the best FH on tour period.

I mean, all that "when she's on" bullshit is irrelevant. Remember peak Pierce? From day to day, her FH isn't the best FH not by a long shot. Maybe if she could smoothly run around her backhand, she would hit it better, but she moves worse than fucking Jo Willy Tsonga. :lol:

Tenis Srbija
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:34 PM
1. The commentator during the Wimbledon final said it. I almost shat my pants. :lol:

2. IT'S RADWANSKA. If you don't hit more clean winners than her, especially if you're Serena Williams, you can't have the best FH on tour period.

I mean, all that "when she's on" bullshit is irrelevant. Remember peak Pierce? From day to day, her FH isn't the best FH not by a long shot. Maybe if she could smoothly run around her backhand, she would hit it better, but she moves worse than fucking Jo Willy Tsonga. :lol:

Serena played 32 matches until Wimbledon, Agnieszka 48. But even so, I still don't believe that fact is correct. No way...

Well to be honest this is one of those questions where you can't hit the right answer. People have their favs and so on and on. Someone likes Serena's FH, someone Ivanović's, someone Kim's... :shrug: I personally think Serena has the best FH. I just think it's the most lethal. And I do think Janković has one of the best BHs ever. Just cause it's a point ending shot and that's what matters the most. She can pick it up from the ground, catch it in the air, hit it while running, standing on one leg...

But, as I said earlier it's all about personal view. "De gustibus non est disputandum" ;)

binky-GOAT
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:36 PM
:lol: Why is Kvitova even here?

Best =/= Most powerful

Natural Joe
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:37 PM
JJ...old and far better version of today's Empress :lol:

Today's Empress shows no resemblance whatsoever to the player in this video.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.urlesque.com/media/2011/02/oreillycantexplain1.jpg

PS: I knew who it was, I was joking. :p

dangalak
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:40 PM
:lol: Why is Kvitova even here?

Best =/= Most powerful

If that was the meassuring stick, don't think anybody could get past Lisicki. :lol: Girl was overpowering Goerges on clay. Think about that for a second.

Tenis Srbija
Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:43 PM
Today's Empress shows no resemblance whatsoever to the player in this video.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.urlesque.com/media/2011/02/oreillycantexplain1.jpg

PS: I knew who it was, I was joking. :p

I KNOW!!! :hysteric:

homogenius
Sep 2nd, 2012, 05:34 PM
THIS! Even at her peak, her backhand was pretty limited in what it could do. Sure, she occasionally hit a backhand down-the-line that was more aesthetically-pleasing than many other players' shots, but even that she could only do when she was already in control of the point and she got a short ball that she could step in to hit an easy putaway down the line - her backhand was NEVER good enough to actually take charge of points on it's own, Jankovic could never crack a powerful backhand out of nowhere from the back of the court, in the way that the elite ballstrikers can. It was PAINFUL watching her hit her backhand yesterday - she kept hitting it so jerkily, doing a weird sort of upwards lift at the end of her swing just to get it to go over the net. That's why it's not actually true that her downfall is JUST because she's a headcase - her backhand is so technically limited that even the most mentally-tough player would struggle to execute a ballbashing gameplan with Jankovic's shots more than 30% of the time.




:weirdo: :help:
With posts like this, one would think you never watched a tennis match in your life.

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 2nd, 2012, 05:53 PM
Please, elaborate Mr. Falsetto Nightingale. I am really looking forward to your unbiased analysis. :)

:lol:.

danieln1
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:09 PM
Forehands:
1. Ivanovic

This.

Setsuna.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:11 PM
Jankovic's BH can't be in the top 5. Read the thread title again JJ fans. I said "at the moment". I'm talking about 2012 not 2008.

Charlatan
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:16 PM
:weirdo: :help:
With posts like this, one would think you never watched a tennis match in your life.

There is nothing wrong with what he said in the post! :weirdo:

I like JJ and her game, but her bh is so overrated on this board. During 06, 07, she could hardly generate that much pace from BH CC. Watch her matches against Henin back then. You'll see those BH CC rallies :lol: It doesn't have the OOMPH a la Sharapova's bh or Serena's. She could barely hit it through the court.

Her money shot was BH DTL. That's it

Deestruction
Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:28 PM
Top 5 Backhand
1.Sharapova/Serena undecided, ive seen these two and their bhs are amazing
2.Azarenka/JJ, these two are very similar in their backhands very beautiful to watch
3.Wozniacki, even though she has been struggling this year, that bh is still a deadly shot
4.Li Na, i always loved her bh, she creates beautiful angles with it
5.Barthel, she has an amazing bh, i saw her in the beginning on the season absolutely stunning shot

Top 5 Forehand
1.Ivanovic/Kvitova undecided, this one was tough as well, both players are just amazing with their fhs :drool:
2.Goerges/Lisicki undecided, really good power behind those shots
3.Stephens, after seeing her for the past year and so, i love her fh, its just a great shot
4.Serena, shes been improving so much on her fh, usually its her weapon bh that does the damage
5.Stosur, i say it kinda similar to Li's but its bigger

RobinT83
Sep 2nd, 2012, 08:45 PM
Top 5 Backhands:
1) Stosur
2) Parmentier
3) Goerges
4) Mchale
5) Ivanovic

Top 5 Forehands:
1) Wozniacki
2) Cohen
3) Niculescu
4) Dushevina
5) Pironkova

borrowedheaven
Sep 2nd, 2012, 08:54 PM
Goerges' forehand is probably even more overrated than she is herself. It is amazing when she has a slow ball to hit, but the motion is far to complex to withstand any pace.

cowsonice
Sep 2nd, 2012, 08:57 PM
Forehands:
1) Dushevina
2) Pironkova
3) Oudin
4) Niculescu
5) Jankovic

Battiv
Sep 2nd, 2012, 09:08 PM
Best BH:
1) Cirstea
2) Serena
3) Sharapova
4) Babos/ 4)Kvitova

Best FH:
1) Ivanovic
2) Serena
3) Kvitova
4) Stosur
5) Sharapova

smarties
Sep 2nd, 2012, 09:18 PM
Goerges' forehand is probably even more overrated than she is herself. It is amazing when she has a slow ball to hit, but the motion is far to complex to withstand any pace.

It's clearly overrated like her looks...

Can't believe the two Lucies (Hradecka and Safarova) are not there :rolleyes:

fluffyelloballz
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:18 PM
Backhands: Azarenka
Sharapova
Serena
Bartoli
Li
Forehands
Stosur
Serena
Ana
Petra
Kim

Edy.
Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:23 PM
Backhands:

1. Li
2. Serena
3. Azarenka
4. Sharapova
5. Kvitova

Forehands:

1. Serena
2. Ivanovic
3. Kvitova
4. Sharapova
5. Stosur

Potato
Sep 3rd, 2012, 12:50 AM
Backhands:

1. Serena
2. Vika
3. Sharapova
4. Li
5. Kvitova

Forehands

1. Serena
2. Stosur
3. Sharapova
4. Kvitova
5. Ivanovic

HaplessPossum
Sep 3rd, 2012, 01:00 AM
Venus' defensive backhand is not impotent. Watch 1:49. Sorry, I don't know how to link it properly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpkRM4NcygI

dencod16
Sep 3rd, 2012, 01:25 AM
I don't think that it's about how many winner you can hit off that wing. With Serena she can do much more with her forehand that backhand. She opens up the court better in her forehand than backhand, she is the only one i know that can hit drop shots better in the forehand than backhand. Though her backhand is her power shot.

Purple_Rain
Sep 3rd, 2012, 01:48 AM
OK, for real now.

Top 5 backhands:
1. Sharapova
2. Azarenka
3. Serena
4. Wozniacki?
5. Kvitova? (There's a huge dropoff after the top 3)

Top 5 forehands:
1. Stosur
2. Ivanovic
3. Serena
4. Clijsters
5. Kvitova? (Again, major dropoff)

DefyingGravity
Sep 3rd, 2012, 02:07 AM
Backhand:

1. Sharapova
2. Azarenka
3. Serena
4. Clijsters
5. Wozniacki

Forehand:

1. Stosur
2. Serena
3. Clijsters
4. Ivanovic
5. Kvitova

danieln1
Sep 3rd, 2012, 02:26 AM
Top 5 Backhands:
1) Stosur
2) Parmentier
3) Goerges
4) Mchale
5) Ivanovic

Top 5 Forehands:
1) Wozniacki
2) Cohen
3) Niculescu
4) Dushevina
5) Pironkova

:happy:

LoLex
Sep 3rd, 2012, 04:02 AM
THIS! Even at her peak, her backhand was pretty limited in what it could do. Sure, she occasionally hit a backhand down-the-line that was more aesthetically-pleasing than many other players' shots, but even that she could only do when she was already in control of the point and she got a short ball that she could step in to hit an easy putaway down the line - her backhand was NEVER good enough to actually take charge of points on it's own, Jankovic could never crack a powerful backhand out of nowhere from the back of the court, in the way that the elite ballstrikers can. It was PAINFUL watching her hit her backhand yesterday - she kept hitting it so jerkily, doing a weird sort of upwards lift at the end of her swing just to get it to go over the net. That's why it's not actually true that her downfall is JUST because she's a headcase - her backhand is so technically limited that even the most mentally-tough player would struggle to execute a ballbashing gameplan with Jankovic's shots more than 30% of the time.

Bullsh!t. It is her backhand that gives her ability to turn defense into offense.

ezone
Sep 3rd, 2012, 06:48 AM
Vera should be on that list of forehands.

Potato
Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:31 AM
There is nothing wrong with what he said in the post! :weirdo:

I like JJ and her game, but her bh is so overrated on this board. During 06, 07, she could hardly generate that much pace from BH CC. Watch her matches against Henin back then. You'll see those BH CC rallies :lol: It doesn't have the OOMPH a la Sharapova's bh or Serena's. She could barely hit it through the court.

Her money shot was BH DTL. That's it

JJ's BH is not a power shot. I agree it is not top 5 ATM, but back in the day it was a great shot because of the balance and the versatility she had on it. And of course she will lose a CC backhand rally against Maria, Serena, and Henin :facepalm: those are power players with solid backhand technique (ALSO, Serena and Henin do have a better backhand than JJ in general). But can Sharapova get defensive angles that JJ could half-volley on her backhand? Never.

Raiden
Sep 3rd, 2012, 09:12 AM
It's clearly overrated like her looks...

Can't believe the two Lucies (Hradecka and Safarova) are not there :rolleyes:Rubbish.

The crappiest returners on the WTA tour cannot claim to possess the best forehand. That is ludicrous.

The best forehand of WTA should be a reliable return weapon from the back of the court - effective against at least one ball a set from Mallory Burdette (that's not too much to ask :lol: