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The Dawntreader
Dec 10th, 2012, 06:03 PM
While it's the off season, I thought It'd be a good, unoriginal opportunity to make a thread determining which players have the best shots on tour, as well as other facets such as movement, mental strength etc. Unlike the Top 10 thread, you can include any player you think is worthy of defining any given category.

So here they are:

-Forehand CC

-Forehand DTL

-First Serve

-Second Serve

-Backhand CC

-Backhand DTL

-Return of serve

-Inside out forehand

-Inside out backhand

-Drive Volley

-Forehand volley

-Backhand volley

- Smash

- Lob

-Drop-shot

-Slice

-Movement

-Footwork

-Stamina

-Mental strength.



Let the fan-girl wars begin!

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Edit- 4 more categories added.

Stonerpova
Dec 10th, 2012, 06:23 PM
-Forehand CC: Ivanovic when playing well

-Forehand DTL: Serena

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Serena

-Backhand CC: Sharapova. Azarenka's a close second. Both are technically very fluid shots but Maria just hits a bigger ball so I give her the slight edge.

-Backhand DTL: Jankovic Azarenka

-Forehand volley: I'm no authority on net play (considering my own lack of ability and who my fave is :lol: ) but Radwanska, Errani, Serena, Kvitova are all up there.

-Backhand volley: Errani's is pretty solid and so is Kvitova's

- Smash: Serena. It's always a shock to me when she misses one or doesn't put it away

- Lob: Serena. She doesn't use it a ton but when she does they're measured to perfection.

-Drop-shot: Radwanska. Errani's up there, too.

-Slice: Radwanska just because hers are so sneaky.

-Movement: Serena. Raw speed and excellent anticipation make up for her sometimes-lackadaisical footwork. Plus no one moves forward better than Serena. Kerber would probably be runner-up.

-Footwork: Azarenka, Sharapova, Li Na when she doesn't forget her brain

-Stamina: All the top defensive minded players (Kerber and such) have to have great stamina to be where they are playing the type of tennis they play. Serena and Maria are really fit too and don't seem to get worn out after long rallies or lots of close matches in a row.

-Mental strength: No one can touch Serena's will to win and, but honorable mentions to Azarenka (her self-belief and fearlessness when she's down is really impressive) and Sharapova (She's so resilient, and no active player has won more matches when playing like total crap than her)'

Also, I'll add:

Anticipation: Azarenka, Serena, Peak-Woz

Return of Serve: Azarenka (Serena and Maria hit more menacing returns when they connect but they're far less consistent)

Edit: Add Venus to pretty much everything involving the net :lol:

Israel
Dec 10th, 2012, 06:23 PM
-Forehand CC: Serena

-Forehand DTL: Petra

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Stosur

-Backhand CC: Petra

-Backhand DTL: Serena

-Forehand volley: Venus/Serena/Aga/Petra/Errani

-Backhand volley: Venus/Serena/Aga/Petra/Errani

- Smash: Venus/Serena

- Lob: Caroline

-Drop-shot: Tough one... Oprandi maybe?

-Slice: Vinci

-Movement: Aga

-Footwork: Aga

-Stamina: Caroline/Aga

-Mental strength: Errani

madmax
Dec 10th, 2012, 06:31 PM
-Forehand CC Sharapova (she is absolutely working these shots lately, especially on return)

-Forehand DTL Goerges :hearts:

-First Serve You know who

-Second Serve You know who

-Backhand CC Azarenka (with Maria being close second)

-Backhand DTL Azarenka

-Forehand volley Radwanska

-Backhand volley Kvitova

- Smash Stosur

- Lob Sharapova/Radwanska

-Drop-shot Radwanska

-Slice Vinci

-Movement Kerber

-Footwork Azarenka

-Stamina Radwanska

-Mental strength. You knw who

seems about legit to me

MrProdigy555
Dec 10th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Where is the inside out backhand and inside out forehand?!

The Dawntreader
Dec 10th, 2012, 08:04 PM
Where is the inside out backhand and inside out forehand?!

Would you like me to add them in?

Coconut91
Dec 10th, 2012, 08:08 PM
Would you like me to add them in?

You forgot the return of serve! ;)

TennisPhan
Dec 10th, 2012, 08:16 PM
-Forehand CC: Serena

-Forehand DTL: Serena

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Serena

-Backhand CC: Serena

-Backhand DTL: Serena

-Forehand volley: Serena

-Backhand volley: Serena

- Smash: Serena

- Lob: Agnieszka

-Drop-shot: Agnieszka

-Slice: Agnieszka

-Movement: Serena

-Footwork: Serena

-Stamina: Agnieszka

-Mental strength: Serena

The Dawntreader
Dec 10th, 2012, 08:17 PM
You forgot the return of serve! ;)

Oh crap.

Rectified!

Stonerpova
Dec 10th, 2012, 08:31 PM
Inside out backhand is definitely Serena. A lot of players have really good inside out forehands so that one's tougher. I'm going with Ivanovic because I'm a sap. If I was a logical human being I'd probably pick Serena or maybe Stosur.

danieln1
Dec 10th, 2012, 08:39 PM
-Forehand CC: Ivanovic, second Kvitova

-Forehand DTL: Ivanovic, second Kvitova

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Serena

-Backhand CC: Sharapova

-Backhand DTL: Serena

-Return of serve: Azarenka

-Inside out forehand: Ivanovic

-Inside out backhand: Serena or Kvitova :oh:

-Drive Volley: Sharapova

-Forehand volley: Vinci

-Backhand volley: Vinci

- Smash: Serena

- Lob: Radwanska

-Drop-shot: Radwanska

-Slice: Vinci

-Movement: Radwanska tied Caro

-Footwork: Caro

-Stamina: Caro

-Mental strength: Serena


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Sammo
Dec 10th, 2012, 08:39 PM
-Forehand CC: Kvitova

-Forehand DTL: Serena

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Stosur

-Backhand CC: Serena

-Backhand DTL: Serena

-Return of serve: Azarenka

-Inside out forehand: Stosur

-Inside out backhand: ? Serena?

-Drive Volley: Sharapova or Venus or Ivanovic

-Forehand volley: ? I don't know, hard to say

-Backhand volley: ?

- Smash: Sam when playing well

- Lob: hmmmm... can't really say someone... Radwanska I guess

-Drop-shot: Radwanska

-Slice: Stosur, her slice backhand is by far the best of them

-Movement: Kerber

-Footwork: Hantuchova

-Stamina: Hantuchova, I've never ever seen her exhausted, she's just one of the fittest players on the tour

-Mental strength: Hantu... :lol::spit: No, Serena obviously

TennisPhan
Dec 10th, 2012, 08:48 PM
-Forehand CC: Ivanovic, second Kvitova

-Forehand DTL: Ivanovic, second Kvitova

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Serena

-Backhand CC: Sharapova

-Backhand DTL: Serena

-Return of serve: Azarenka

-Inside out forehand: Ivanovic

-Inside out backhand: Serena or Kvitova :oh:

-Drive Volley: Sharapova

-Forehand volley: Vinci

-Backhand volley: Vinci

- Smash: Serena

- Lob: Radwanska

-Drop-shot: Radwanska

-Slice: Vinci

-Movement: Radwanska tied Caro

-Footwork: Caro

-Stamina: Caro

-Mental strength: Serena


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someone really loves vinci, who is she anyway

histery
Dec 10th, 2012, 09:32 PM
-Forehand CC: Ana Ivanovic

-Forehand DTL: Serena Williams

-First Serve:Serena Williams

-Second Serve:Serena Williams

-Backhand CC: Victoria Azarenka

-Backhand DTL: Jelena Jankovic

-Return of serve: Victoria Azarenka

-Inside out forehand: Ana Ivanovic

-Inside out backhand: Venus Williams

-Drive Volley: Venus Williams

-Forehand volley: Venus Williams

-Backhand volley: Roberta Vinci

- Smash: Venus Williams

- Lob: Angelique Kerber

-Drop-shot: Sara Errani

-Slice: Roberta Vinci

-Movement: Caroline Wozniacki

-Footwork: Victoria Azarenka

-Stamina: Angelique Kerber

-Mental strength.:Maria Sharapova

danieln1
Dec 10th, 2012, 09:33 PM
someone really loves vinci, who is she anyway

Some italian player :oh:

sweetadri06
Dec 10th, 2012, 10:43 PM
Forehand CC- Serena

-Forehand DTL-Serena; honorable mention to Ivanovic

-First Serve-Serena

-Second Serve-Serena

-Backhand CC-Maria

-Backhand DTL-Jankovic

-Return of serve-Azarenka; with honorable mention to Maria, Serena

-Inside out forehand-Ivanovic

-Inside out backhand--Venus

-Drive Volley-Venus

-Forehand volley-Venus

-Backhand volley-Venus

- Smash-Serena

- Lob-Radwanska

-Drop-shot-Radwanska

-Slice-Vinci

-Movement-Caroline; with honorable mention to Radwanska

-Footwork-Azarenka

-Stamina-Serena; with honorable mention to Caroline

-Mental strength.-Serena with honorable mention to Maria

lenas warriors
Dec 10th, 2012, 10:53 PM
-Forehand CC: Kvitova

-Forehand DTL: Kerber

-First Serve: Lucie Hradecka

-Second Serve: Serena Williams

-Backhand CC: Azarenka

-Backhand DTL: Zvonareva?!

-Return of serve: Azarenka

-Inside out forehand: Stosur

-Inside out backhand: Maria S?!

-Drive Volley: Azarenka

-Forehand volley: Maria K?!

-Backhand volley: Serena?!

- Smash: Venus

- Lob: Radwanska

-Drop-shot: Hantuchova

-Slice: Kvitova

-Movement: Kerber

-Footwork: Kerber

-Stamina: Kimiko Date considering the age she is playing at!

-Mental strength: Serena (since the FO)

lenas warriors
Dec 10th, 2012, 10:57 PM
-Forehand CC: Serena

-Forehand DTL: Serena

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Serena

-Backhand CC: Serena

-Backhand DTL: Serena

-Forehand volley: Serena

-Backhand volley: Serena

- Smash: Serena

- Lob: Agnieszka

-Drop-shot: Agnieszka

-Slice: Agnieszka

-Movement: Serena

-Footwork: Serena

-Stamina: Agnieszka

-Mental strength: Serena

Er. If this was true Serena wouldnt have a lost a game in her entire career

RobinT83
Dec 10th, 2012, 11:13 PM
Forehand CC: Dushevina

Forehand DTL: Pironkova

First Serve: Cohen

Second Serve: Niculescu

Backhand CC: Stosur

Backhand DTL: Parmentier

Return Of Serve: Safarova

Inside Out Forehand: Wozniacki

Inside Out Backhand: Goerges

Drive Volley: Cornet

Forehand Volley: Keothavong

Smash: Cadantu

Lob: Rus

Drop Shot: Sharapova

Slice: Bartoli

Movement: Hradecka

Footwork: Pavlyuchenkova

Stamina: Kvitova

Mental Strength: Lisicki

Smart Tennis: Gajdosova

Layabout
Dec 10th, 2012, 11:17 PM
-Forehand CC - Kuznetsova
-Forehand DTL - Kuznetsova
-First Serve - Serena
-Second Serve - Serena
-Backhand CC - Serena/Venus
-Backhand DTL - Jankovic
-Return of serve - Serena/Vika
-Inside out forehand - Kuznetsova
-Inside out backhand - Serena/Venus
-Drive Volley - Sharapova
-Forehand volley - Venus
-Backhand volley - Venus
-Smash - Serena
-Lob - Aga Radwanska
-Drop-shot - Aga Radwanska
-Slice - Aga Radwanska...but really no ones slice is that impressive
-Movement - Serena
-Footwork - Serena
-Stamina - Serena
-Mental strength - Serena

Clearly picking Sveta for anything I'm talking about when she's playing well...on that rare occasion *keep the faith*

MrProdigy555
Dec 11th, 2012, 12:50 AM
-Forehand CC - Kuznetsova
-Forehand DTL - Kuznetsova
-First Serve - Serena
-Second Serve - Serena
-Backhand CC - Serena/Venus
-Backhand DTL - Jankovic
-Return of serve - Serena/Vika
-Inside out forehand - Kuznetsova
-Inside out backhand - Serena/Venus
-Drive Volley - Sharapova
-Forehand volley - Venus
-Backhand volley - Venus
-Smash - Serena
-Lob - Aga Radwanska
-Drop-shot - Aga Radwanska
-Slice - Aga Radwanska...but really no ones slice is that impressive
-Movement - Serena
-Footwork - Serena
-Stamina - Serena
-Mental strength - Serena

Clearly picking Sveta for anything I'm talking about when she's playing well...on that rare occasion *keep the faith*
CHILE(!!!!!) NOW I KNOW YOU DIDN'T PUT SERENA DOWN FOR "BEST FOOTWORK"(!!!!) :lol:

Andy.
Dec 11th, 2012, 01:01 AM
-Forehand CC: Serena

-Forehand DTL: Serena

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Serena (Honorable mention to Stosor)

-Backhand CC: Sharapova (Honarable mention to Azarenka)

-Backhand DTL: Azareanka

-Return of serve: Azarenka (Honorable mentions to Serena and Sharapova)

-Inside out forehand: Serena (Honorable mentions to Ivanovic and Sharapova)

-Inside out backhand: Serena??? (Maybe also Masha, Venus and Vika???)

-Drive Volley: Sharapova (Honorable mention to Venus)

-Forehand volley: No idea (Dont really pay attention to this)

-Backhand volley: No idea (Dont really pay attention to this)

- Smash: Venus

- Lob: No idea (Dont really pay attention to this)

-Drop-shot: Radwanska???

-Slice: No idea (Dont really pay attention to this)

-Movement: Kerber/Wozniaki/Randwanksa???

-Footwork: No idea (Dont really pay attention to this)

-Stamina: Serena/Masha

-Mental strength: Serena (Honorable mentions to Sharapova and Azarenka)

MrProdigy555
Dec 11th, 2012, 01:02 AM
-Forehand CC: Serena

-Forehand DTL: Serena

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Serena

-Backhand CC: Azarenka

-Backhand DTL: Li Na

-Return of serve: Azarenka

-Inside out forehand: Kuznetsova

-Inside out backhand: Serena

-Drive Volley: Sharapova

-Forehand volley: Kvitova/Stosur/Errani

-Backhand volley: Kvitova

- Smash: Serena

- Lob: Radwanska Clijsters

-Drop-shot: Hmmm...*I'll go with Radwanska. That is her favorite shot, right? :lol:

-Slice: Kvitova

-Movement: Kerber/Errani (Serena when she wants)

-Footwork: Li Na (when playing well)

-Stamina: Errani/Wozniacki (they have to :lol:)

-Mental strength: Serena

Pump-it-UP
Dec 11th, 2012, 01:32 AM
-Forehand CC: Serena

-Forehand DTL: Serena (would have actually said Kvitova 12 months ago)

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Serena

-Backhand CC: Azarenka/Sharapova/Li

-Backhand DTL: Venus/Sharapova

-Return of serve: Azarenka

-Inside out forehand: Stosur

-Inside out backhand: Serena

-Drive Volley: Venus

-Forehand volley: Venus

-Backhand volley: Vinci

-Smash: Serena

-Lob: Radwanska

-Drop-shot: Radwanska

-Slice: Vinci

-Movement: Radwanska

-Footwork: Errani

-Stamina: Stosur/Serena/Sharapova/Li

-Mental strength: Serena

Layabout
Dec 11th, 2012, 01:55 AM
CHILE(!!!!!) NOW I KNOW YOU DIDN'T PUT SERENA DOWN FOR "BEST FOOTWORK"(!!!!) :lol:

Totally.

zVO2I0A-joE

MrProdigy555
Dec 11th, 2012, 01:59 AM
Totally.

zVO2I0A-joE
:lol: !!!! touche, bitch. Touche.

Harry.
Dec 11th, 2012, 03:37 AM
-Forehand CC : Kvitova

-Forehand DTL : Serena

-First Serve : Serena

-Second Serve : Serena/Stosur

-Backhand CC : Azarenka/Paszek/Li/Sharapova

-Backhand DTL : Jankovic

-Return of serve : Serena is the best aggressive returner out there. Jankovic at her prime was amazing. Azarenka is an awesome returner as well.

-Inside out forehand : Ivanovic :hearts:

-Inside out backhand : Serena

-Drive Volley : Sharapova

-Forehand volley : Hsieh? :oh: Errani tbh.

-Backhand volley : Vinci/Schiavone

- Smash : Jankovic

- Lob : Sharapova/Radwanska

-Drop-shot : Radwanska/Vinci

-Slice : Vinci

-Movement : Peak Jankovic or Peak Venus. But I'd have to go with Serena now.

-Footwork : Cibulkova, Kerber

-Stamina : Wozniacki

-Mental strength : Sharapova/Serena

blackandblue
Dec 11th, 2012, 04:42 AM
Serena's CC forehand is the best shot in women's tennis when clicking.

Aryman3
Dec 11th, 2012, 05:37 AM
Aga is clearly top 10 as regards: forehand, return, inside out forehand, both volleys, lob, drop-shot, slice, movement, footwork, stamina and mental strangth - not bad
And leaders
forehand- Serena
1 serve - Petrova
2 serve - Serena
backhand - Venus, Azarenka
return - Serena, Azarenka, Sharapova
Inside out f - Aga, Kuzzy
" " B - Serena?
Volleys - Stosur, Kvitova
smash - Petrova, Goerges
lob - Aga, Cetkovska, Vinci
drobshot - Errani
slice - Aga, Vinci
movement - Cibulkova, Aga
footwork - Errani, Aga
stamina - Sharapova
mental strength - Serena

Craig.
Dec 11th, 2012, 05:41 AM
-Lob : Sharapova/Radwanska


I love that you posted this because I've always thought that Maria's lob is one of the most underrated shots in tennis.

Dominic
Dec 11th, 2012, 06:04 AM
I love that you posted this because I've always thought that Maria's lob is one of the most underrated shots in tennis.

Agreed it's easily top 3 and she is the best at pulling it off when she has like no reaction time and it looks like it's hopeless.

Singleniacki
Dec 11th, 2012, 07:03 AM
-Forehand CC - Ivanovic

-Forehand DTL - Kvitova

-First Serve - Serena

-Second Serve - Stosur

-Backhand CC - Azarenka

-Backhand DTL - Jankovic

-Return of serve - Azarenka

-Inside out forehand - Ivanovic

-Inside out backhand - ?

-Drive Volley - Sharapova

-Forehand volley - Venus (most of the time :lol:)

-Backhand volley - Vinci

- Smash - Bartoli (looks like a strange pic, but has the best bounce smash in the game)

- Lob - ?

-Drop-shot - Hsieh

-Slice - Niculescu

-Movement - Shvedova

-Footwork - ?

-Stamina - Wozniacki

-Mental strength - Serena

Miss Amor
Dec 11th, 2012, 09:34 AM
Forehand CC - Serena. Although this shot was somewhat MIA during Wimbledon

Forehand DTL - Serena. Because of her core strength and superior timing, she is able to change the direction and move it DTL better than any other player. I am becoming quite partial to Azarenka's on the run fh dtl these days. She has improved it quite a bit.

First Serve - Serena. No one even comes close to her. Just look at the aces and service points won record for this year. And she only started getting her serve going half way through the season.

Second Serve - Serena. Stosur has a kicker, but thats it. Serena can get some nasty slices, kickers and even flatten out her second serve.

Backhand CC - Consistently - Azarenka. When playing well - Kvitova, Sharapova - their best shot. Both use their height well and get great angles on it, Martha is better when returning with her BH CC while Kvitova is better at just exploding with it.

Backhand DTL - Consistently - Azarenka. When Playing well - Serena. When she is playing well, she leans into this shot changing direction at will, from ridiculous positions, returns etc. If her BH DTL is working, that means she is stepping into the court and it might as well be GSM

Return of serve - Azarenka. By far the most consistent returner on tour. Serena is the most explosive but not as consistent. Although the last return game of the YEC was :drool:

Inside out forehand - Stosur

Inside out backhand - Serena. AFAIK she is one of the very few people who even attempts this ? Wozniacki does it some times as well as Paszek and Timea.

Drive Volley - Sharapova

Forehand volley - Venus

Backhand volley - Vinci

Smash - Serena - her climbing the ladder smash is legendary. Leaves everyone singing praise of her athleticism

Lob - Radwanska

Drop-shot - Radwanska

Slice - Vinci

Movement - Kerber

Footwork - Errani

Stamina - Sharapova

Mental strength - Serena

Smitten
Dec 11th, 2012, 11:23 AM
Not Serena winning FHDTL on all these lists (her weakest groundstroke) but not winning FHCC on some. :lmao:

FHCC: Serena
FHDTL: Kvitova
FIRST: Serena
SECOND: Serena
BHCC: Sharapova
BHDTL: Borz
RETURN: Azarenka
I-IFH: Kvitova
I-IBH: Serena
SW VOLLEY: Venus
FH VOLLEY: Petrova
BH VOLLEY: Vinci
SMASH: Serena
LOB: Zvonareva
DROP: Errani
SLICE: Stosur(?).. hard to say.
MOVEMENT: Errani
FOOTWORK: Li
STAMINA: Kerber
MENTAL: Serena

Big_Banana
Dec 11th, 2012, 12:17 PM
Na's BH is too much underrated

Cosmic Voices
Dec 11th, 2012, 01:23 PM
- Forehand CC: Ana Ivanovic

- Forehand DTL: Sam Stosur

- First Serve: Serena Williams

- Second Serve: Serena Williams/Maria Sharapova

- Backhand CC: Maria Sharapova/Li Na

- Backhand DTL: Victoria Azarenka

- Return of serve: Victoria Azarenka

- Inside out forehand: Petra Kvitova

- Inside out backhand: Maria Sharapova

- Drive Volley: Maria Sharapova

- Forehand volley: Sara Errani

- Backhand volley: Roberta Vinci

- Smash: Venus Williams

- Lob: Maria Sharapova

- Drop-shot: Agnieska Radwanska

- Slice: Sam Stosur

- Movement: Angelique Kerber

- Footwork: Victoria Azarenka

- Stamina: Maria Sharapova

- Mental strength: Maria Sharapova

YES I KNOW - I've picked a lot of options for Masha - but I watch a bigger percentage of her matches all year in comparison to other players so I'm probably biased.

MrProdigy555
Dec 12th, 2012, 01:41 AM
- Forehand CC: Ana Ivanovic

- Forehand DTL: Sam Stosur

- First Serve: Serena Williams

- Second Serve: Serena Williams/Maria Sharapova

- Backhand CC: Maria Sharapova/Li Na

- Backhand DTL: Victoria Azarenka

- Return of serve: Victoria Azarenka

- Inside out forehand: Petra Kvitova

- Inside out backhand: Maria Sharapova

- Drive Volley: Maria Sharapova

- Forehand volley: Sara Errani

- Backhand volley: Roberta Vinci

- Smash: Venus Williams

- Lob: Maria Sharapova

- Drop-shot: Agnieska Radwanska

- Slice: Sam Stosur

- Movement: Angelique Kerber

- Footwork: Victoria Azarenka

- Stamina: Maria Sharapova

- Mental strength: Maria Sharapova

YES I KNOW - I've picked a lot of options for Masha - but I watch a bigger percentage of her matches all year in comparison to other players so I'm probably biased.
Not probably. :lol:

*we're all at least a little biased, so no worries. :)

MrProdigy555
Dec 12th, 2012, 01:44 AM
I can't with y'all putting Stosur's slice as the best slice in the WTA. That's sad. :help:

That was the reason she lost at Wimbledon(?), IIRC. Especially her backhand slice, it looked so awkward and just allowed Cirstea(?) to unload on it. :unsure:

Lord Choc Ice
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:14 AM
I have a question...is Vinci's slice really the best slice or is it easier to put her just 'cause she does it so often??

Lord Choc Ice
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:15 AM
I can't with y'all putting Stosur's slice as the best slice in the WTA. That's sad. :help:

That was the reason she lost at Wimbledon(?), IIRC. Especially her backhand slice, it looked so awkward and just allowed Cirstea(?) to unload on it. :unsure:
Rus :oh:. Bagelled her in second but still lost :sobbing:.

MrProdigy555
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:34 AM
Rus :oh:. Bagelled her in second but still lost :sobbing:.
Then I'm thinking of the Olympics? :lol:

Either way, it's not the best slice, it's a problemmmmmm. :p

SilverSlam
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:37 AM
People picking Masha for best swinging volley! :hysteric:

From 04-08 yes. Since then HELL NO! I like Vika's more. She makes them more often and they don't get returned as often either.

Reptilia
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:39 AM
Agreed. Maria's swingvolleys this year (especially the latter half) were woeful :tears:

Stonerpova
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:41 AM
People picking Masha for best swinging volley! :hysteric:

From 04-08 yes. Since then HELL NO! I like Vika's more. She makes them more often and they don't get returned as often either.

The swing volleys themselves aren't the issue. It's her new obsession with hitting everything directly back to her opponent :lololololol: :explode:

MrProdigy555
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:43 AM
Agreed. Maria's swingvolleys this year (especially the latter half) were woeful :tears:
I naturally assumed we were taking the shots from each player if they were actually executing it well. Venus wouldn't be on the list if this logic wasn't applied. :hysteric:

Stonerpova
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:44 AM
I naturally assumed we were taking the shots from each player if they were actually executing it well. Venus wouldn't be on the list if this logic wasn't applied. :hysteric:

That's what I thought, too, considering I put Ivanovic on my list :lol:

When Maria's confident her swing volleys are the best on tour IMO.

Layabout
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:46 AM
I have a question...is Vinci's slice really the best slice or is it easier to put her just 'cause she does it so often??

I'd go for the latter.

Best slice should go to Graf as an honorary award, there isn't a great slice on tour IMO

KDUOxgZamVs

SilverSlam
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:46 AM
Okay when's she confident no one hits them better I'll agree on that.

So Masha (honorable mention to Demon Spawn Vichka)

Brad[le]y.
Dec 12th, 2012, 02:50 AM
I can't with y'all putting Stosur's slice as the best slice in the WTA. That's sad. :help:

That was the reason she lost at Wimbledon(?), IIRC. Especially her backhand slice, it looked so awkward and just allowed Cirstea(?) to unload on it. :unsure:

she lost to Rus at Wimbledon, but lost to Cirstea in Melbourne. I remember her slices were like chips barely going over the net at the AO :lol:

Cajka
Dec 12th, 2012, 03:05 AM
there isn't a great slice on tour IMO


Aga's slice is pretty effective on grass IMO. :shrug:

Stonerpova
Dec 12th, 2012, 03:06 AM
I'd go for the latter.

Best slice should go to Graf as an honorary award, there isn't a great slice on tour IMO

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Kerber's are pretty good :shrug:

Singleniacki
Dec 12th, 2012, 07:11 AM
Bitches please. Niculescu has the best slices, its the only reason she wins matches she pretty much cant do much else.

celina29
Dec 12th, 2012, 08:09 AM
-Forehand CC: Serena

-Forehand DTL: Petra

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Stosur

-Backhand CC: Petra

-Backhand DTL: Serena

-Forehand volley: Radwanska

-Backhand volley: Venus

- Smash: Serena

- Lob: Agnieszka

-Drop-shot: Radwanska

-Slice: Vinci

-Movement: Kerber

-Footwork: Victoria Azarenka

-Stamina: Caroline

-Mental strength: Serena

The Witch-king
Dec 12th, 2012, 08:17 AM
That's what I thought, too, considering I put Ivanovic on my list :lol:

When Maria's confident her swing volleys are the best on tour IMO.

lol, no.

MegaDethly
Dec 12th, 2012, 11:52 AM
someone really loves vinci, who is she anyway

You're one to talk.

Renalicious
Dec 12th, 2012, 12:43 PM
-Forehand CC: Kvitova

-Forehand DTL: Ivanovic

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Serena

-Backhand CC: Serena

-Backhand DTL: Serena

-Return of serve: Azarenka

-Inside out forehand: Ivanovic

-Inside out backhand: Jankovic

-Drive Volley: Sharapova

-Forehand volley: Vinci

-Backhand volley: Vinci

- Smash: Serena

- Lob: Radwanska

-Drop-shot: Radwanska

-Slice: Radwanska

-Movement: Kerber

-Footwork: Azarenka

-Stamina: Kerber

-Mental strength: Serena

Alejandrawrrr
Dec 12th, 2012, 01:52 PM
Second Serve - Serena. Stosur has a kicker, but thats it. Serena can get some nasty slices, kickers and even flatten out her second serve.
This, I think a lot of people must be putting Stosur just to balance out their lists or something :lol: how can a shot be the best if it is absolutely taken apart by any 6'0+ player(Vika, Venus, Petra, Sharapova being more than enough to be a roadblock on any surface,) and even as a non-six footer(Serena) showed us at Charleston just taking it early is enough to completely neutralize it. Serena clearly has the best first and second serve.


- Second Serve: Serena Williams/Maria Sharapova

http://i46.tinypic.com/14abz48.jpg

Steven.
Dec 12th, 2012, 07:16 PM
- Forehand CC: Kvitova (reliable and deadly even when her game is off)

- Forehand DTL: Venus (utilizes it more regularly than most big hitters and has options to follow it up)

- First Serve: Serena (greatest serve of all time)

- Second Serve: Serena (Stosur doesn't even come close because of her lack of variety. Maria's second serve is better than Sam's tbh)

- Backhand CC: Sharapova (rarely ever loses cc bh rallies; very deep and heavy, and consistently paints the lines)

- Backhand DTL: Venus (again, utilizes it more regularly than most players and to great success)

- Return of serve: Azarenka (consistent unlike Serena and Maria)

- Inside out forehand: Ivanovic (can flatten it out unlike Stosur, and much more aesthetically pleasing too)

- Inside out backhand: Serena (Venus is a close second)

- Drive Volley: Sharapova

- Forehand volley: Venus (her reach is unmatched)

- Backhand volley: Vinci (incredible control and has a lot of variety to boot)

- Smash: Stosur (probably the only top player who can actually consistently deliver a good backhand smash)

- Lob: Radwanska (honourable mention goes to Lisicki, both are probably the few players who are comfortable at lobbing from all areas of the court whether from the baseline or up at the net)

- Drop-shot: Radwanska

- Slice: Niculescu (nobody junkballs as well as Monica)

- Movement: Jankovic (with Clijsters retired, who else can straddle on all surfaces?

- Footwork: Sharapova (how often can you catch her off balance?)

- Stamina: Sharapova

- Mental strength: Serena

AndreConrad
Dec 12th, 2012, 08:26 PM
-Forehand CC: Kvitova

-Forehand DTL: Kvitova

-First Serve: Serena

-Second Serve: Stosur

-Backhand CC: Azarenka

-Backhand DTL: Serena

-Return of serve: Azarenka

-Inside out forehand: Stosur (Sveta used to have an awesome one, but I haven't seen her in a while)

-Inside out backhand: Serena

-Drive Volley: Sharapova

-Forehand volley: A. Radwanska

-Backhand volley: Vinci

- Smash: Serena

- Lob: A. Radwanska

-Drop-shot: A. Radwanska

-Slice: A. Radwanska

-Movement: Kerber

-Footwork: Errani

-Stamina: A. Radwanska

-Mental strength.: Na Li (this was a tough one because all of the girls fall apart at times, but I think Na doesn't. She is just an error machine at times, but not due to mental weakness)

Wert.
Dec 12th, 2012, 08:36 PM
Mental strength is called a shot nowadays? :p

The Dawntreader
Dec 12th, 2012, 08:40 PM
Mental strength is called a shot nowadays? :p

It's a facet. Shush.

Lord Choc Ice
Dec 15th, 2012, 12:35 AM
Surprised people are still saying Vee for down the line backhand. She rarely hits it now and when she does it doesn't have much angle like the good old days and isn't even very close to the line. Before wrist operation and at her best it would definitely win the battle. Still there has been the odd time post-surgery where it's still been pretty good.

VzbailDwaj4

MashaAzarenka
Dec 15th, 2012, 02:47 AM
-Forehand CC Ivanovic

-Forehand DTL Serena

-First Serve Serena

-Second Serve Stosur

-Backhand CC Sharapova

-Backhand DTL Azarenka

-Return of serve Azarenka

-Inside out forehand Stosur

-Inside out backhand Serena

-Drive Volley Venus

-Forehand volley Radwanska

-Backhand volley Venus

- Smash Serena

- Lob Radwanska

-Drop-shot Lisicki

-Slice Vinci

-Movement Wozniacki

-Footwork Radwanska

-Stamina Radwanska

-Mental strength Sharapova

The Dawntreader
Dec 15th, 2012, 02:51 AM
Surprised people are still saying Vee for down the line backhand. She rarely hits it now and when she does it doesn't have much angle like the good old days and isn't even very close to the line. Before wrist operation and at her best it would definitely win the battle. Still there has been the odd time post-surgery where it's still been pretty good.

VzbailDwaj4

I actually think she's been hitting her backhand with much more conviction this year. She seems to be hitting with a less pronounced open-stance than in '07-'11, and generally the shot looks more fluid, with greater disguise and and timing resembling how her backhand used to be struck.

She was hitting some absolute screamers at the Olympics and vs Errani in Cincinnati.

bandabou
Dec 15th, 2012, 04:47 PM
Mental strength is called a shot nowadays? :p

Is a stamina a shot nowadays?! :shrug:

ZeroSumGame
Dec 15th, 2012, 05:54 PM
Legit ? but str8 4ward answer: BEST PLAYER ON TOUR POSSESSES THE ENTIRE ARSENAL OF SHOTS :worship:

NOW close the thread as its clearly turned into a troll-fest :eek:

pancake
Dec 15th, 2012, 07:39 PM
Kvitova's slices are pretty good imo.