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Setsuna.
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:07 PM
Updated. This list isn't 100% accurate but I tried my best to make it much more accurate than the pervious list I made.


1 Serena Williams - Forehand
2 Vika Azarenka - Backhand
3 Maria Sharapova - Backhand
4 Agnieszka Radwanska - Forehand
5 Sara Errani - Forehand
6 Na Li - Backhand
7 Angelique Kerber - Forehand
8 Petra Kvitova - Forehand
9 Caroline Wozniacki - Backhand
10 Maria Kirilenko - Backhand
11 Roberta Vinci - Forehand
12 Ana Ivanovic - Forehand
13 Nadia Petrova - Backhand
14 Samantha Stosur - Forehand
15 Marion Bartoli - Backhand
16 Jelena Jankovic - Backhand
17 Sloane Stephens - Forehand
18 Dominika Cibulkova - Forehand
19 Carla Suarez Navarro - Backhand
20 Kirsten Flipkens - Forehand
21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - Forehand
22 Ekaterina Makarova - Backhand
23 Alize Cornet - Backhand
24 Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea - Forehand
25 Shuai Peng - Backhand
26 Sabine Lisicki - Forehand
27 Svetlana Kuznetsova - Forehand
28 Varvara Lepchenko - Forehand
29 Tamira Paszek - Backhand
30 Lucie Safarova - Forehand
31 Mona Barthel - Backhand
32 Romina Oprandi - Forehand
33 Klara (Koukalova) Zakopalova - Forehand
34 Elena Vesnina - Backhand
35 Venus Williams - Backhand
36 Julia Goerges - Forehand
37 Laura Robson - Forehand
38 Urszula Radwanska - Backhand
39 Kristina Mladenovic - Forehand
40 Bojana Jovanovski - Forehand
41 Jie Zheng - Backhand
42 Jamie Hampton - Forehand
43 Yanina Wickmayer - Forehand
44 Su-Wei Hsieh - Backhand
45 Francesca Schiavone - Forehand
46 Kaia Kanepi - Forehand
47 Magdalena Rybarikova - Forehand
48 Monica Niculescu - Backhand
49 Ayumi Morita - Backhand
50 Lourdes Dominguez-Lino - Forehand
51 Stefanie Voegele - Backhand
52 Yaroslava Shvedova - Backhand
53 Madison Keys - Backhand
54 Heather Watson - Backhand
55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands - Forehand
56 Annika Beck - Backhand
57 Irina-Camelia Begu - Backhand
58 Simona Halep - Backhand
59 Kiki Bertens - Forehand
60 Daniela Hantuchova - Backhand
61 Johanna Jenny Larsson - Forehand
62 Jana Cepelova - Forehand
63 Christina McHale - Forehand
64 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor - Forehand
65 Mallory Burdette - Backhand
66 Monica Puig - Backhand
67 Tsvetana Pironkova - Backhand
68 Eugenie Bouchard - Forehand
69 Chanelle Scheepers - Backhand
70 Garbine Muguruza - Forehand
71 Marina Erakovic - Forehand
72 Olga Govortsova - Forehand
73 Silvia Soler-Espinosa - Forehand
74 Karolina Pliskova - Backhand
75 Sofia Arvidsson - Backhand
76 Lesia Tsurenko - Backhand
77 Mandy Minella - Forehand
78 Anna Tatishvili - Backhand
79 Paula Ormaechea - Forehand
80 Lara Arruabarrena - Forehand
81 Elina Svitolina - Forehand
82 Anabel Medina Garrigues - Forehand
83 Melanie Oudin - Forehand
84 Kimiko Date-Krumm - Forehand
85 Alexandra Cadantu - Forehand
86 Olga Puchkova - Backhand
87 Misaki Doi - Forehand
88 Lauren Davis - Backhand
89 Donna Vekic - Forehand
90 Lucie Hradecka - Backhand
91 Yulia Putintseva - Forehand
92 Camila Giorgi - Forehand
93 Andrea Hlavackova - Forehand
94 Galina Voskoboeva - Forehand
95 Timea Babos - Backhand
96 Estrella Cabeza Candela - Forehand
97 Pauline Parmentier - Forehand
98 Vesna (Manasieva) Dolonts - Forehand
99 Caroline Garcia - Forehand
100 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni - Forehand

-(Better Forehand/Better Backhand)

In the top 10: (5/5)
In the top 20: (11/9)
In the top 30: (17/13)
In the top 40: (23/17)
In the top 50: (29/21)
In the top 60: (31/29)
In the top 70: (37/33)
In the top 80: (43/37)
In the top 90: (50/40)
In the top 100: (59/41)

So 59% of players in the top 100 have better FHs than BHs. 41% have better BHs than FHs.

Setsuna.
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:18 PM
I would change some if most agree on any particular change.

Curcubeu
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:20 PM
Cadantu - forehand and not even close

There are a lot of players, though, who have a wing you would call 'better' because they are able to produce more amazing shots with it, but it is usually the first one to break down or the one with a smaller margin for errors. So is Sorana's forehand for example who has days when you are lucky it's landing somewhere near the baseline while she can unleash some bombs with it as well. Her backhand is still the more consistent (never thought I'm using this word talking about her) of her wings.

I'm also not sure if Monica's slice is enough to make her forehand be better than her backhand. It was awful for most parts of the year.

tenisamulo
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:22 PM
21. Varvara Lepchenko - ???
I think Varvara's strength would be the forehand.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:29 PM
Serena goes through phases.

At Wimbledon and USO her BH was much better than her FH, but at the YEC her FH was performing better. Obviously she can generate more power on her FH, but footwork issues mean it goes off much often than her BH.

nevetssllim
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Hlavackova - definitely FH. :lol: Same with Panova.

Benesova has a nice CC BH but I'd say her FH DTL is her best shot. Sadly most of the time it's neither.

Rybarikova really doesn't have a better BH than FH. :p

Setsuna.
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:39 PM
Cadantu - forehand and not even close

There are a lot of players, though, who have a wing you would call 'better' because they are able to produce more amazing shots with it, but it is usually the first one to break down or the one with a smaller margin for errors. So is Sorana's forehand for example who has days when you are lucky it's landing somewhere near the baseline while she can unleash some bombs with it as well. Her backhand is still the more consistent (never thought I'm using this word talking about her) of her wings.

Agree with you here. That's why it's so diffcult to say which is the better wing for some players. I will change Sorana's better wing to the BH in my list since you watched her way more than me. :yeah:

I'm also not sure if Monica's slice is enough to make her forehand be better than her backhand. It was awful for most parts of the year.

I'm waiting for Shvedbarilescu's opinion on this. :p

TheDream
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:45 PM
I'm surprised at how many of the top players have better backhands. And it's not a marginally better shot. Maria and Azarenka's backhands are significantly better than their forehands.

Setsuna.
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:49 PM
I think Varvara's strength would be the forehand.

Thanks. I agree.

Hlavackova - definitely FH. :lol: Same with Panova.

Benesova has a nice CC BH but I'd say her FH DTL is her best shot. Sadly most of the time it's neither.

Thanks. I haven't seen Hlavackova play before so I didn't know her better wing. Maybe I saw her play just for a minute against some player but that's it. :lol:

So you think Benesova's FH is better. That was a diffcult one tbh and I couldn't determine her better wing. She is good on both wings when she is playing well. Mmmm I would change it to FH if 2 other posters agree with you. :p

Coconut91
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:56 PM
Cadantu - forehand and not even close

There are a lot of players, though, who have a wing you would call 'better' because they are able to produce more amazing shots with it, but it is usually the first one to break down or the one with a smaller margin for errors. So is Sorana's forehand for example who has days when you are lucky it's landing somewhere near the baseline while she can unleash some bombs with it as well. Her backhand is still the more consistent (never thought I'm using this word talking about her) of her wings.

I'm also not sure if Monica's slice is enough to make her forehand be better than her backhand. It was awful for most parts of the year.

That's true. Quite a few players produce most of their winners and flashy shots with their forehand, but they also produce their most awful, embarrassing errors with it. :lol: The backhand is usually the steadier and more reliable shot.

madmax
Dec 17th, 2012, 10:57 PM
I'm surprised at how many of the top players have better backhands. And it's not a marginally better shot. Maria and Azarenka's backhands are significantly better than their forehands.

this may be true if by "better" you mean the more stable wing, but the shot which does the most damage for Maria is by far her forehand. She won all of her big titles when her FH was firing and not breaking down. And I'd say these days this is the wing that wins her matches more often than not

Dominic
Dec 17th, 2012, 11:02 PM
I'd put forehand as Maria's and Venus' best wings. Maria, playing well, hits a gazillion winners off her forehand and she runs around her backhand very often. Venus has had a better fh for years. I'd also argue that Cirstea has a better forehand than backhand.

nevetssllim
Dec 17th, 2012, 11:08 PM
So you think Benesova's FH is better. That was a diffcult one tbh and I couldn't determine her better wing. She is good on both wings when she is playing well. Mmmm I would change it to FH if 2 other posters agree with you. :p

TBH I wouldn't say there's much in it. Both of them can be good but I think Iveta's FH has a few more dimensions while she generally plays the BH cross-court.

The Dawntreader
Dec 17th, 2012, 11:14 PM
TBH I wouldn't say there's much in it. Both of them can be good but I think Iveta's FH has a few more dimensions while she generally plays the BH cross-court.

Benesova's grip is rather rigid on her BH too, and thus the stroke is less fluid. Benseova's forehand is a more unrestrained shot. Much better stroke production.

I would actually argue that Serena's backhand at it's fundamental, technical state is better than her forehand. On the forehand, Serena can snatch at the ball, and tends to drag her upper body across too much, and her contact points gets distorted. Plus, she doesn't move her feet as consistently well into the FH, unlike the BH where she always maintains a solid base, terrific shoulder-turn, hip rotation etc, etc.

Barktra
Dec 17th, 2012, 11:16 PM
Nadia's forehand sucks and her backhand is world class so her backhand ;)

Barktra
Dec 17th, 2012, 11:24 PM
And Vania's backhand is better IMO

GoLdEnSeToV
Dec 17th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Govortsova forehand

iPatty
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:21 AM
A few ones I would change...

Kerber - Backhand
Kirilenko - Backhand
Vinci - Forehand (why would you ever say backhand for her?)
Schiavone - Forehand
Pennetta - Backhand
Medina Garrigues - Forehand
Begu - Backhand
Govortsova - Forehand
Niculescu - Backhand (she doesn't have a forehand...)
Scheepers - Backhand
Hampton - Forehand
Chang - Forehand
Voegele - Backhand
Davis - Backhand (1000% sure as you would say)
Torro-Flor - Forehand
Daniilidou - Forehand

Barktra
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:28 AM
I would say both for Petra. Both can be deadly and give her free points, other times both can be shit and can't find the court.

chingching
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:33 AM
IMO nearly all are right except:
Serena, Aga, Kiri, Hsieh, Cirstea, Barthel, Pennetta, Tatishvili, Flipkens, Niculescu, Rus, Benesova and KDK :)

Setsuna.
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:55 AM
A few ones I would change...

Kerber - Backhand
Kirilenko - Backhand
Vinci - Forehand (why would you ever say backhand for her?)
Schiavone - Forehand
Pennetta - Backhand
Medina Garrigues - Forehand
Begu - Backhand
Govortsova - Forehand
Niculescu - Backhand (she doesn't have a forehand...)
Scheepers - Backhand
Hampton - Forehand
Chang - Forehand
Voegele - Backhand
Davis - Backhand (1000% sure as you would say)
Torro-Flor - Forehand
Daniilidou - Forehand

Thanks.

I will change those. TBH I only saw one match for Vinci and the only thing I remembered was her defence on the BH side. I was impressed with her BH slice in that match vs Shvedova in USO. Didn't know her BH slice was that good but yeah, I guess her FH is indeed the better shot. She can attack with it at least unike the BH.

About Niculescu, she wins some matches thanks to her slice FH but I will change it since most agree her BH is better.

About Davis. I saw just one match of her vs Barthel in RG this year and I tried my best to forget that match.:lol: I thought her FH was better for some reason but I will change it anyway. Thanks.

Would like to know why you think Kerber's BH is better than her FH?

Setsuna.
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:58 AM
What's Aga's better wing? I was a bit confused with this but choosed her FH only beacuse she can be more aggressive with it.

Setsuna.
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:08 AM
TBH I wouldn't say there's much in it. Both of them can be good but I think Iveta's FH has a few more dimensions while she generally plays the BH cross-court.

Benesova's grip is rather rigid on her BH too, and thus the stroke is less fluid. Benseova's forehand is a more unrestrained shot. Much better stroke production.

Will change it to FH.

Nadia's forehand sucks and her backhand is world class so her backhand ;)

:lol:

Dominic
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:34 AM
A few ones I would change...

Kerber - Backhand


I agree with a lot of what you said but Kerber's forehand is much better than her backhand.

Dominic
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:36 AM
What's Aga's better wing? I was a bit confused with this but choosed her FH only beacuse she can be more aggressive with it.

I agree with you, her fh is better.

AYUMI-GOAT
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:37 AM
Ahmad, you must have been bored :spit:

Setsuna.
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:38 AM
IMO nearly all are right except:
Serena, Aga, Kiri, Hsieh, Cirstea, Barthel, Pennetta, Tatishvili, Flipkens, Niculescu, Rus, Benesova and KDK :)

No way Mona's FH is better than her BH. You are probably the only one who think her FH is better. Her BH is world class. Can't say the same about her FH. She can't defend at all with it. Her FH always breaks down first.

Vefci Y
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:40 AM
Li Na,I think her fh is better when she is on

Setsuna.
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:41 AM
Ahmad, you must have been bored :spit:

:sobbing:

Freak3yman84
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:43 AM
Navrat has the worst midcourt half swinging volley, but I think that might be irrevelant to this dicsusiion tho.

Jose.
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:56 AM
Arruabarrena-Vecino forehand ;)

Freak3yman84
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:57 AM
Arruabarrena-Vecino forehand ;)

Is that even a real landmark?

miffedmax
Dec 18th, 2012, 03:43 AM
73. Johanna Larsson - Forehand (1000% sure)



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2170/5801408433_b1ddb63b82.jpg

Nonsense! Look at that form!

faboozadoo15
Dec 18th, 2012, 04:02 AM
Isn't Aga's backhand much better than her forehand?

AYUMI-GOAT
Dec 18th, 2012, 04:03 AM
Isn't Aga's backhand much better than her forehand?

This.

Dominic
Dec 18th, 2012, 04:07 AM
Isn't Aga's backhand much better than her forehand?

Hmm how so? They're very similar in terms of consistency and the forehand is more agressive and hits more winners.

iPatty
Dec 18th, 2012, 04:54 AM
I agree with a lot of what you said but Kerber's forehand is much better than her backhand.

I wouldn't say much. I would say they're pretty equal but I give the nod to her backhand because she tends to decelerate and push her forehand a lot of the time while she constantly hits through her backhand. Not to mention I think she is much better defending off of the backhand wing. Just my two cents.

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2012, 12:28 PM
I wouldn't say much. I would say they're pretty equal but I give the nod to her backhand because she tends to decelerate and push her forehand a lot of the time while she constantly hits through her backhand. Not to mention I think she is much better defending off of the backhand wing. Just my two cents.
I think you're right but I'd still pick her FH, because up until this year, both of her strokes were horrendously useless when it came to dealing with moonballs (Wozniacki matches!). This year her FH has improved in the sense that she can attack more with it, not just on shorter balls, but also on loopier shots. That said, she's still hardly agressive, so it's just a minor difference IMO. And also her BH DTL on the run is very good so with her, I think it's a case of equally good strokes.

Patrick345
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:03 PM
I think you can make a case that Vika´s forehand is better than her backhand nowadays.

Petkorazzi
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:08 PM
Some of the choices in the list :unsure: Forehand for Watson, Cornet, Tatishvili, Hampton? :lol::spit:

And LDL :spit: she doesn't have a backhand.

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:17 PM
I think you can make a case that Vika´s forehand is better than her backhand nowadays.
Vika's BH was way better at the start of the season for sure. I was so disappointed in that shot during the US Open final, as if she didn't dare to hit through it. Her FH made up for it though, but it still failed her in the crucial stages of the match.

Setsuna.
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:22 PM
Some of the choices in the list :unsure: Forehand for Watson, Cornet, Tatishvili, Hampton? :lol::spit:

And LDL :spit: she doesn't have a backhand.

Give me a break. :lol: Yes some of them were obviously wrong I admit. :p I'm too lazy to watch some videos of LDL on youtube and the others. :o I don't even remember how LDL plays. Is she a moonballer/pusher?

I thought Cornet had a better FH. :scratch: I will ask some of her fans anyway. I will change Tatishvili to BH. You know her way more than me for sure and I only saw 1 or just 2 minutes of her playing.

I never saw Hampton play before but iPatty thinks Hampton has a better FH. :scratch:

nevetssllim
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:36 PM
I'd definitely say BH for Cornet. Her FH is a very innocuous shot at the best of times but she can at least generate a bit of pace on the BH.

The Dawntreader
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:38 PM
I'd definitely say BH for Cornet. Her FH is a very innocuous shot at the best of times but she can at least generate a bit of pace on the BH.

This. Cornet's FH is all spin and zero substance.

Setsuna.
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:45 PM
I think most would agree that Watson has a better FH.

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Petkorazzi
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Hampton's backhand was by far the better shot both times I have watched her :shrug:

Petkorazzi
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:49 PM
I think most would agree that Watson has a better FH.

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But this is a highlight reel :p Most of the time she can't generate anything from the forehand and she throws in the randomest of errors every so often while her backhand is rock-solid :)

If you follow this logic, check out the first set highlights of Pironkova vs Sharapova at Wimbly and you'd be tempted to put down forehand as Pironkova's better shot :p

Setsuna.
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:51 PM
I'd definitely say BH for Cornet. Her FH is a very innocuous shot at the best of times but she can at least generate a bit of pace on the BH.

This. Cornet's FH is all spin and zero substance.

Thanks guys. I will change it then. What do you think about these players? Just write their better wing in your opinion.

Agnieszka Radwanska
Su-Wei Hsieh
Jie Zheng
Francesca Schiavone
Flavia Pennetta
Irina-Camelia Begu
Vania King

Petkorazzi
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:55 PM
Radwanska - Backhand (though the difference between the two shots has minimized)
Hsieh is too weird to say, she literally doesn't even have a forehand to begin with :sobbing:
Begu- FH
King probably BH

miffedmax
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:57 PM
But this is a highlight reel :p Most of the time she can't generate anything from the forehand and she throws in the randomest of errors every so often while her backhand is rock-solid :)

If you follow this logic, check out the first set highlights of Pironkova vs Sharapova at Wimbly and you'd be tempted to put down forehand as Pironkova's better shot :p

Truly. I mean you can find footage of Larsson hitting a good...

oh, who am I kidding.

Dominic
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:02 PM
I wouldn't say much. I would say they're pretty equal but I give the nod to her backhand because she tends to decelerate and push her forehand a lot of the time while she constantly hits through her backhand. Not to mention I think she is much better defending off of the backhand wing. Just my two cents.

Hmm she might defend slightly better with her backhand but she hits about 80% of her winners or winning shots with her forehand.

Setsuna.
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:02 PM
Hampton's backhand was by far the better shot both times I have watched her :shrug:

Her BH is better indeed. She has a decent BH slice too. I will change it.

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The Dawntreader
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:04 PM
Thanks guys. I will change it then. What do you think about these players? Just write their better wing in your opinion.

Agnieszka Radwanska
Su-Wei Hsieh
Jie Zheng
Francesca Schiavone
Flavia Pennetta
Irina-Camelia Begu
Vania King

Radwanska- BH
Hsieh-BH
Zheng-BH
Schiavone- FH
Begu- BH
King- FH.

Jose.
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:07 PM
I also agree Cornet BH is better :yeah:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Dec 18th, 2012, 02:16 PM
I prefer Radwanska's FH to her BH these days. It has certainly come a long way in the past year. Same goes for Kerber (although I cringe everytime she hits any groundstroke).

Patrick345
Dec 18th, 2012, 03:15 PM
I wouldn't say much. I would say they're pretty equal but I give the nod to her backhand because she tends to decelerate and push her forehand a lot of the time while she constantly hits through her backhand. Not to mention I think she is much better defending off of the backhand wing. Just my two cents.

FH is the better wing defensively. Her ROS on the backhand and against topspin during rallies is horrendous, because it is only effective when played against flat shots and close to her body.

C. Drone
Dec 18th, 2012, 04:10 PM
Pavlyuchenkova - overall pretty equal. She can do whatever she wants.
Running FH bit better probably since her movement is really sloppy to her BH side.

Coconut91
Dec 18th, 2012, 06:09 PM
Pavlyuchenkova - overall pretty equal. She can do whatever she wants.
Running FH bit better probably since her movement is really sloppy to her BH side.

Yes, but I love it when she hits the lefty forehand. :hearts:

BTW, I don't even think she knows which is her better stroke. Sometimes she says backhand, sometimes she says forehand, sometimes she says both. lol

C. Drone
Dec 18th, 2012, 07:26 PM
Yes, but I love it when she hits the lefty forehand. :hearts:

BTW, I don't even think she knows which is her better stroke. Sometimes she says backhand, sometimes she says forehand, sometimes she says both. lol
yeah, the lefty FH is cool.

Wish that would be her biggest problem to decide which side is better.

LUVMIRZA
Dec 18th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Vika's BH was way better at the start of the season for sure. I was so disappointed in that shot during the US Open final, as if she didn't dare to hit through it. Her FH made up for it though, but it still failed her in the crucial stages of the match.

The angles she was creating using her BH at the start of the seaon was stunning:worship: Her AO 2012 form was fantastic. I am not sure whether she'll have that same fire again next year to get into that tremendous form.

Israel
Dec 18th, 2012, 11:28 PM
My opinion:
Aga's backhand>forehand.
Kvitova's forehand>backhand.
Wickmayer's backhand>forehand.
Cirstea's forehand>backhand.
I don't know about McHale her forehand isn't really good...
I think Barthel's forehand is better than her backhand.
Yup that's about it :)

dsanders06
Dec 19th, 2012, 02:08 AM
Well, this thread turned out to be more interesting than the title led me to believe.


Serena goes through phases.

At Wimbledon and USO her BH was much better than her FH, but at the YEC her FH was performing better. Obviously she can generate more power on her FH, but footwork issues mean it goes off much often than her BH.

Imo, the forehand is both Serena's more potent AND more reliable shot these days. Her crosscourt forehand has been pretty instrumental in all her best matches this year, and in her WORST matches, it's usually seemed to be her backhand that's giving up more errors -- thinking especially of RG here :tape:

Isn't Aga's backhand much better than her forehand?

This is what most people seem to think, but I've never really understood it. Her forehand is the only wing where she's occassionally capable of taking the ball on the rise and hitting a deceptively pacey shot.

I wouldn't say much. I would say they're pretty equal but I give the nod to her backhand because she tends to decelerate and push her forehand a lot of the time while she constantly hits through her backhand. Not to mention I think she is much better defending off of the backhand wing. Just my two cents.

Kerber's backhand is probably the technically stronger side, but I think the forehand is more of a weapon simply because it's better-disguised. She has such a short snappy takeback on that side that it's often impossible for her opponent to read where she's going to hit her forehand-on-the-run....whereas with her backhand she tends to set her feet a bit earlier and makes it a bit more obvious where she's hitting it.

Pavlyuchenkova - overall pretty equal. She can do whatever she wants.
Running FH bit better probably since her movement is really sloppy to her BH side.

Yes, but I love it when she hits the lefty forehand. :hearts:

BTW, I don't even think she knows which is her better stroke. Sometimes she says backhand, sometimes she says forehand, sometimes she says both. lol

I've always thought her forehand is more explosive.

TheDream
Dec 19th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Radwanska's backhand is MUCH better than her forehand for sure.

moby
Dec 19th, 2012, 06:43 PM
Radwanska has a better forehand. 80% of the aggressive plays she makes are off the flat inside-out forehand going away from the opponent's backhand and following it to net to put away the weak reply. Copying a tactic that Legend used to use.

She probably scoops the ball back a little better and more consistently on the backhand side, but without the opportunistic aggression that her forehand affords her, she would be a flat-out pusher and wouldn't have had the success she had this year.

Dominic
Dec 19th, 2012, 10:56 PM
Radwanska has a better forehand. 80% of the aggressive plays she makes are off the flat inside-out forehand going away from the opponent's backhand and following it to net to put away the weak reply. Copying a tactic that Legend used to use.

She probably scoops the ball back a little better and more consistently on the backhand side, but without the opportunistic aggression that her forehand affords her, she would be a flat-out pusher and wouldn't have had the success she had this year.

This, her forehand is clearly better.

dencod16
Dec 20th, 2012, 01:12 PM
A better wing for me is the more reliable one and it doesn't break down easily. of course players can make more on winners on their forehand, who doesn't, because it has more variation. For me Serena has a better backhand as she has a better footwork on that side same with Sharapova. I also think Aga has a better backhand than forehand.

Patrick345
Dec 20th, 2012, 01:53 PM
A better wing for me is the more reliable one and it doesn't break down easily. of course players can make more on winners on their forehand, who doesn't, because it has more variation. For me Serena has a better backhand as she has a better footwork on that side same with Sharapova. I also think Aga has a better backhand than forehand.

Wozniacki, Jankovic, Barthel and a few others can make as many or more on the backhand.

I disagree about Serena and Radwanska. I also think their forehand is the superior shot.Completely agree on Sharapova´s backhand. The sliding into the backhand on clay is what enables her to be a better player on clay than on any other surface.

Petkorazzi
Dec 20th, 2012, 06:39 PM
Looked at the list again, IMO Babos should definitely be backhand, Doi and Soler Espinosa are forehand, IIRC Voegele's FH is the better shot but I haven't seen her play in years so I might be wrong there.

Petkorazzi
Dec 20th, 2012, 06:41 PM
And I still think Radwanska's backhand is a little bit better. Her forehand is a much better shot nowadays than it was early in her career, but it still sits up too much (especially on clay).

Bennguin1491
Dec 20th, 2012, 06:51 PM
I always thought Klara's BH was stronger...

Sammo
Dec 20th, 2012, 07:04 PM
Lourdes Dominguez-Lino is 48th in the world? How did that happen? :help:

Marionated
Dec 20th, 2012, 09:15 PM
I would say forehand for Bartoli. Her cross-court backhand is her weakest groundie imo.

T_P
Dec 20th, 2012, 09:53 PM
I always thought Klara's BH was stronger...

Yes, I agree.

Wicky's backhand is also better than her forehand.

Dominic
Dec 20th, 2012, 10:17 PM
A better wing for me is the more reliable one and it doesn't break down easily. of course players can make more on winners on their forehand, who doesn't, because it has more variation. For me Serena has a better backhand as she has a better footwork on that side same with Sharapova. I also think Aga has a better backhand than forehand.

A good shot in tennis is one that will make you win more points than it will make you lose. It's not necessarely about constistency. If someone hits 0 unforced errors but 0 winners from the backhand side and 30 unforced erros and 31 winners from the forehand side, the forehand is still the better shot.

LegionArgentina
Dec 20th, 2012, 10:43 PM
Radwanska- BH
Hsieh-BH
Zheng-BH
Schiavone- FH
Begu- BH
King- FH.

This.
Flavia BH
Kookie is a hard choise really :shrug: Have seen some great shots from both sides

jrollaneres25
Dec 21st, 2012, 07:40 AM
Venus Backhand:hearts:

1:40 and 1:50:worship:
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Setsuna.
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:04 PM
Updated. This list isn't 100% accurate but I tried my best to make it much more accurate than the pervious list I made.


1 Serena Williams - Forehand
2 Vika Azarenka - Backhand
3 Maria Sharapova - Backhand
4 Agnieszka Radwanska - Forehand
5 Sara Errani - Forehand
6 Na Li - Backhand
7 Angelique Kerber - Forehand
8 Petra Kvitova - Forehand
9 Caroline Wozniacki - Backhand
10 Maria Kirilenko - Backhand
11 Roberta Vinci - Forehand
12 Ana Ivanovic - Forehand
13 Nadia Petrova - Backhand
14 Samantha Stosur - Forehand
15 Marion Bartoli - Backhand
16 Jelena Jankovic - Backhand
17 Sloane Stephens - Forehand
18 Dominika Cibulkova - Forehand
19 Carla Suarez Navarro - Backhand
20 Kirsten Flipkens - Forehand
21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - Forehand
22 Ekaterina Makarova - Backhand
23 Alize Cornet - Backhand
24 Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea - Forehand
25 Shuai Peng - Backhand
26 Sabine Lisicki - Forehand
27 Svetlana Kuznetsova - Forehand
28 Varvara Lepchenko - Forehand
29 Tamira Paszek - Backhand
30 Lucie Safarova - Forehand
31 Mona Barthel - Backhand
32 Romina Oprandi - Forehand
33 Klara (Koukalova) Zakopalova - Forehand
34 Elena Vesnina - Backhand
35 Venus Williams - Backhand
36 Julia Goerges - Forehand
37 Laura Robson - Forehand
38 Urszula Radwanska - Backhand
39 Kristina Mladenovic - Forehand
40 Bojana Jovanovski - Forehand
41 Jie Zheng - Backhand
42 Jamie Hampton - Forehand
43 Yanina Wickmayer - Forehand
44 Su-Wei Hsieh - Backhand
45 Francesca Schiavone - Forehand
46 Kaia Kanepi - Forehand
47 Magdalena Rybarikova - Forehand
48 Monica Niculescu - Backhand
49 Ayumi Morita - Backhand
50 Lourdes Dominguez-Lino - Forehand
51 Stefanie Voegele - Backhand
52 Yaroslava Shvedova - Backhand
53 Madison Keys - Backhand
54 Heather Watson - Backhand
55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands - Forehand
56 Annika Beck - Backhand
57 Irina-Camelia Begu - Backhand
58 Simona Halep - Backhand
59 Kiki Bertens - Forehand
60 Daniela Hantuchova - Backhand
61 Johanna Jenny Larsson - Forehand
62 Jana Cepelova - Forehand
63 Christina McHale - Forehand
64 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor - Forehand
65 Mallory Burdette - Backhand
66 Monica Puig - Backhand
67 Tsvetana Pironkova - Backhand
68 Eugenie Bouchard - Forehand
69 Chanelle Scheepers - Backhand
70 Garbine Muguruza - Forehand
71 Marina Erakovic - Forehand
72 Olga Govortsova - Forehand
73 Silvia Soler-Espinosa - Forehand
74 Karolina Pliskova - Backhand
75 Sofia Arvidsson - Backhand
76 Lesia Tsurenko - Backhand
77 Mandy Minella - Forehand
78 Anna Tatishvili - Backhand
79 Paula Ormaechea - Forehand
80 Lara Arruabarrena - Forehand
81 Elina Svitolina - Forehand
82 Anabel Medina Garrigues - Forehand
83 Melanie Oudin - Forehand
84 Kimiko Date-Krumm - Forehand
85 Alexandra Cadantu - Forehand
86 Olga Puchkova - Backhand
87 Misaki Doi - Forehand
88 Lauren Davis - Backhand
89 Donna Vekic - Forehand
90 Lucie Hradecka - Backhand
91 Yulia Putintseva - Forehand
92 Camila Giorgi - Forehand
93 Andrea Hlavackova - Forehand
94 Galina Voskoboeva - Forehand
95 Timea Babos - Backhand
96 Estrella Cabeza Candela - Forehand
97 Pauline Parmentier - Forehand
98 Vesna (Manasieva) Dolonts - Forehand
99 Caroline Garcia - Forehand
100 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni - Forehand

-(Better Forehand/Better Backhand)

In the top 10: (5/5)
In the top 20: (11/9)
In the top 30: (17/13)
In the top 40: (23/17)
In the top 50: (29/21)
In the top 60: (31/29)
In the top 70: (37/33)
In the top 80: (43/37)
In the top 90: (50/40)
In the top 100: (59/41)

So 59% of players in the top 100 have better FHs than BHs. 41% have better BHs than FHs.

debopero
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:06 PM
Since when does Radwanska have a better forehand :scratch: .

Glasgow Smile
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:08 PM
Serena's backhand is better

Setsuna.
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:11 PM
Since when does Radwanska have a better forehand :scratch: .

moby explained why her FH is better:

Radwanska has a better forehand. 80% of the aggressive plays she makes are off the flat inside-out forehand going away from the opponent's backhand and following it to net to put away the weak reply. Copying a tactic that Legend used to use.

She probably scoops the ball back a little better and more consistently on the backhand side, but without the opportunistic aggression that her forehand affords her, she would be a flat-out pusher and wouldn't have had the success she had this year.

Renalicious
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:19 PM
Radwanska's FH is better IMO. The crouch forehand is just amazing.

GoofyDuck
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:21 PM
I think Kirilenko's FH is better than her BH.

ScrubLove
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:29 PM
Having seen Tsurenko play, I was always under the impression that her backhand was her better wing. It's quite a bit more solid and technically sound than her forehand which I've seen her spray all over the place.

Jose.
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:33 PM
Definitely Tsurenko BH is better

DefyingGravity
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:35 PM
I would personally find Kerber's backhand to be a lot more of a weapon/issue for players.

Spencer.
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:35 PM
At first I misread the title and I'm just thinking "JJ should be higher on this list :spit:"

Then I realized where I went wrong :lol:

Donna's FH :inlove:


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Povin
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:38 PM
Serena's backhand is better

This.
Her forehand might peak better, but it's inconsistent. Those backhands returns :hearts: Today Serena crushed Maria's fastest serve (by that point of the match, not sure if it was fastest from the match) with her backhand; the ball landed so close to Maria, but it was too fast to get it back. It also seems like Serena is more cautious with her FH, she can fire shots from FH, but usually she is very cautious with it. Backhand is great, power with that swing and accuracy. Nobody has that BH technique, maybe except Venus (?); it looks so unusual.

Setsuna.
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:39 PM
Having seen Tsurenko play, I was always under the impression that her backhand was her better wing. It's quite a bit more solid and technically sound than her forehand which I've seen her spray all over the place.

Definitely Tsurenko BH is better

Thanks guys. Fixed that.

Setsuna.
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:50 PM
I would personally find Kerber's backhand to be a lot more of a weapon/issue for players.

You might be right. There are some players who have equally good BH/FH (like Kerber and Pavlyuchenkova for example). In this case, it's pretty hard to determine which one is their better wing.

Petkorazzi
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:50 PM
I would definitely change Oprandi and Muguruza to backhand and Arvidsson to forehand.

KapitalL
Jun 8th, 2013, 06:58 PM
Hm, Tsurenko definitelly has a better bh, Cirstea also favors her bh over fh I'm pretty sure. Pavs and Olga you pick forehands over bhs hm, I always thought their bh side (as in most Russians)is the more reliable shot, but not sure there.

Vinci fh :p...it may be the more offensive shot, and the shot that takes all the glory but her backhand is paying the bills not the forehand.

Setsuna.
Jun 8th, 2013, 07:00 PM
I would definitely change Oprandi and Muguruza to backhand and Arvidsson to forehand.

Are you sure about these 2? I have seen very little of both tbh. You are right about Sofia.

Iblis
Jun 8th, 2013, 07:35 PM
I think Kirilenko's FH is better than her BH.
Absolutely.
She improved so much that shot in the last few years.

nevetssllim
Jun 8th, 2013, 09:39 PM
Ormaechea's backhand is definitely her best wing.

What about Puig? I was always under the impression her BH was her best wing and her BH DTL was her signature shot but I saw her play, albeit for the first time, at RG against CSN and her FH was much, much better. Maybe it was just an aberration but she was hitting some great winners on the FH while she was at times struggling to execute the most basic shots on her BH.

Jane Lane
Jun 8th, 2013, 09:40 PM
Having seen Tsurenko play, I was always under the impression that her backhand was her better wing. It's quite a bit more solid and technically sound than her forehand which I've seen her spray all over the place.

She is probably one of the easiest ones to pick in the top 100.

Coconut91
Jun 8th, 2013, 10:02 PM
Are you sure about these 2? I have seen very little of both tbh. You are right about Sofia.

In Muguruza's case I'd also say her BH is better. ;)

Potato
Jun 8th, 2013, 10:33 PM
I haven't looked at the whole list but I always thought Pavs had a better BH.

Hugues Daniel
Jun 9th, 2013, 01:54 AM
Sloane Stephens forehand should be on the top of the list. Soon it will be I believe.