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Vanity Bonfire
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:44 PM
I remember just a while back The Dawntreader did a thread about who had the best serve on the tour from an aesthetic POV, and I was wondering about the same topic for the forehand shot.

Who would your picks be for the best-looking forehand on tour-both retired and active?

I'll start by saying that from the past ten years, I think Davenport's forehand technique has been the most pleasant to watch yet of players currently contesting matches regularly, I have to say that I love Sorana Cirstea's forehand technique.

Sean.
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:46 PM
Zvonareva for me, no contest. :drool:

RenaSlam.
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:48 PM
Zvonareva for me, no contest. :drool:

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Sean.
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:49 PM
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:shrug: Maybe I'm bias, but it's a matter of oppinion.

Let me guess. Yours is Serena's? Predictable.

sammy01
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:49 PM
alona bondarenko, beautiful forehand.

Mina Vagante
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:49 PM
Clijsters, no doubt.

It looks so natural and athletic.

Based on this match right now though :unsure:

RenaSlam.
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:49 PM
:shrug: Maybe I'm bias, but it's a matter of oppinion.

Let me guess. Yours is Serena's? Predictable.

No. Not Serena's.

John.
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:49 PM
I always loved Lindsay's forehand :drool:

DefyingGravity
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:50 PM
Pre 2009: Ivanovic, Davenport, Clijsters
Post 2009: Clijsters (I really like the circular motion she has), Cirstea, Ivanovic at times

Aesthetic for the result: Serena Williams

Aaric
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:50 PM
Clijsters no doubt. Also Patty´s.

Mina Vagante
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Pre 2009: Ivanovic, Davenport, Clijsters
Post 2009: Clijsters (I really like the circular motion she has), Cirstea, Ivanovic at times

Aesthetic for the result: Serena Williams

Clijsters' forehand is absolutely :worship:

Coke Zero
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Sorana Cirstea for me, so clean at times.

Keegan
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Kuznetsova's, I don't know why but I like the way it looks.

Hachiko
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Zvonareva. :yeah: Love her clean game. Honourable mentions to Kim and Alona.

LudwigDvorak
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Cirstea? Really her technique and follow-through is quite ugly. I wonder how she has any success with the shot off clay.

Nikkiri
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:52 PM
Cirstea

sammy01
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:54 PM
davenport's forehand was so clean and smooth.

clijsters is just the whole package, she moves so well to it and round it and when she nails it because of the huge swing it looks spectacular.

Derek.
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:55 PM
Cirstea? Really her technique and follow-through is quite ugly.

That's what I was thinking. :o

DefyingGravity
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:55 PM
Clijsters' forehand is absolutely :worship:

I KNOW!!!!!! I WANT THAT FOREHAND...haha.

Svetlana)))
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:56 PM
I love Dulko's. So smooth and flowing, effortless power.

Mina Vagante
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:56 PM
I KNOW!!!!!! I WANT THAT FOREHAND...haha.

Get out of your Vera and Ana phase and get Clijsters-ing then ! :drool:

Vanity Bonfire
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:58 PM
Cirstea? Really her technique and follow-through is quite ugly. I wonder how she has any success with the shot off clay.

I think I like it because she has a lot more success with it from the deuce court rather than the ad court.

Reptilia
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:58 PM
I really like kuzzys, but yeh Clijsters' is nice too

DefyingGravity
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:58 PM
Get out of your Vera and Ana phase and get Clijsters-ing then ! :drool:

It's like a ladder. You gotta go Vera then Ana then Kim.

RenaSlam.
Jun 28th, 2010, 12:59 PM
Everyone saying Clijsters :shrug:

I mean, when it's on it's awesome...but when it's off, boy is it OFF (see first set v Enna today)

Coke Zero
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:01 PM
I like Clijsters', especially when she runs around a short, lobbed return to her BH and slams it away from shoulder height. :drool:

Cirstea, as I said is more about clean hitting. I also found Paszek's take back on the FH particularly flairsome. Though, I guess you have to go to some $25K to see it now...

Derek.
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:01 PM
I miss Nicole's forehand. :sobbing:

Reptilia
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:01 PM
Everyone saying Clijsters :shrug:

I mean, when it's on it's awesome...but when it's off, boy is it OFF (see first set v Enna today)

based on looks...

bandabou
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:02 PM
who had the best aesthetic serve, then?

Keegan
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:03 PM
Everyone saying Clijsters :shrug:

I mean, when it's on it's awesome...but when it's off, boy is it OFF (see first set v Enna today)

This is just based on aesthetics though.

Pops Maellard
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:03 PM
Dementieva's. :) Textbook.

Renalicious
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:04 PM
I like Na Li's when it's on. When it's off, that's a whole different story. :)

Beat
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:07 PM
Zvonareva for me, no contest. :drool:

that seems an odd choice to me :confused: i always thought zvonareva was a competent player, but that her shots were not particularly nice to look at, mainly because of her way to follow the shots through. it always looks like hard work to me.

i'd say kuzentsova's and ivanovic's (from a few years ago :o)

DefyingGravity
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:07 PM
Everyone saying Clijsters :shrug:

I mean, when it's on it's awesome...but when it's off, boy is it OFF (see first set v Enna today)

She's turned it on though here....

Mina Vagante
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:08 PM
It's like a ladder. You gotta go Vera then Ana then Kim.

:rolls: And the Serena :devil:

who had the best aesthetic serve, then?

We all know :p

sammy01
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:09 PM
vera falls off her follow throughs all the time, she even ends up on the floor sometimes because of it. not nice to watch.

Mina Vagante
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:09 PM
Dementieva's. :) Textbook.

Ewww, I cannot stand her forehand or backhand or serve.

Singleniacki
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:09 PM
Niculescu

Mina Vagante
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:11 PM
I quite like Sprems's too :)

Mikey.
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:12 PM
I like Ana and Sabine's.

sammy01
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:12 PM
Niculescu

i just know chrischorse or whatever hes called now will come and agree with you :tape::lol::p

Pops Maellard
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:13 PM
Ewww, I cannot stand her forehand or backhand or serve.
Technique of Dementieva FH is near-perfect. :)

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LudwigDvorak
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:14 PM
i just know chrischorse or whatever hes called now will come and agree with you :tape::lol::p

You of all people cannot call people out for biased fanboying.

Mina Vagante
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:14 PM
Technique of Dementieva FH is near-perfect. :)

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Get it away from me ! It just looks very awkward and unnatural - it looks like a swipe.

Dave.
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:15 PM
Lindsay, obvs. :drool:

And for all of her struggles, Ana's FH is still occasionally good looking.


:shrug: Maybe I'm bias, but it's a matter of oppinion.

Let me guess. Yours is Serena's? Predictable.

Yes it is completely a matter of opinion. I say ignore that poster. As usual, he has failed to make a contribution to the thread.


who had the best aesthetic serve, then?

Lindsay, duh. :p

sammy01
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:16 PM
You of all people cannot call people out for biased fanboying.

are you mad kim is winning :bounce:

Coke Zero
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:22 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Santangelo's FH... :spit:

Pops Maellard
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:23 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Santangelo's FH... :spit:
Or Wozniacki's, Dushevina's or Riske's. :lol:

Rome
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:24 PM
2004-2007 Henin

Sean.
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:27 PM
that seems an odd choice to me :confused: i always thought zvonareva was a competent player, but that her shots were not particularly nice to look at, mainly because of her way to follow the shots through. it always looks like hard work to me.

:lol: To me her whole grame looks clean & effortless.

Mikey.
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:29 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Santangelo's FH... :spit:

Eww :sobbing:

Pops Maellard
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:30 PM
:lol: To me her whole grame looks clean & effortless.
Vera does have a nice game, except when she gets tight and she goes into this awful pusher mode. :p

bandabou
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:31 PM
Lindsay, duh. :p

:lol: ;)

Zhao
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:43 PM
Jennifer Capriati 2001- 2003... it was pretty amazing especially her running forehand...

she switched to the helicopter forehand in 2004 (ala Sharapova) which i personally dun really like

InsideOut.
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:56 PM
Ana's :hearts:

Slutiana
Jun 28th, 2010, 01:59 PM
alona bondarenko, beautiful forehand.
Agreed.
Cirstea? Really her technique and follow-through is quite ugly. I wonder how she has any success with the shot off clay.
What? I guess it's in the eye of the beholder and all that crap but I find her forehand so smooth, effortless and clean - especially in practise, it is almost perfection.


Of course my favourite by a country mile has to be Tatiana's. She was just always perfectly balanced with great footwork, gorgeous stroke production and her timing was so crisp. I just miss watching her hit forehands so much. :tears:

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Shawn
Jun 28th, 2010, 02:00 PM
Kim (current)
Stefi (past)

Chakvenus
Jun 28th, 2010, 02:42 PM
Schnyder's. its so unique and (when not creating an atrocious error) seems incredibly effortless.

Slutati
Jun 28th, 2010, 02:44 PM
Of course my favourite by a country mile has to be Tatiana's. She was just always perfectly balanced with great footwork, gorgeous stroke production and her timing was so crisp. I just miss watching her hit forehands so much. :tears:

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Preach. Best forehand ever. :worship: Closely followed by Dementieva's.

Optima
Jun 28th, 2010, 02:53 PM
Kleybanova.

Danii's Law
Jun 28th, 2010, 02:58 PM
I really liked Henin's old forehand. I have to agree that Alona Bondarenko's is one of the best at the moment.

Polikarpov
Jun 28th, 2010, 03:11 PM
Davenport's and Ivanovic's. I don't like the look of Clijster's helicopter take back on her forehand.

Serenus Christ
Jun 28th, 2010, 03:16 PM
i love sharapova's
LOL

The Dawntreader
Jun 28th, 2010, 04:11 PM
Aesthetically i've always had a thing for the Jankovic forehand.

Davenport's posseses the only 'lasoo' forehand that looks easy on the eye:hearts:

SymphonyX
Jun 28th, 2010, 04:22 PM
Davenport. Really, really clean hitter.

WowWow
Jun 28th, 2010, 04:58 PM
Kuzi's fh

debopero
Jun 28th, 2010, 05:02 PM
I guess I am in the minority here; I like Serena's forehand aesthetically speaking.

delicatecutter
Jun 28th, 2010, 05:07 PM
Ivanovic, Lisicki, Rybarikova, Hercog

JJ all the way
Jun 28th, 2010, 05:29 PM
I don't know if it just me, but I always thought Venus's forehand looked graceful. Just wish it were more effective!

If we are talking about aesthetics, I think Sam's also looks nice. Momo was really good too back in the day.


Zvonereva? Really? I don't see it as aesthetic...

Oermi
Jun 28th, 2010, 06:19 PM
i love sharapova's
LOL

me too :)