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mauresmofan
Jan 1st, 2012, 03:46 AM
It's often stated that it's the most difficult shot in the book to hit but who hit the backhand overhead better than the rest? One that springs to mind straight away for me was Gabriela Sabatini she seemed to not only have the skill to bring the ball down in the position where she wanted it to go but also the power in her shoulder to hit it pretty hard too not allowing her opponent to get a play on the ball. Any others that come to mind for anyone else?

http://0.tqn.com/d/tennis/1/0/8/F/gabriela-sabatini.jpg

(she was 14 in that pic)

Sammo
Jan 1st, 2012, 03:49 AM
I don't know... Mauresmo?

mauresmofan
Jan 1st, 2012, 03:55 AM
Mauresmo had a decent one too - I suppose it's really a shot that favours those who naturally play one handed backhands and being a great athlete would obviously help too. I've seen several pics of Suzanne Lenglen leaping in the air to play her shots and she probably had a great backhand overhead but I don't know for sure.

http://www.style.com/images/beauty/icon/043003/main_img.jpg

rimon
Jan 1st, 2012, 03:58 AM
Margaret Court's was absolutely phenomenal. I wish that I could post it, but there are no clips online. :sad:

renstar
Jan 1st, 2012, 04:00 AM
Navratilova....no other comes close

mauresmofan
Jan 1st, 2012, 04:21 AM
Margaret Court's was absolutely phenomenal. I wish that I could post it, but there are no clips online. :sad:

Yeah you're right I have seen a few clips of her play and net play combating lobs were rife during her playing days plus she was very tall and athletic.

centipede
Jan 1st, 2012, 04:23 AM
Venus has a good one for women with 2hb. She can put two hands on it and smash it hard as if it was a regular one.

Smitten
Jan 1st, 2012, 05:08 AM
Not Bagelie.

OsloErik
Jan 1st, 2012, 05:37 AM
Margaret Court and Billie Jean King.

tennisvideos
Jan 1st, 2012, 05:55 AM
I think Margaret Court, Billie-Jean King, Evonne Goolagong & Martina Navratilova had some of the best backhand overheads in the modern era.

Maddox
Jan 1st, 2012, 07:24 AM
Althea Gibson, she had a one-handed one, plus she just gobbled up the net, she was tall as hell

OsloErik
Jan 1st, 2012, 07:26 AM
I think Margaret Court, Billie-Jean King, Evonne Goolagong & Martina Navratilova had some of the best backhand overheads in the modern era.

Good call on Evonne. Forgot about her.

I'll add Maria Bueno. Remarkable overhead backhand.

mauresmofan
Jan 1st, 2012, 11:57 AM
Venus has a good one for women with 2hb. She can put two hands on it and smash it hard as if it was a regular one.

Yeah Venus definitely has a great backhand overhead especially when she can hit it with 2 hands not bad with one hand either.

Asif_Nawaz
Jan 1st, 2012, 01:49 PM
henins is excellent. she used to hit it effortlessly.

The Dawntreader
Jan 1st, 2012, 02:20 PM
I actually think lobbing to Henin's backhand to provoke a BH smash was smart, because she was limited due to height.

Navratilova and King were the most adept IMO. King had superlative technique, and Navratilova's athleticism gave her a distinct advantage.

goat
Jan 1st, 2012, 02:31 PM
myself.

thrust
Jan 1st, 2012, 02:36 PM
I think Margaret Court, Billie-Jean King, Evonne Goolagong & Martina Navratilova had some of the best backhand overheads in the modern era.

Plus Maria Bueno.

timafi
Jan 1st, 2012, 03:09 PM
Amelie's :bowdown:

vw.
Jan 1st, 2012, 04:42 PM
Yeah Venus definitely has a great backhand overhead especially when she can hit it with 2 hands not bad with one hand either.

Indeed. Venus hit a few beauties at Wimbledon in 2007.

vs. Kuznetsova point at 6:24:
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vs. Bartoli point at 6:58:
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NyCPsU
Jan 1st, 2012, 04:44 PM
I immediately thought of Venus.

brickhousesupporter
Jan 1st, 2012, 04:49 PM
Maria Sharapova.......apparently, she has this vast technical palette that she doesn't often share with us.

geoepee
Jan 1st, 2012, 05:13 PM
I immediately thought of Venus.

same here

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Maria Sharapova.......apparently, she has this vast technical palette that she doesn't often share with us.

:lol:

spencercarlos
Jan 1st, 2012, 05:17 PM
I think Margaret Court, Billie-Jean King, Evonne Goolagong & Martina Navratilova had some of the best backhand overheads in the modern era.
Navratilova indeed modern era, but to call others part of the modern era is a bit off.

Sabatini had a really great one just watch this clip.

First minute she hits 2 of those. Also in Min 7:24 and 7:59.
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Vs Graf min 7:44
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Min 3:44 vs Zvereva
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nat75
Jan 2nd, 2012, 11:04 PM
I have a great backhand overhead. :p

Calvin M.
Jan 3rd, 2012, 11:44 PM
Navratilova indeed modern era, but to call others part of the modern era is a bit off.

Sabatini had a really great one just watch this clip.

First minute she hits 2 of those. Also in Min 7:24 and 7:59.
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Vs Graf min 7:44
8J9ATsWwO1E


Min 3:44 vs Zvereva
BJHCmj7Puk8

Thanks for all of these. All great examples to support your point about Sabatini. I agree.

timafi
Jan 3rd, 2012, 11:50 PM
Amelie hit an amazing one against Henin at the 2006 Wimbledon in that 3th set:bowdown: that has to make Roddick cry if he thinks back at the one he missed (thank God and baby Jesus :angel: :angel: ) against Roger in 2009:tape:

tennisvideos
Jan 4th, 2012, 02:47 AM
Plus Maria Bueno.

Of course, how could I forget her!

Tunk
Jan 4th, 2012, 03:11 AM
Graf.