Yeah who do you think has had the most unorthodox strokes in the history of woman's tennis?
Dec 23rd, 2002, 10:14 AM
Dec 23rd, 2002, 10:25 AM
Well, Beverley Baker-Fleitz never had a backhand - literally - and she made the Wimbledon Final in 1955 losing to Louise Brough 7-5 8-6. She would hit a forehand with her left hand, then swap the racket to her right hand to hit a forehand on that side!!!! I have this final on tape and Beverley had very powerful and accurate drives - she would pound the ball low and flat to the corners, and she was a very impressive player. Also, she was very attractive.
Francoise Durr hit all her shots with her forefinger pointing down the grip! Her backhand was so unorthodox, she held it with a western forehand grip and the forefinger down the grip and thus she had to pull her wrist towards the ball like a soup ladle! Extraordinary. And all her volleys were like frypan shots - her serve was like a glorified pat and it didn't register on any speed machines! She was World #3 in 1967 after winning the French Open Singles and also won 11 Grand Slam Doubles titles. Was ranked in the top 10 for 10 years. See photo of frankie Durr's backhand. I have about 20 matches of Frankie on tape and in my opinion she is one of the most unorthodox players I have ever seen. See attached photo and take a close look at the grip!
Also, Kathy Jordan had incredibly unorthodox shots and won the Wimbledon doubles final with Liz Smilie against Navratilova-Shriver, also won the other 3 Slam Doubles titles. Made it to #10 in the world in 1984. Her forehand was with an extreme western grip (frypand type shot) and she used the same grip for a heavily sliced backhand and fly swatter type volleys.
I love watching the unorthodox players! Of course there were many more but they would have to be 3 of my favourites.
Dec 23rd, 2002, 11:27 PM
Eva Melicharova's service action
Dec 24th, 2002, 01:31 AM
Forehand - Steffi Graf
And of course, the "Sabatweeney!"
Dec 24th, 2002, 05:59 PM
I remember watching Camille Benjamen against Chris Evert in the 84 French Semis. I was kind of excited to see her come out of nowhere to make it all the way to the semifinals.
But when I finally got to see her stroke a ball,I was shocked at how loopy and downright wacky she looked on court from both sides.
But I thought she hit the ball pretty hard and I wonder how much more of a success she could have become had she had better coaching and had learned some better technique with her strokes.