View Full Version : In wta history who are the top 5 volleyers of all time.

Mar 23rd, 2003, 11:04 PM
Who do you think the top five volleyers of all time are?

Mar 23rd, 2003, 11:10 PM
Who do you think the top five volleyers of all time are?

1. Monica Seles ;)
2. Martina Navratilova
3. Jana Novotna

Mar 24th, 2003, 12:45 AM
Well, its a tough question, maybe more suited for Rollo. If I was to throw out 5 names, probably

1. Martina Navratilova
2. Jana Novotna
3. Billie Jean King
4. Alice Marble
5. Virginia Wade

Mar 25th, 2003, 12:24 AM
1- Martina Navratilova
2- Martina Hingis
3- Maria Ester Bueno
4- Jana Novotna
5- Yelena Sukova

Mar 25th, 2003, 12:38 AM
if you ask Mary Joe and Pam they will probably include Jennifer and Lindsay in the list :rolleyes:

Mar 25th, 2003, 01:20 AM
1.Martina Navratilova
2.Helena Sukova
3.Jana Novotna
4.Billie Jean King
5.Virginia Wade

Mar 25th, 2003, 02:01 AM
1. Martina Navratilova
2. Jana Novotna
3. Billie Jean
4. Gabriela Sabatini

Mar 26th, 2003, 01:45 AM
1. Martina Navratilova
2. Jana Novotna
3. Gabriela Sabatini
4. Pam Shriver
5. Nathalie Tauziat

Mar 26th, 2003, 01:46 AM
Get me in the final list!

Mar 26th, 2003, 01:51 AM
1. Martina Hingis
2. Anna Kournikova
3. Daja Bedanova
4. Amelie Mauresmo
5. Chanda Rubin

;) :angel:

Mar 26th, 2003, 01:59 AM
Interesting picks, Jordan.... looking back at it - I should have Hingis in my list. Hands of a feather that girl.

Mar 26th, 2003, 02:03 AM
Thanks :wavey:

Mar 26th, 2003, 05:26 AM
Some of you might never have heard of her, but i watched Lena Tatarkova of Ukraine in the Wimbledon final a few years ago, and she is amazing at the net. She is the best woman volleyer i have ever seen, barring only Navratilova.

Mar 26th, 2003, 05:53 AM
Hmm, did/does Natasha have a great volley? (Arrgg, I wish I could place her in ONE tense.) Go Z-Woman...

Mar 26th, 2003, 07:47 AM
Well, I can only comment in players I've seen play, so although I think BJK was a great voleyer, I'm not going to include her in my list.

5-Hingis (I think Kournikova WAS a better volleyer than Hingis, but it's been so long since she's played well that I can't include her here).

Mar 26th, 2003, 07:59 AM
Some of you might never have heard of her, but i watched Lena Tatarkova of Ukraine in the Wimbledon final a few years ago, and she is amazing at the net. She is the best woman volleyer i have ever seen, barring only Navratilova.

I remember her. Thanks for the analysis of her style vogus. Does anyone know how well she is doing now?

King Lindsay
Mar 26th, 2003, 08:01 AM
You guys are all overlooking a wealth of doubles specialists that were all excellent volleyers.

Tatarkova in league with the best volleyers of all time? yeah right, and Monica's #1 too.

Mar 26th, 2003, 08:05 AM
LMAO so true ;)

Mar 26th, 2003, 08:06 AM
weren't most players before chris evert serve and volleyers?

I would not call sabatini a serve and volleyer either;) (just read that very well and people who saw her play will understand why not)

Mar 26th, 2003, 08:23 AM
I know Sabatini wasn't a serve 'n volleyer, I was saying that she was a great volleyer (not that you can serve and volley with that serve!).

Mar 26th, 2003, 08:59 AM
Know what no sense berading a poster just because they mentioned Elena Tartakova. After all most people on this board have never seen Alice Marble or Althea Gibson strike a ball.

But this was a thread asking "best of all time." So my choices based on who I have seen and read about are:

1. Navratilova
2. Court
3. King
4. Marble
5. Lenglan

Honorable mentions go to Shriver, Novotna, Gibson, Brough, Osbourne-Dupont, Jacobs and Wade.

Mar 26th, 2003, 12:53 PM
based on who i've seen:

g. fernandez

Mar 26th, 2003, 05:04 PM

Hidden Stillness
Mar 26th, 2003, 11:50 PM
1. Jana Novotna
2. Martina Navratilova
3. Billie Jean King
4. Hingis
5. H. Sukova

Novotna was wonderful to watch, and brilliant.

Mar 28th, 2003, 12:57 AM
I agree that Navratilova had the best volley in the women's game - I also rate King and Novotna very highly.

No-one has mentioned Larisa Neiland - her WTT coach at the Springfield Lasers said he picked her because she had a superb backhand volley, especially behind the serve, second only to Navratilova's. You don't win 66 doubles titles with a variety of partners if you can't volley. I always used to marvel at how solid she was at the net.

People should also remember Rosie Casals and Wendy Turnbull who were also fantastic at the net.

As for Elena Tatarkova - she may not be an all-time great volleyer, but I saw her play a couple of matches at Wimbledon last year with Montalvo, and her talent at the net was obvious. She had great hands and produced some spectacular shots.

Brian Stewart
Mar 28th, 2003, 07:57 AM
I would put Navratilova and King as the top two, in that order. Picking the next 3 is tough. I consider a great volleyer someone who can hit offensive and defensive volleys well. I might go with Novotna, Hingis, and Zvereva, though not necessarily in that order. Mandlikova was a good volleyer. And during her generation, no one defended the net better than Gaby.

Also Goolagong, Gigi Fernandez, Sukova, Casals, Kohde-Kilsch, Smylie, and, going pre-open era, probably Osborne-Dupont and Ryan could be mentioned in addition to the all-timne singles greats. As a general rule, the great doubles players have been great volleyers.

Mar 28th, 2003, 09:56 AM
but asv also won more then 70 doubles tournaments

is her volley underrated?

just wondering:)

Mar 28th, 2003, 01:44 PM
Margaret Court was known as "The Arm" by the other players because they could never get past her at the net.................

Goolagong and Mandlikova were also great volleyers - in fact they were pretty wonderful to watch wherever they were on the court...........

As regards Arantxa - just because she was the ultimate claycourter as a singles player and liked to stay back doesn't mean she can't volley - as a doubles player she was really steady in the forecourt, both as a volleyer and overhead..........