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Old Dec 5th, 2012, 12:43 AM   #81
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Re: Rank the top 10 players from "BBB" to "pusher"

Li is a ballbasher because most of the time that is how she plays; it is her instinct to be aggressive and goes for shots that are not there. However, dsander is right that she is better when counter-punching, reflecting pace, and redirecting the shots to make winners––that is why her sole grand slam came on clay. But that style does not last, since she lost most of her superb athleticism she had in 2010-mid 2011. Plus, her short temper does destroy that talent in her; therefore, she will self-destruct and completely switches off to BBB mode: for example, her AO final match in 2011 against Clijsters in which she was surely going to win, but went cuckoo because of the immense pressure from the Chinese crowd. Moreover, I belief that patience she had during her prime was diminished, although I'm not sure whether the decreased patience is related to her declined athleticism, but I would assume they are.

So here you go. I will not rank Li as counter-pucher because it is not in her instinct, like how Azarenka had tried to be ball-basher, and that also didn't work out well––Azarenka is naturally counter-puncher with controlled aggression.
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