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Old Jul 12th, 2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

The ones that come to mind immediately are...

A) Li's BH and FH (though the latter can get a bit wonky): so good at redirecting paceful shots.

B) Zvonareva's BH: in both defensive and offensive positions.

C) Kvitova's FH: serve outwide and FH DTL combo on the Ad court is sometimes jaw-dropping.

Any other thoughts on this?

The worst shot at redirecting from a top 10 player is Stosur's BH I think.
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Old Jul 12th, 2011, 11:14 PM   #2
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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

Azarenka's backhand is the best imo.
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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

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Azarenka's backhand is the best imo.
Snickers' BH is a very solid shot in attacking and defensive positions, but I get this feeling that Vika "over"-crosscourts her BH at times when she should be going DTL which oftenly gets her into trouble against the big hitters like Kvitova as they will blast DTL on their turn.
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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

Id add in Kvitovas backhand DTL too. Some of the shots she pulled off in the final from big returns on that side from Maria were amazing, some on her knees.
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Id add in Kvitovas backhand DTL too. Some of the shots she pulled off in the final from big returns on that side from Maria were amazing, some on her knees.
Agreed/Absolutely!!!

Also Kvitova's Cross court (re-directing), angled forehand or back on the baselines or in the corners. Brilliant!!
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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

Zvonareva. When she's confident she does it better than anyone off both wings. Her 2010 Dubai match against Jankovic illustrates this perfectly.
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Snickers' BH is a very solid shot in attacking and defensive positions, but I get this feeling that Vika "over"-crosscourts her BH at times when she should be going DTL which oftenly gets her into trouble against the big hitters like Kvitova as they will blast DTL on their turn.
This. I feel like Vika gets a little predictable at times with her BH, but it's still a world class shot.

Jelena in her prime was great at this, especially off the BH, but the FH too on occasion. And Bepa is great as well, mainly because of her speed.
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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

Jankovic BH. Oh wait she is not top 10 anymore.
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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

Azarenka's BH by a long way.

Li's good at redirecting CC balls DTL too.
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Id add in Kvitovas backhand DTL too. Some of the shots she pulled off in the final from big returns on that side from Maria were amazing, some on her knees.
When Kvitty gets down low and LEANS on that BH...



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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

Venus' backhand back in the day. It is one of the reasons she owned players like Kim and Jennifer. Get into CC rallies and bam with a huge backhand DTL. But Vee is a former top 10 player ATM.
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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

Marion on the run... actually It makes her go for angles, and she pulls it off alot.
I'd say Jankovic BH (oh wait she's not top 10 anymore)... Then Zvonareva
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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

Kimmie's got a great sense of ball movement, especially looking at 2003 matches.
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Jankovic BH. Oh wait she is not top 10 anymore.
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Re: Which shot(s) from a top 10 player is/are the best at redirecting?

When you say redirect, I usually think of cc shots. Going back behind your opponent, wrong footing them. And honestly, im suprised no one has mentioned Kim. Her strokes, especially her BH, can be devestating cc. Gotta deduct a lil bit for the fact that she uses CC ALOT, making it a lil less deceptive. But ive many a time seen someone try to hit a cc shot to her backhand only for it to come back at an even more extreme angle.
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