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Old Nov 8th, 2002, 12:49 AM   #1
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The Weakest Service Actions in Women's Tennis

There are some pretty tragic actions amongst even the very top players. Their success, therefore, is probably a testament to their groundies - but think how good they could be if their service actions were technically better.

Some of them look like they're lucky to get the ball over the net at all with the actions they use.

Here are the ones that spring to mind:

Jennifer Capriati
Jelena Dokic
Elena Dementieva

I wouldn't include Conchita or Martina, whose serves, though relatively ineffective, are not plagued with doublefaults.

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Old Nov 8th, 2002, 12:59 AM   #2
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considering that conchi gets about 80% first serve in, most of them with weird slice or kick, i'd say she has an effective serve. the reason she gets broken a lot, though, is because she is not aggressive after hitting her serve. she serves and then takes 3-4 steps back behind the baseline.

i think capriati's serve is very shaky and liable to double faults. henin, too, throws in a lot of doubles.
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Old Nov 8th, 2002, 01:51 AM   #4
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Yeah, I agree - but I meant Conchi's hardly gonna win a match with her mighty serve, is she? LOL

It's not a liability, but it's hardly something she'll destroy someone with. Same with Martina H.
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Old Nov 8th, 2002, 02:31 AM   #5
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Iva Majoli's service motion affects her serve negatively. She looks like shes gonna fall over sometimes and I always get sooo nervous when she is hitting a second serve on big points.
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I wouldnt say Dokic's second serve is weak! Seles commented in Paris Indoors how deep and effective it was!

Weak second serves definitely go to

Hingis
Dechy - its terrible
Conchita
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People say Venus' serve has a flaw in it. I guess there is, but I still find it odd that with a "flaw" she won 4 Slams; was #1.

I think Hingis' problem is she hasn't gotten BETTER in the last few years.

Jen would have a good serve if she could get her toss together. That's the problem with her serve.

The girl who beat Henin at the French has a bad serve. It's just bad. I don't recall her name
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hello people, Dokic does not have a problem with her serve!!!!!! she can serve pretty darn fast, just look at her 1st round match at the Championships against Myskina!!! that just prooves to you that she's good.
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Hi Naldo, and welcome.
It doesnt matter if Jelena can just serve hard. Plenty of players can do that, sheesh, I can do it too. Its a matter of the combo of speed, placement, and consistency. I think that Jelena's serve is missing the consistency.
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Jen used to have a better motion at the beggining of the 90's, I don't know why she changed it.

Sabatini's motion is the worst I've seen. She stayed with the raquet low for AGES before hitting the ball. I've also read that Francoise Durr had an even worse one.
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Cappy's serve was on fire in AUS OPEN 2001- Davenport had said that she was expecting some df (in their semi) but they never came. Her serve has gone downhill since then.

It's quite interesting that Vee has the fastest serve on the tour and yet there is still room for improvement.
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Tanasugarn's serve is another that is often talked about. There's no body weight transfer and she drops her head. The problem is that her serve is all arm, although it's not terribly slow or anything.

Does anyone know what I mean? It's technically a bad serve, whereas Dokic, Henin, Capriati etc. just rush or double fault.
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Elena Dementieva actually hits 2 first serves. At times, I have been shocked to see her 2nd serve faster than her first!!!!

She actually falls off the serve, and doesn't have a forward motion into the court to utilise all the power she has. I mean she is hitting serves in the 100 mph with this patehtic motion, imagine if she fixed it?

Hopefully her new coach will get her ass in gear!
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