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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 2004, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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Hello to everyone. you all seem to be experts on players of the past and i was just wondering if some of you could help me out. I am doing some research and i was wondering if you could tell me about past players playing styles ie how hard they hit, game style, types of spins stregnths and weakness of players from the late 80's to mid 90's, examples include Gabriela sabatini, jana Novotna, natalie tausiat Mary Jo fernandez etc.
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MJ Fernandez was a Chris Evert clone. If you're new to tennis that won't mean anything. She played most of the time from the baseline and hit flat and hard groundstrokes. She hit the ball remarkably hard for her slim build. She had great instincts and was good at the net as she proved in doubles. MJF would've been a fixture in the top 5 had she not had a career filled with injuries. She played well on all surfaces.

Novotna was an all-court player who found her way to the net as much as possible. She used a variety of slices and spins. Her serve/volley game did her well on faster surfaces, yet she could stay back and rally too. She was a great attacker with all the shots, yet she was mentally fragile (see Duchess of Kent).

Tauziat was originally a baseliner with a great slice backhand. As the power game overtook women's tennis, she learned to attack and serve/volley. She had most of her success late in her career and didn't hit the top ten until almost 30. She was especially tough on fast surfaces.

Sabatini was a classic top-spin claycourter from Latin America, though she played well on all surfaces. She had beautiful groundstrokes and could even get to the net and volley pretty well. She was mentally fragile and had one of the worst serves of her day. She could beat any player on her best days, yet never fulfilled all of her potential.

Hope that helps. I'm sure others have more insight.
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Thanks for that its really helpfull.
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