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The main problem I have with this strategy is that on the 2nd serve, a player with a bigger swing still may have time to hammer it. (It's on the first serve that she won't). This gets into that whole open vs. closed stance stuff, the speed of the 2nd serve, spin, etc. One "missing element" may be: does the player need rest, and want short points; or is she trying to "find the range" in a match she's gonna win either way, and thus wants to get into longer rallies as "live fire practice".
 

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Hingiswinsthis said:
Actually, Davenport has a tough time returning some of Dementieva's cream puff second serves.....Justine's not one who wins matches 6-1, 6-0 in the first 3 rounds of a major.
Re. Linzi, she'll "get there", but on the late side so she can't do that Serena slamdunk kind of "whole body going into the ball" return, it's "more arm and less torque". Juju may well be an example of someone without a fatigue factor or nagging injuries who wants to get a workout in vs. easier early round opponents.
 
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