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Dokic and Hantuchova hit pretty flat and don't like to employ variety in their groundstrokes.

Their movement is also suspect, especially Daniela's.

I think both girls are talented and when playing well, definitely regular Top 10 players. But its just hitting the ball flat all the time that isn't helping them.

For example, Elena D was very similar to them, hitting her shots fairly flat and not employing much variety to her game. This year, after watching her play, I've seen a definite step forward. Even Bob Larson commented on the improvement in variety in Elena's ground game.

When Jelena and Daniela can hit offensive topspin/flat/slice balls is when they can gain an edge again, as well gaining consistency.

Too many of the other girls have worked out their games and see that it is pretty much up and down tennis, just hit the ball hard and thats pretty much it.
 

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In response to the above, Daniela does hit with topspin on the backhand, but her forehand is extremely falt, which is why it is so error-prone. At the USO this year, they showed us a court level camera angle and her shots (especially FH) were skimming so low over the net.

Also, when Daniela began her rise, she began to hit her shots pretty flat to match the pace of the other power hitters in the Top 10.

The girl only seems to know how to play offense, and when that isn't working, she is on her way out of a match. Watching Daniela play defense is pitiful IMO.

But I believe that when she is ON and is playing her game (the game that caused her to rise) she is very formidable, such clean, sweeping strokes and great volleying.

Something is lacking with her, both mental and physical (weight and movement).

Jelena Dokic has a different problem. She is aggressive, has flat strokes which have a high error occurrence, which combined together means that jelena's timing has to be impeccable if she is going to pull of regular winners with super flat strokes. Her timing is off IMHO, be it due to movement, mental lapses, etc. Against Mary, she struck beautiful winners, but ugly errors too.

Jelena hasn't learnt the art of constructing a point or rallying until she has the right shot to hit a winner. At times she was trying to hit a winner from behind the baseline in an awkward position.
 
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