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Which Serve Is Worse?

  • Elena Dementieva's

    Votes: 3 75.0%
  • Sjeng Shalcken's

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • They're both bad, but apples and oranges.

    Votes: 1 25.0%
  • Danget you, stop with the polls!

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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Their serves are AWFUL!



But we all know that.

But RELATIVELY speaking, which one's is worse.

Now I didn't see it before, but mens and womens tennis are literally two different sports. Like apples and oranges.

But they both have to start the point somehow.

The Women are much better returners, The Men are much much better servers.

Venus Williams has the best first serve in the game at 127 MPH
Andy Roddick/Greg Rusedski has the best first serve at the game at 149 MPH

Men often AVERAGE 127

Elena Dementieva's serve tops out at about 112 MPH (believe it or not)
Sjeng Shalcken's serve tops out at about 125 MPH

Sjeng averaged 102 against Roddick
Elena averaged 95 against Capriati (I believe, correct me if I'm wrong)

Serving is more than about purely speed, otherwise Venus would be literally unstoppable, but Elena's first serve, to my eyes, is just as if not more effective than Sjeng's is (Relatively speaking, Sjeng would kill most women with his serve).

Again, apples and oranges. But lets pretend to be making fruit punch.
In this fruit punch, Justine Henin-Hardenne has the best one-handed backhand period. Venus has the best two-handed backhand period. Etc.

Or atleast how about this, not which one's better, but which ones WORSE all things considered. And which one could be MORE effective if they learned how to serve.

Also, Elena is 5'11, Sjeng is 6'3.

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Dementieva's, by a mile. The whole reason that Schalken has that serve is because he had to remodel it early in his career to prevent a potentially crippling shoulder injury, and he had to go for percentage instead. He always gets plenty of first serves in, making the serve difficult to attack, and while his serve doesn't win him many cheap points it also doesn't lose him many points as Dementieva does. He scarcely ever double faults, his ball toss is reliable, in fact apart from the lack of knee bend everything about is technically better than Dementieva's, who has no excuse for such a poor serve.
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