wozniacki never felt like a "light" mover to me to be honest. but her anticipation was unbelievable, she read her opponents so well. you're totally right on the fitness tooWozniacki deserves more of a mention here. Her footwork was probably the most impressive part of her game and her strongest attribute. She was always taking those mini steps - no ball was too awkward for her. Her footwork also allowed her to take a beating on her forehand wing - she could never hit through a forehand properly but you could never stretch her or put her out of position on that wing either - she was so strong, and her feet were always moving.
I see your point, in certain movements she was not so light on her feet but relied on her anticipation more so. Drop shots are a good example.wozniacki never felt like a "light" mover to me to be honest. but her anticipation was unbelievable, she read her opponents so well. you're totally right on the fitness too
like i always thought wozniacki's feet could be quite heavy when chasing down drop shots for example. compared to someone like JJ who seemed to effortlessly move into those shots and on the run
another thing is that wozniacki seem to make a decision early on in her career that she would not slide on HC, even though i think she had strong enough legs to do so. maybe that's why she was able to play that type of tennis for as long as she did.I see your point, in certain movements she was not so light on her feet but relied on her anticipation more so. Drop shots are a good example.
Compared to Graf running up to a drop shot - it was like she had wings.
you take long strides to chase down the ball, and short steps to set up your shot. the most beautiful movers are the most efficient at both. for example, WS in the early career were extremely good at the former but could be clunky at the latter.Beautiful footwork and light on your feet means taking more steps and shorter strides to get to a ball?
Just wondering, is one better than the other? A lot of the best movers take long strides.
Thank you for clearly articulating what I could not.Hingis and Evert were exceptional movers without seeming to be exceptional movers. Their footwork in particular was the pinnacle of their athleticism. Virtually never out of position, virtually never off balance, virtually never flat footed.
Footwork is not something excel at just at your peak, for a couple of months.Perhaps “less obvious” choices are Davenport and Sharapova 04-06. They weren’t athletic but their footwork incredibly precise. Davenport especially as long as she had time she was rarely out of position and it’s as efficient as it can be.