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Date: 28 Jan 2009 21:16:44
From: drew
Subject: Why no short angles?
The men are hitting great short angle crosscourts but the women either
hit down the middle or go deep crosscourt.

If you want to tire out your opponent you make them move forward and
side to side. Most players today, even biggies like Williams can
cover a court from side to side with some efficiency.

Few move well forward and a heavy player doesn't like to hustle
forward then retreat back to the baseline.

Of course it's a lot easier to just whale on the ball and aim for the
corners like most of the girls do but it doesn't present much of a
problem for the opponent. Opening up the court for a winner this way
is lower percentage play than varying speed and depth.

Is there a good reason why the women don't play this way?




 
Date: 28 Jan 2009 21:32:04
From: drew
Subject: Re: Why no short angles?
On Jan 29, 12:20=A0am, Luke Tang <ginz...@gmail.com > wrote:
> On Jan 28, 9:16=A0pm, drew <d...@technologist.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > The men are hitting great short angle crosscourts but the women either
> > hit down the middle or go deep crosscourt.
>
> > If you want to tire out your opponent you make them move forward and
> > side to side. =A0Most players today, even biggies like Williams can
> > cover a court from side to side with some efficiency.
>
> > Few move well forward and a heavy player doesn't like to hustle
> > forward then retreat back to the baseline.
>
> > Of course it's a lot easier to just whale on the ball and aim for the
> > corners like most of the girls do but it doesn't present much of a
> > problem for the opponent. =A0Opening up the court for a winner this way
> > is lower percentage play than varying speed and depth.
>
> > Is there a good reason why the women don't play this way?
>
> Women don't generate enough spin on the ball so it's not as easy to
> hit short angles.

Maybe not but other than Mauresmo, I can't think of many female
players who mix up the pace and depth of their groundstrokes
effectively to break the rhythm of their opponent.

Sometimes it looks like a hitting practice out there with players just
whacking the hell out of the ball right into the wheelhouse of the
opponent.


 
Date: 28 Jan 2009 21:20:01
From: Luke Tang
Subject: Re: Why no short angles?
On Jan 28, 9:16=A0pm, drew <d...@technologist.com > wrote:
> The men are hitting great short angle crosscourts but the women either
> hit down the middle or go deep crosscourt.
>
> If you want to tire out your opponent you make them move forward and
> side to side. =A0Most players today, even biggies like Williams can
> cover a court from side to side with some efficiency.
>
> Few move well forward and a heavy player doesn't like to hustle
> forward then retreat back to the baseline.
>
> Of course it's a lot easier to just whale on the ball and aim for the
> corners like most of the girls do but it doesn't present much of a
> problem for the opponent. =A0Opening up the court for a winner this way
> is lower percentage play than varying speed and depth.
>
> Is there a good reason why the women don't play this way?

Women don't generate enough spin on the ball so it's not as easy to
hit short angles.