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halalula1234
05-25-2010, 06:41 AM
Does she use the continental old school? or the eastern?? its so flat and hard

LDVTennis
05-25-2010, 11:41 AM
I think it is Continental...

dirtballer
05-25-2010, 01:15 PM
Check out this picture. It looks like an Eastern forehand to me. The underside of the first knuckle is at 3:00 o'clock. If it were a Continental, it would be at 1:30.

http://www.tenniscelebs.com/images/getty/Kimiko%20Date%20Krumm%20FH%2084332857.jpg

She lays the wrist back and hits it very flat - very old school.

Scientist
05-25-2010, 01:24 PM
She uses the Safina-beating grip, apparently it's effective

halalula1234
05-25-2010, 09:56 PM
ahahah a continental or eastern grip beating this safina chick with a western grip on CLAY!. AMAZING!

orangettecoleman
05-25-2010, 11:20 PM
Not that amazing really, Safina is the all-time mental midget of the WTA. Still a good solid win for Kimiko though!

LDVTennis
05-26-2010, 12:22 PM
Check out this picture. It looks like an Eastern forehand to me. The underside of the first knuckle is at 3:00 o'clock. If it were a Continental, it would be at 1:30.

http://www.tenniscelebs.com/images/getty/Kimiko%20Date%20Krumm%20FH%2084332857.jpg

She lays the wrist back and hits it very flat - very old school.

Yeah, that does look right.

I was basing my opinion on what I saw of her play in 1996. I think back then it was more of a Continental Grip.

I was watching her match versus Safina last night and I noticed that the paddle motion that she used to have on the forehand has somewhat subsided. That would suggest to me that her grip is more Eastern than before. She even hits with more topspin than I remember.

Centered
05-26-2010, 05:33 PM
Her forehand is definitely less awkward than before, but it's still rather awkward (as is her serve) because she is left-handed and was forced to play right-handed. For some this doesn't lead to really awkward strokes, but it definitely did for Date.

What's really impressive is that she has improved her forehand technique over what it was during her prime.