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dangalak
09-29-2012, 09:39 PM
not named Serena? :)

Vcore89
09-29-2012, 09:41 PM
Amelie Mauresmo and Steffi Graf's smashing backhand slice? Monica Seles gets my nod!

RAFA2005RG
09-29-2012, 11:49 PM
Shannon Elizabeth
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jones101
09-30-2012, 01:25 AM
not named Serena? :)

Serena has a great return but it is not consistent, her FH in particular.

Historicly, Id say Seles, currently Id say Azarenka.

Gizo
09-30-2012, 01:41 AM
I think that from their generation, Davenport was actually a better returner than Serena. She had the second best serve of her generation after Serena, and the best return.

Seles's was the best I have seen though.

Warriorroger
09-30-2012, 01:42 AM
Seles: angles-power-consistancy
Davenport: clean shots power

cc0509
09-30-2012, 02:26 AM
I think Seles is up there as one of the best returners of all time.

Today, the three best are Serena, Azarenka and Sharapova.

dangalak
09-30-2012, 10:20 AM
Dementieva ?

The-Champ
09-30-2012, 03:47 PM
Not including Queen Serena?

1. Venus
2. Capriati
3. Seles
4. Davenport

smoledman
09-30-2012, 03:56 PM
Henin was a good returner.

dangalak
09-30-2012, 05:44 PM
Not including Queen Serena?

1. Venus
2. Capriati
3. Seles
4. Davenport

:-? .

NadalAgassi
09-30-2012, 06:29 PM
1. Seles
2. Serena
3. Davenport
4. Evert
5. Venus or Hingis

That is the correct top 5

dangalak
09-30-2012, 07:15 PM
1. Seles
2. Serena
3. Davenport
4. Evert
5. Venus or Hingis

That is the correct top 5

No Dementieva? Capriati? Clijsters? Henin? Azarenka? Sharapova?

NadalAgassi
09-30-2012, 07:19 PM
No Dementieva? Capriati? Clijsters? Henin? Azarenka? Sharapova?

None of those players are better returners than the ones I listed so no. If you disagree make your own list.

PS- I dont even find Henin that great a returner. One reason I thought she never won Wimbledon was she didnt return serve well enough, especialy when she faced big servers like the Williams and Mauresmo in 06. The others you mentioned are very strong returners yes.

dangalak
09-30-2012, 07:21 PM
None of those players are better returners than the ones I listed so no. If you disagree make your own list.

PS- I dont even find Henin that great a returner. One reason I thought she never won Wimbledon was she didnt return serve well enough, especialy when she faced big servers like the Williams and Mauresmo in 06.

I'd say it was her lack of a serve more than anything.

At least Dementieva should be in your list though. Not sure about a top 5 so I'm not gonna make one.

NadalAgassi
09-30-2012, 07:27 PM
Henin's serve wasnt bad. Her serve isnt really any different from Sharapova or Mauresmo who both won Wimbledon in her era. Her return wasnt bad either, just like the serve not one of the very best however. There were numerous players with both better serves and better returns, and combine the two and you got no Wimbledons for Henin. Mauresmo isnt a better returner, but had a bit bigger 1st serve and more reach at the net.

dangalak
09-30-2012, 07:43 PM
Henin's serve wasnt bad. Her serve isnt really any different from Sharapova or Mauresmo who both won Wimbledon in her era. Her return wasnt bad either, just like the serve not one of the very best however. There were numerous players with both better serves and better returns, and combine the two and you got no Wimbledons for Henin. Mauresmo isnt a better returner, but had a bit bigger 1st serve and more reach at the net.

She had abysmal FS%.

I disagree that she didn't have the game to win. She was very well in position to beat Mauresmo, just didn't close it out. Her game in itself isn't insufficient to win her a Wimbledon.

Seles would be a better example. :)

NLBwell
09-30-2012, 08:05 PM
Seles the best ever.

smoledman
09-30-2012, 08:12 PM
Henin had an abysmal FS% because of her lack of height.

dangalak
09-30-2012, 09:03 PM
Henin had an abysmal FS% because of her lack of height.

.....your point being? What else was going to be the cause?