Greatest Two-Handed Shot OAT

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  1. BTURNER

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    A curious note, when Evert was doing commentary on a Seles match, she was asked by Collins which side of Seles games was most dangerous. She found the backhand was better,because it could do just about everything the forehand could in power, angle etc, but had more variety in spin, pace etc. She was more likely to throw her heavy topspin, her underspin and dropshot off that wing as well as drive it mercilessly like a cannonball.

    the reason I pick Evert's twohander over Seles, is that it has been proven more effective on grass, or less of a liability than other two handers vs heavy slice and S/V tactics. Seles just did not have enough experience handling the surface or the quality and variety of S/V games. Anyone care to guess where Billie jean King or Margaret Court would send their underspin approaches if playing Monica? All Monica has to do is dig it out of the torn up dirt down the center or on either sideline, lift it up and over,generate pace and angle, and keep it in the court and out of their racket reach time and time and time. The tough part for her groundstrokes, is bending down and digging it out and lifting it over. Personally, I think King would approach down the center. But at least with those two you might ascertain a strategy and anticipate on a big point, with Evonne or Hana, good luck! Evert did not just pass one great grass courter at Wimbledon or Kooyung, Newport, or Eastbourne, with that backhand. Her grass resume is almost more impressive than clay or hard. Passing well is not just about generating power and being steady.
     
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    I can't think of any women's two hander that I would pick over Evert's backhand.
     
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    Best is one thing, but the most beautiful 2 handed bhs I have ever seen :

    Men : Mecir

    Women : Hingis
     
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    I remember Hans Gildemeister and Gene Mayer from the Orange Bowl Tournament back in the early 70's. Back then, Billy Martin, who hit a 2hb, was still the best player in 18's, although Howard Schoenfeld, the best player in the 16's, was also the best junior in the World at any age.

    I also saw John Alexander beat Stan Smith in a WCT tournament, also in the early 70's. I'll never for get either serve. Both beautiful, unique and huge. Alexander's was a bit bigger, but, I would say Smith's serve was the more reliable under pressure.
     
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    On this I concur. Hingis has a beautiful, balanced stroke. It would be in my top three or four most effective two handers. But it is a demerit for a two-hander to 'cheat' with a one handed slice beyond desperation.
     
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    Jaeger´s 2 HB was phenomenal and had a lot of variety in spins and angles and speed
     
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    She had all the shots on the backhand wing, and used them. It lacked a little of the sheer weight, that Austin and Evert had behind theirs but then again she still had some growing and filling out to do to make the most of physical training. The timing was there.
     
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    I agree completely.She lacked weight, but she was very nice to watch.
     
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    In fact, somehow she reminded me a bit Hingis, just that Hingis was a winner and Andrea not.And Hingis was a brilliant volleyer, probably the last one on the women´s tour, while Jaeger was a baseliner.
     
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    I thought Hingis had a greater variety of skills, better touch, as you said also Hingis was a great volley. If only Hingis had a decent second serve.
     
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    Jaeger´s touch from the baseline, including amazing drop shots was second to none for a while
     
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