Mauresmo's final strategy

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  1. Radical Shot

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    Watching the match live in Rod Laver Arena, it was very evident to me that Mauresmo had a plan to remove Justine's backhand weapon. She hit so many balls to her backhand, but made sure they were loopy, high-bouncing balls. Justine could not be offensive on these balls, and instead constantly backed off to hit a mediocre backhand - often playing metres behind the baseline. Sick or not, I don't think you can do much with this type of ball, if you have a one-handed backhand like Justine's.

    Amelie kept the backhand pressure on until an easy put-away came up. Very clever play in my book.

    I think this is a great tactic for all players who have an extreme grip, one handed backhand. Hit it deep, loopy and try to get as much bounce on the ball as possible. The player will either have to risk hitting it early, or back off and play defensively.
     
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  2. FuriousYellow

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    I was listening the Brad Gilbert's pre-game analysis on ESPN before the match and that's one of the key things he said Mauresmo needed to do. I thought she should have done more of that in her match against Clijsters because Hingis forced Kim into a lot of errors by using the same strategy in the previous match.

    Mauresmo did a great job of executing that strategy. Most of those high bouncing shots were deep in the service box and were pushing JHH well behind the baseline.

    Mary Jo Fernandez commented Henin-Hardenne's coach told her to keep the ball in the center of the court. I'm guessing their assumption was that JHH could outlast Amelie in those vertical rallies and force her into trying to go for too much, but their strategy backfired and it was Justine who ended up trying to go for too much.

    I'm curious to see if we're going to see more of this strategy being used in 06' by players who don't play with a lot of power.
     
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  3. dmastous

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    It's actually a fairly common strategy agianst one handed backhands, but it can backfire agianst two handers. Especially on clay.
    What Henin needed to do was either come inside the baseline and try to take the ball on the rise (in her hitting zone), or chip and charge, or try and bring Muresmo in and pass her. Any one of these strategies would have made Muresmo change tactics.
    The question was, was Henin capapble of applying any of them
     
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  4. MasterTS

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    ANy strategy she had she would have started choking when it got near the end of the match... Then she would have lost it.
     
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  5. GrahamIsSuper

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    She is perfectly capable of playing to her strengths. The problem was, she was playing like an idiot. Move back and hit a ball from the fence? not only is it an incredibly defensive shot, give your opponent more angles, but it is a STUPID thing to do. She entirely got shut down on her biggest weapon. Absolutely mind boggling to see one of the most multi-dimensional players to get shut down by such a simple strategy.
     
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  6. Shabazza

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    For a complex problem, there is most likely a simple solution!
     
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  7. Shabazza

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    :rolleyes:
     
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  8. C_Urala

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    Sorry, but I don't get it. Mauresmo hits 1hbh herself. So, the same strategy could be applied against her. JHH could just reply with the same loopy BH to Mauresmo BH. So, where is the cleverness?
     
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  9. Marius_Hancu

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    yes, Brad was correct on this one.
     
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  10. Marius_Hancu

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    well, for one thing, Mauresmo's taller. easier for her to process such balls.

    something else: JHH grip is more extreme.

    however, the difference was made on that day IMO mainly not by the strategies, but the energy they each had in store, which in the end confirmed or dismissed the strategies.

    JHH was deficient on that day in that respect, she wasn't able to force the game and hit more winners at critical junctures. Mauresmo was moving too well.
     
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  11. C_Urala

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    This makes sense. I should've figured it out myself ;)

    Here I don't understand again. If JHH has a "more western" grip, this should somewhat compensate her lack of height. Am I missing something?

    Agree. Thanks, Marius.
     
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  12. Slazenger

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    I agree with you C Urala.
    JHH uses a semi western BH grip. I used to use this grip when I played with a 1 hander and it is the best 1handed grip for high balls. You can really drive it back or add more topspin to the shot.

    My coach had a drill where he would hit high loopy balls to my bh side and I would hit with heavy topspin back to him for 4 shots and on the 5th shot I step in flatten out my return to end the point dtl.

    The grip is also good for hitting on the rise because of how closed the racquet face gets.

    The problem with the grip is it requires a much more physical swing, than the eastern or strong continental and if you get tired your stroke quickly starts looking defensive.

    For this reason I believe JHH was really sick. It would explain why Mauresmo would be able to get away with such a strategy that JHH could have easily neutralized.
     
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