I watched a very interesting junior women's tennis match the other day. First off these girls had obviously had a lot of coaching. Judging from the amount of on court equipment and the size of their bags, they'd obviously put a lot of money into their games. The winner had a very interesting style. She hit everything about high as she could. If you weren't willing to step in and take the ball on the rise, the ball would just bounce right over your head. It wasn't a pretty style but it seemed quite effective. Her opponent didn't know how to deal with it. She tried stepping in and attacking some balls, but this is higher risk play and she ended up having to hit four or five very difficult flat shots to finish the lobber off. To me this pressure of having to step in and finish the point, was a recipe for losing at all but the highest levels. Who really has that kind of control to hit four five flat groundstrokes in a row to finish off a lobber. I certainly don't. Granted in the mens game I think I could have used my height, strength, net coverage, and serve enough to make lobbing a less effective strategy. But for this girl who got beat it was painful to watch. Her strokes were stellar. She could really rocket the ball off her forehand and backhand for her size, but even at her level (probably junior tournament girls level) she didn't seem to have the tools (footspeed, stamina, net coverage) to put away a player with that lobbing strategy. None of her fine stroking seemed to matter when all she seemed to see were balls a half a foot over her head backing her up to the fence. What would you tell her if you were her coach? How do you deal with that? Didn't Tracy Austin use this method to frustrate her opponents to no end? What finally beat her? Did the women at the top just get bigger, stronger, and faster, or is there a better strategy to dealing with the lobber?