Sharapova plays lefty

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  1. watungga

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    Anyone with a solid two hander on the pro tour should be able to comfortably hit a lefty forehand. And they are naturally hitting right handed forehands, which is essentially a lefty backhand.
     
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    OK, color me impressed. She was taking short balls at her feet off her lefty fh. The form is good too.

    I hurt my right wrist a few years ago and goofed around hitting lefty, including a 1hbh. It was just with foam balls against a wall, but I was really surprised at how quickly it started to feel natural. The one thing I could NOT do was serve.

    So if you're naturally lefty why do you play right handed? She obviously felt it worked better for her and she played at a high level both ways. But a lefty always has an advantage in that they're a lot less common, plus it seems like the serve is always going to be better from the side you feel most comfortable throwing with.
     
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    I'm impressed also. I would think she would be even more dominant playing her natural side.

    Boggles the mind how good she is playing righty actually
     
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    I know lots of 4.0 level players who hit almost as good forehands on either side. That's why they're 4.0, they practice both and neither enough.
    I hit a better rightie forehand than lefty forehand. I'm 4.0.
    I know a 5.0 winner of the local tourney who hits harder forehand lefty than rightie, and he's right handed.
    Ambi doesn't mean much, just practice possibly better served using your normal side.
     
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    This is how she will finally beat Serena again.
     
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    Like karate kid movie...injured her right arm and then served lefty on MP? :)
     
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    You don't think the fact that they're only 4.0 might have something to do with the fact that the vast majority of tennis players never go above 3.5?
     
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    I play with a 5.0 guy who just switches hand, no BH..

    he was a world ranked Squash player when he was young, though, probably has above average hand-eye!
     
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    if you are are natural lefty, why would play right handed?

    I guess it's worked for her though..

    I wonder which hand she chokes a chicken with?
     
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    did you know Rafa is actually naturally right handed?
     
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    what was his squash backhand like?!
     
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