Sue Barker could hit! Great ground strokes.

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  1. DRII

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    Was watching a 1977 mixed doubles match between Barker/Borg vs Nastase/Navratilova. Sue had a great forehand and ground strokes generally. Especially considering her wooden racquet.

    I wonder what she could have done with modern equipment. I think her forehand would have been at least the equal of Kim Clijsters.
     
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  2. jones101

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    She did win the FO, so Im sure she would have been a decent player with talent, I have never seen her play before and suprised she has played doubles with Borg, I haven't heard them talk about it once during wimby over the years
     
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    Not surprised about Sue with Borg:)

    It's not as if Cliff was jealous!
     
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    A lot of people thought she had the best forehand in tennis at the time.
     
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    She did indeed have an amazing forehand at the time!
     
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  6. DRII

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    Interesting that Martina was the only one using a graphite racquet.
     
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    Any video clips of that? :)
     
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  8. DRII

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    No... sorry
     
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  9. boris becker 1

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    she is a milf
     
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    Sue Barker used a western forehand grip in the days of the wood rackets. Insane
     
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    Sue Barker = good forehand, won the French Open. Today, dour, uptight tennis commentator for the BBC.

    As for "wooden westerns," there was a guy 'Little' Bill Johnston (a rival of Tilden's) who used a full-western grip with a 'windshield-wiper' finish way back when (was #1 in the world in 1919).
     
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  12. jimbo333

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    What are you talking about:evil:

    Sue is great, genuine and a good laugh as well!

    (And she is a presenter, not a commentator, and have you ever seen Question of Sport on BBC1?)
     
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    SueBarker, the stuff we dreamed about back when we were young.
     
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  14. Frank Silbermann

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    Nevertheless, she hit the ball rather flat, as she used the correct stance and swing path which most players used in those days. The western grip gave her a stronger hold on the racket, but forced a sharper-than-correct elbow bend in order to open the racket face, thereby limiting her reach. Since she kind of small and quick, this was not too great a disadvantage for her. Thus, she was one of those players who were said to have successfully compensated for the disadvantages of unorthodox (i.e. incorrect) technique, while benefiting from its advantages.
     
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