What happened to the overhead in women's tennis?

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  1. Arafel

    Arafel Professional

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    I don't get it. Everybody seems to hit the swinging volley now. Check out this video from the 86 French Open final between Martina and Chris. Chris wasn't really a net player, but watch her combination overhead/volley at the 1:30 mark. Then watch her hit a drop volley on match point. I miss seeing tennis like this.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=A-SzAAACcJI

    I can see the swinging volley making sense from inside the baseline as a way to approach, but why do players hit a swinging volley at the net instead of an overhead?
     
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  2. superman1

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    The overhead is more physical. There's also more pressure in hitting it.

    The women are all pussies...well...
     
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  3. superstition

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    Not another one-sided highlight reel. The 1984 French that the Tennis Channel rebroadcast had Navratilova hit an unreturnable smash from the baseline. Now that was impressive. She should have stuck with the R-27.
     
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  4. crazylevity

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    It left the game when Henin retired.
     
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  5. tennis_hand

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    I was wondering about the same question over and over again when I watch women's tennis. they only know how to swing volley.

    ya. henin is the last one I saw.
     
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  6. bigtennis

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    Yeah, you don't see as many overheads as in the past. Sadly, another thing that left with Henin.
     
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