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Old 01-01-2013, 02:42 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by suwanee4712 View Post
As usual, you are spot on. I do regard Jana as a smart player, but Pam's tennis brain and nerve is better. One of the smartest tactics that Shriver used so well was when she recognized a sliced approach coming towards her she would step in and volley the approach shot away before the netrusher could get into position. Very few players could do this well consistently. It's a tactic that would've helped Jana.

I would give the edge on the volley to Jana. There would be no doubt on that if Jana's grip didn't prevent her from hitting a true down the line forehand volley.
Shriver loved to come in down the center of the court and deny angle, with her great reach and overhead, only the absolute best pass or lob worked. She also occasionally threw up a moonball and followed it in. Again she got enough time to get in good position no matter how far back she started, and with the high bounce, it could make things complicated for the passer. Just exceptionally clever, and always thinking of ways to use her more limited arsenal in new patterns to mix things up. She had a more solid volley than Jana, but Jana could make the glorious and touch volleys better.
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