Originally Posted by julian
Li Na does a combination of a split step plus another step
Another step looks like a "shuffle" step
Is it efficient?
I have not really watched Li Na closely on her ROS so I'm not sure what your description of her ROS footwork really means. Do you have a link that show this (or are you expecting me to watch her final against Vika)?
I did come across the following video of Li Na but it seems a bit different from what you have described. It looks a lot like the Berdych ROS footwork that I described in post #11. It looks like she performs a couple of preparatory mini-bounces followed by an actual split-step. I assume that the latter happens at/near ball contact and the 2 prep mini-bounces are probably happening as the server tosses the ball.