Dementieva's serve--is it improved?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Noelle, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. Noelle

    Noelle Hall Of Fame

    Oct 22, 2004
    A few months ago when I first came onto this board, y'all were ragging her about her serve. Dementieva: Worst serve for a top-ten player?

    Now, as I'm watching her at the Watsons Water Challenge in Hong Kong, I keep hearing the commentator say that she's improved her serve. Personally I don't see anything funky with it. What did she use to do that made the serve so bad?

    Just curious.
  2. Nike Tennis2005

    Nike Tennis2005 Rookie

    Jan 6, 2005
    She doesnt have a second serve. No power on her first.
  3. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Feb 22, 2004
    By the end of last year she was serving at 70%, 7 I'm glad to see it still. She had develped a side-arm serve when she was injured, and it had become a habit she couldn't break. I guess she & her coach Olga Morozova, (a Wimbledon finalist) worked on a normal serve and she learned that she can serve this way & serve well. It's great to see, because that weird serve was really holding back her game and she's a great player. Look out for Elena in 2005.
  4. Power Game

    Power Game Professional

    Jun 30, 2004
    She hit almost exlusively slice, by tossing really far to the right. It was very inconsistent also, she lost many games with 4 double faults in a row. I think it started with a back injury so, as pound cat said, she started using side arm.
  5. equinox

    equinox Hall of Fame

    Nov 19, 2004
    Cocos Islands, WA
    Elena "Demented" Dementieva has an Anna Kournikova @ aussie open like double faulting habit.

    Her serve basically sucks. When serving she tosses the ball away from herself and chases it.

    She has one service type, a wicked slice. Rest of her serves are all lollipops.

    I noticed in the hong kong doubles match vs william sisters. When pressure was applied her serving form went to pieces which resulted in doubles faults.

    PS: Despite all of demented's faults.. I still think she's really hot.
  6. Brettolius

    Brettolius Professional

    Apr 5, 2004
    Beyond Thunderdome
    i concur with equinox. her serve sucks, her groundies are great, and she deserves to get "railed" but alas, "i am not her..."
  7. Tenny

    Tenny Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    I began playing tennis about 2.5 years ago. I haven't had any lesson or coaching but I read a lot here (thanks guys), read books, watch video/DVD, and think a lot to improve my game. Since I understand Bernoille's principle and figured out different serve motions, now I serve quite well and hardly lose my serve game. Although I am not sure whether I am doing things correctly, I try to mix flat, slice, top spin, other my own versions as well as where I stand to serve etc. It works great. So, even I know the importance of serve and figured out how to maximize the efficiency of it.

    That said, when I saw her playing for the first time (against Serena W at Miami), I was quite surprised. Her strokes, movements are actually very good. But serve was...pathetic. I couldn't enjoy the match because I became nervous whenever she serves ^^. Well, I cannot erase that "I am not her" thing but still it will be very nice if she improves her serve... Is it a habit hard to break or she still has that physical problem which prevents her from serving well (or normally)? She can make a good competitor.
  8. Nyl

    Nyl Rookie

    Apr 19, 2004
    her serve has incredibly improved from the worst to moderate level. I'm surprised she picks up her serves so fast and efficient. although there'r still rooms for improvement, she's definitly going to the right direction.
  9. el_mago

    el_mago Semi-Pro

    Jan 1, 2005
    Her serve is absolutely a lot better, but it still needs more improvement. It's amazing how much more effective it is now.
  10. AndrewD

    AndrewD Legend

    Dec 11, 2004
    Perhaps she'd had some coaching from Miroslav Mecir lol. As beautiful and effective as his game was when he got the 'yips' his serve was appalling. I remember reading about him serving underarm in a match against Connors (?) and saw the whole thing fall apart one year in the Aus Open final against Lendl.
    Another who has a pretty shaky serve, when the nerves hit, is Karol Kucera. His coach for a time, none other than Mecir lol.

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