Hsieh-Amazing Racquet Skills

jacob22

Professional
#1
Watched her run Wozniacki around today on a string. This woman has amazing racquet/hand skills. Redirects every ball with just her hands and wrist. Traditional tennis teaching goes out the window in terms of open stance/closed stance, windshield wiper follow through, transferring weight, using hips for power, etc. Is it even possible to learn this unorthodox style successfully?
 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
#3
I think it can be learned, but as with everything it takes practice. Hsieh has always lacked the power of the big girls so she HAD to adapt and play in a way she was able to and that was by redirecting pace and direction. Amazing player who diesn’t get the credit she deserves. This kind of tennis is a lot more interesting than endless topspin shots hit with loud shrieks and grunting.
 
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#4
Watched her run Wozniacki around today on a string. This woman has amazing racquet/hand skills. Redirects every ball with just her hands and wrist. Traditional tennis teaching goes out the window in terms of open stance/closed stance, windshield wiper follow through, transferring weight, using hips for power, etc. Is it even possible to learn this unorthodox style successfully?
Some people just know how to hit the ball. Similar to Fognini I suppose on the men's side. I bet Hsieh is most efficient player out there, very little wasted muscle energy, its all timing and racquet skills.
 

skaj

Professional
#6
Great hands, wonderful creativity, excellent movement also - she uses the court so well, no unnecessary steps. I guess you need some talent for all of this, not sure everyone can learn it.
 
#10
Her doubles backgrounds definitely help her singles. She hits angles like doubles player. She has no rhythms, unlike typical singles players.

According to USA Today, she credits her long time coach Paul McNamee to encourage her to "continue playing singles, even after she rose to the top in doubles".

Looking forward to watch her next match(es). It's going to be tough for her physically, as she's still in both singles and doubles.
 
#12
On a side note...Did she get a contract from Nike? The previous match she was wearing her regular unmarked clothes, she beat Osaka and now had full Nike gear in the Caroline match.
 
#14
On a side note...Did she get a contract from Nike? The previous match she was wearing her regular unmarked clothes, she beat Osaka and now had full Nike gear in the Caroline match.
Do not think so because they all wear the same white top, gray bottom Nike tennis outfit unless they have their own signature Nike apparel line like Rafa or Maria. I think the black Nike’s is something someone gave her while being on the tour.
 
#16
Do not think so because they all wear the same white top, gray bottom Nike tennis outfit unless they have their own signature Nike apparel line like Rafa or Maria. I think the black Nike’s is something someone gave her while being on the tour.
I think it was a Nike top and Adidas bottom so no she not sponsored.
 
#18
On a side note...Did she get a contract from Nike? The previous match she was wearing her regular unmarked clothes, she beat Osaka and now had full Nike gear in the Caroline match.
I was wondering the same thing ... I actually think she was wearing an adidas skirt early in the tournament.

But to address the OP, I am a fan as well and agree that she has amazing racquet skills. I think her volleys could be better, given the hand skills, but her ground game would be difficult to teach IMO. Seems she plays this way out of necessity ... not sure anyone would do so intentionally in todays power driven game.
 
#20
She was wearing a Nike shirt, UA hat, and adidas shorts, and she's been using discontinued, unstencilled Yonex racquets (RDS002 Tour/VCORE Duel G) for as long as I can remember. Someone please give her a sponsorship, please!
Even if she isn't sponsored, doesn't she make enough money to buy decent equipment and clothes? Sometimes she looks unprofessional in her attire.
 

lacoster

Professional
#22
Even if she isn't sponsored, doesn't she make enough money to buy decent equipment and clothes? Sometimes she looks unprofessional in her attire.
She buys all her clothes and equipment off the rack, with the exception of her racquets, which she gets custom extended by **** to fit her two handed strokes on both sides. I don't think she cares what anyone thinks if she keeps winning.
 
#24
Also something else to add about Hsieh's racquet skills, she has both hands on forehand and backhand so more control over her racquet face and ground strokes.

Her serve she doesn't even do the trophy pose much. Though she does have great legs since she still has to be able to defend all the hard hitters. If someone with her racquet skills without legs able to run and defend, they won't be nearly as successful as Su-Wei.
 
#25
Do not think so because they all wear the same white top, gray bottom Nike tennis outfit unless they have their own signature Nike apparel line like Rafa or Maria. I think the black Nike’s is something someone gave her while being on the tour.
I think it was a Nike top and Adidas bottom so no she not sponsored.
I was wondering the same thing ... I actually think she was wearing an adidas skirt early in the tournament.

But to address the OP, I am a fan as well and agree that she has amazing racquet skills. I think her volleys could be better, given the hand skills, but her ground game would be difficult to teach IMO. Seems she plays this way out of necessity ... not sure anyone would do so intentionally in todays power driven game.
She was wearing a Nike shirt, UA hat, and adidas shorts, and she's been using discontinued, unstencilled Yonex racquets (RDS002 Tour/VCORE Duel G) for as long as I can remember. Someone please give her a sponsorship, please!
Thanks yeah she usually wears just whatever. So seeing her in a Nike top threw me off. She should be sponsored by Yonex too Imo.
 
#29
Perfect opportunity for NOLABEL (a Dutch company that makes clothing) to sponsor her. Also for 'The Unbranded Brand'.

Just noticed in the video that even her tennis bag has no label.
 
#31
Male equivalent would be Adrian Mannarino
She's able to win again Woz - as Woz can't generate (much) pace on her own, and falls right into the trap, almost like she did with Nicolescu. Against a big hitter, good at at angling shots, she'd struggle, just as Mannarino sometimes does.
 
#32
She's able to win again Woz - as Woz can't generate (much) pace on her own, and falls right into the trap, almost like she did with Nicolescu. Against a big hitter, good at at angling shots, she'd struggle, just as Mannarino sometimes does.
I'm talking about her outfit and not having sponsors like Mannarino. You should read posts before to understand what we were talking about.
 
#33
I'm talking about her outfit and not having sponsors like Mannarino. You should read posts before to understand what we were talking about.
Chill down. Read the thread title.
I just saw Mannarino mentionned and thought he was a great example of a male counterpart to her playing style, but it seems you are more interested in comparing their clothing. Different strokes, I guess ...
 
#34
Chill down. Read the thread title.
I just saw Mannarino mentionned and thought he was a great example of a male counterpart to her playing style, but it seems you are more interested in comparing their clothing. Different strokes, I guess ...
Maybe they also play similar, haven't seen much of Mannarino but I suppose.
 
#35
something strange Ive noticed...
hsieh and venus williams have been on tour for over 20 years each but never met once in singles. im wondering who would win that match now?

on a side note, is hsieh the only player in the world to use the throat of the racquet intentionally during points? i have never seen any other two handed player using the throat to reset her grip.
 

skaj

Professional
#36
something strange Ive noticed...
hsieh and venus williams have been on tour for over 20 years each but never met once in singles. im wondering who would win that match now?

on a side note, is hsieh the only player in the world to use the throat of the racquet intentionally during points? i have never seen any other two handed player using the throat to reset her grip.
That would be a match I would like to watch, especially a few years ago when Venus was in better form, and on grass.
 
#37
Just popping in to say I, too, really admire her skill with a racquet. She is mega fun to watch and she's a threat to most all the female players, I think. She isn't particularly young, but I hope she sticks around and improves some more!
 
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