Radwanska hits tweener

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I'm more surprised that she, a woman, willingly approached the net.
She plays a fair amount of doubles, sometimes with sister, Urszula. In doubs, she has reached the SF round at AO and USO and QF 2x at FO. I seem to recall Urszula hitting a tweener in practice (but it may have been some other female player).

A-Rad is hardly the first female to it the tweener in competition. I've seen Patricia Tarabini, an Argentine, hit dozens/scores of tweeners and numerous other trick shots in competition -- in both singles and doubles. She was extremely gifted/athletic and very creative in her shot-making. Something of a "Gael Monifls" or "Yannick Noah" back in the day. She was a top 30 singles player in the late 80s but was known more as a doubles player from the mid-90s to the mid-00s. Has 15 WTA doubles titles to her credit as well as a bronze medal for doubles in Athens 2004. Not seen her since the mid-00s but I had heard that she is now living/teaching in San Diego.

Former WTA doubles #1, Gigi Fernández, was also quite capable of hitting the tweener as well as other trick shots. She was featured in a how-to article/pictorial in Tennis Magazine (Aug 1990) in a piece entitled, "How to Hit Hot Shots". She explained & demontstrated how to hit the tweener and a number of other trick shots.
 

Jack Romeo

Professional
...I've seen Patricia Tarabini, an Argentine, hit dozens/scores of tweeners and numerous other trick shots in competition -- in both singles and doubles. She was extremely gifted/athletic and very creative in her shot-making. Something of a "Gael Monifls" or "Yannick Noah" back in the day. She was a top 30 singles player in the late 80s but was known more as a doubles player from the mid-90s to the mid-00s. Has 15 WTA doubles titles to her credit as well as a bronze medal for doubles in Athens 2004. Not seen her since the mid-00s but I had heard that she is now living/teaching in San Diego.
don't forget that other argentine, gabriela sabatini... didn't they used to call this shot the saba-tweenie?
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Oh my dawg! How could I forget model/tennis jock, Sabatini? She, like Tarabini, turned pro in the mid-80s. Only got to see her once in person (but have seen Tarabini at Stanford numerous times). Sadly, she retired from tennis at 26. But, during her era, she was possibly the most prolic tweener-er. Even more that Agassi. Hence, the name, Saba-tweeni. I think it might have been Mary Carillo that coined the term.

Gabby looked like a model but walked like a jock -- a very athletic/energetic style of play with very heavy topspin. Helluva 1-handed BH to boot. She had something of a rivalry with Graf, who she upset at the USO in '90. Graf lead the h2h at 29-11. However, in finals against each other, Sabatini fared somewhat better -- 6 wins to Graf's 10.
 
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