serve and volley dead

markwillplay

Hall of Fame
no way a player on the pro level can defeat a top 10 grinder these days........should only be used as a surprise tactic. Poly strings and all....just no way....maybe down at the lower rec levels......;)
 

Demented

Rookie
Oh please, that was pure stubbornness on the part of Halep. She did absolutely nothing to break the pattern and kept feeding balls directly to the girls forehand volley. It's like she thought she was playing a righty. If she'd have thrown in an ocassional high block return or a lob or pretty much anything to keep Townsend guessing then that would have ended differently.
 

Max G.

Legend
Maybe. I wish you were right - I do like serve and volley more than the endless baseline grinding.

But Taylor Townsend is barely in the top 100, career-high rank of 61. Sure, she got a good win. Dustin Brown on the mens side also gets the occasional big wins serving and volleying, and that doesn't mean S&V is "back".

I sure hope I'm wrong and Taylor Townsend goes on to win the US Open and then Wimbledon and then many more playing like this. I might watch more WTA than ATP if that's how this goes. But I'm not holding my breath.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
no way a player on the pro level can defeat a top 10 grinder these days........should only be used as a surprise tactic. Poly strings and all....just no way....maybe down at the lower rec levels......;)
I don’t think Sampras would be too successful with today’s slow courts and poly strings . His groundies are zero compared to the big 3
 

markwillplay

Hall of Fame
Looked like Townsend was quite comfortable up there. Not sure it matters that she does not have a high ranking. Haley might have been stubborn but she is a consistent top player and she did not play awful at all. I am not saying that sv would dominate, just saying that if kids grew up playing that way now, it would be effective. The game goes the way coaches coach. Not a debate, just fun to watch someone get positive results with it.
 

Bukowski

Professional
I caught the end the the third set. Very impressive all court game. Never seen her play so well before. She’s be ranked top 20 for sure if her fitness was better.
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
Oh please, that was pure stubbornness on the part of Halep. She did absolutely nothing to break the pattern and kept feeding balls directly to the girls forehand volley. It's like she thought she was playing a righty. If she'd have thrown in an ocassional high block return or a lob or pretty much anything to keep Townsend guessing then that would have ended differently.
Well if it was so easy why didn't she do it,
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
Townsend is great, i hope she wins heaps more. Surprise package of the WTA I'm a fan if she keeps playing like that. Some sweet stop volleys and redirects off her toes
 
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