Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by halalula1234, May 25, 2010.
Does she use the continental old school? or the eastern?? its so flat and hard
I think it is Continental...
Check out this picture. It looks like an Eastern forehand to me. The underside of the first knuckle is at 3:00 o'clock. If it were a Continental, it would be at 1:30.
http://www.tenniscelebs.com/images/getty/Kimiko Date Krumm FH 84332857.jpg
She lays the wrist back and hits it very flat - very old school.
She uses the Safina-beating grip, apparently it's effective
ahahah a continental or eastern grip beating this safina chick with a western grip on CLAY!. AMAZING!
Not that amazing really, Safina is the all-time mental midget of the WTA. Still a good solid win for Kimiko though!
Yeah, that does look right.
I was basing my opinion on what I saw of her play in 1996. I think back then it was more of a Continental Grip.
I was watching her match versus Safina last night and I noticed that the paddle motion that she used to have on the forehand has somewhat subsided. That would suggest to me that her grip is more Eastern than before. She even hits with more topspin than I remember.
Her forehand is definitely less awkward than before, but it's still rather awkward (as is her serve) because she is left-handed and was forced to play right-handed. For some this doesn't lead to really awkward strokes, but it definitely did for Date.
What's really impressive is that she has improved her forehand technique over what it was during her prime.
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