I'm wondering which player is the better partner for me. They stack up like this: Groundstrokes: Karen has big groundies that many opponents struggle to return -- pace, depth, topspin. She will miss sometimes. Melissa has groundies that resemble Chris' Everett strokes from back in the day -- floaty, no spin, not much pace, but consistent and accurate placement. Melissa is in trouble if two opponents take the net and gets flustered if the net player is active, whereas Karen can blast a passing shot. Serve: Karen has a topspin serve that opponents struggle to return. Trouble is, she DFs a lot. It is easy to poach off of Karen's serve, and Karen has never been broken when we've played together. Melissa has a very steady serve -- each one right up the middle of the box with no pace, spin or variety. It is hard to poach off of her serve, and she is more likely to be broken because opponents can tee off on it if they have the skills. Volleys: I'd say they are about equal. Karen hits her volleys harder but misses into the net a lot. Melissa doesn't put much on her volleys and thus may hit sitters or not put away balls she should or get passed down the alley, but her placement is sneaky. Movement: Neither is fast, but it is easier to get a lob over Melissa than Karen. Karen has much better footwork overall. Both will transition to net. In general, Melissa is very successful against opponents who do not hit with pace but it gets ugly if the pace picks up. Karen doesn't mind pace but makes a lot more UEs; I sometimes do not hold serve when playing with Karen because of UEs. With Melissa, I often hold serve without her hitting a ball. Who is the stronger partner?