Say you are captain of a 7.5 combo doubles team. You have a strong 4.0 player, and you have to pick a partner for her. Even though the 4.0 is by far the strongest player on the team, she cannot win a doubles match by herself. She needs the right type of partner. If she has the wrong kind of partner, she could conceivably be beaten in a game of Xtreme Keep-Away. Opponents can be expected to target the partner and avoid the 4.0 with every shot. Here are the 3.5 players you could choose to play with the 4.0. And yes, the names have been changed to protect . . . well, to protect me! Linda: Linda has good placement on groundstrokes but lacks pace. Steady overall but cannot finish a point. Weaknesses are footspeed/footwork/movement and shot variety. Tends to get pinned in the back corner with two at net, or comes to net but stops in no-man's land and gets passed. Weak overhead, weak but reliable serve. Emily: Has a penetrating serve. Struggles with volleys and overheads. Tends to push/lob FH groundies and struggles with BH. Does not come to net and lacks passing shot/lob when pinned in back corner. Weak positioning and court awareness. Wendy: Singles player. Quick and fit, gets every ball back from the baseline. Does not volley or poach. Uncomfortable at net and will backpedal; will not transition. Struggles when opponents take the net due to lack of lob and dipper, but will make them volley. Carol: Good agility, quickness and net play. Will transition but can make sitter first volleys. Makes too many UEs by being overly ambitious, overhitting, or bad footwork. Good court sense/positioning/awareness. Effective serve. Mary: Hits a very heavy ball from the baseline. Volleys/overhead are great some days but poor other days. Poor agility. Good positioning. Can sometimes DF 3-4 times in a service game. Who would you pick?