The Serve: Where Are We Now?
The Women

John Yandell

What do we see technically when we look at the serves of elite women?

In the last two articles we have focused on the commonalities in high level serves (Click Here) and on the differences (Click Here.) All the examples have been men.

So in this article let's look closely at some elite women. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Sam Stosur, and Justine Henin. All were very effective servers.

After the first two articles I got some emails asking why I hadn't chosen any women for the models. And the answer is that as effective as these women are or were, we can find technical flaws in all their motions—with the exception of Justine who I will address at the end.

Still I am adding the women examples to the Side by Side section of the site for those who want to study these players more closely. (Click Here.)

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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