Speed and Spin in the Current Women's Game

Jim Fawcette

What can we really know about womens' speed and spin?

Compared with last month's piece on men's groundstrokes, (Click Here) average speeds for the top pro women don't seem to have changed much over the years. But spin rates may have–although it is difficult to say for certain due to the lack of data compared with what we found for the men.

While the ATP provides average speeds and spins for groundstrokes, the WTA does not. So to get women's data I had to resort to getting speed and spin in a limited way from the majors, which have widely varying reporting systems. The speed data shown here comes from the French Open in 2023.

Speed Averages at Roland Garros 2023

Forehand Backhand 1st Serve 2nd Serve
Iga Swiatek736610185
Aryna Sabalenka757110787
Elena Rybakina736810988
Jessica Pegula706610286
Caroline Garica686511194
Ons Jabeur65629980
Coco Gauff666610287

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James E. Fawcette is a retired, serial entrepreneur in technology publishing and a long-time tennis fan. His opinions and unforced errors in this article are his own. Data is from Roland-Garros, Fédération française de tennis, via the Infosys Match Center.

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