Women’s Tennis: The Beauty of the Power Game
Professional women tennis players have certainly never hit harder, and it’s not just on account of improved equipment. They’re stronger, bigger, faster, better trained and pushed above all by the example of the Williams sisters. Serena, glorious and musclebound, and Venus, long-limbed and tall, have redefined the sport around power. Years ago, tennis writers used to call Martina Navratilova, listed at 5-foot-8 and lean, a giantess with popping veins, because other women seemed weaklings by comparison. Now most tour players would dwarf her.
Venus and Serena Williams raised the bar for everyone. This is a basic truth about the Williams sisters, held among professional watchers of the sport as well as by players. Women’s tennis, based on grinding power, is for better and worse all about the present-day greatness and influence of the Williams sisters.
The Beauty of the Power Game is a wonderful slow-motion video that features some of the more powerful players today: Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur, Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva.
There is a richly detailed article about how power has transformed women’s tennis in The New York Times here.
The Beauty of the Power Game (Slow-Motion)
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