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Features — March 1, 2015

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The Finer Points of the Dropshot

For a while, the dropshot seemed to have disappeared from the pro tour, but of late, players like Roger Federer have been using this shot very effectively, and for good reason. Because many modern players position themselves deeper in the court and move so well, they can rum most shots down. The dropshot then is used as either a winning shot or to move an opponent out of his/her comfort zone, elicit a weak response and set up an easy winner on the next shot. — Ken DeHart

Building an Offensive yet Consistent Game

Let's face it, even at the club level, most players believe they have a weapon. Yet, oddly enough many players often make more errors when they are hitting their self-professed weapon than when hitting more neutral shots. So, when factoring in the ratio of winners to errors, sometimes what at first glance appears to be a weapon, may actually lead to a player's downfall. In other words, they may be losing more points than winning when they go for shots aggressively. Dave Smith explains.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Shaui Peng

Two decades ago Monica Seles burst onto the WTA tour and proved that a women could play at the highest levels using two hands on both the forehand and backhand sides. Marion Bartoli reinforced that point when she won the championship at the All England Club using the same playing style. Now there is Shuai Peng from Xiangtan, Hunan, currently ranked 21 in the world also playing with two hands. But whereas,Seles used a conventional two-handed backhand grip on her left-handed forehand, Peng, like Bartoli uses the crossover grip on the forehand side. With the retirement of Li Na, Peng is now the top-ranked Chinese player in both singles and doubles.

TennisOne Newsletter: 10 Burning Tennis Questions for 2015

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A Plan For a Slow Start

So many players label themselves as slow starters, that is they get into a match but they are not really ready to go all out. This can be especially true if this kind of player has an early match. Coach Jorge Capestany often asks players what is their plan if they get down early and all too often they don't have one, The answer may be as simple as playing longer points. Coach Capestany explains.

Why the Strike Zone Is So Important in Tennis

After Andy Murray defused the power game of rising star Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open quarterfinals, Murray revealed a key tactic: “Nick is a huge hitter of the ball, so I tried to keep it out of his strike zone. Tennis, much like baseball has an optimal strike zone. The crucial difference, however, is that while baseball pitchers must throw to a stationary batter into a stationary strike zone, tennis players must move constantly to create strike zones of their own and unlike baseball batters, they must swing at every ball. — Paul Fein

ProStrokes 3.0 — Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza, is a 21 year-old out of Venezuela, currently ranked 24 in singles and has already amassed almost two million dollars in prize money. 2014 was a breakout year, She won her first WTA title at the Hobart International despite having to claw the quallies to get into the main draw and reached the semis at the French Open. At six feet tall, Muguruza moves well and has ample power off both wings. Look for her to climb even higher in 2015.

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