Martina Hingis – master of the net game

Former singles as well as doubles world’s #1 Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI), who was able to hold both #1s for cumulative 27 weeks of her career, is an excellent net player, mainly in doubles. As such, she has, among other qualities, exceptional observation/anticipation skills, great positioning & mobility as well as excellent technique and feeling for the ball. Her doubles qualities brought Czech-Slovak born Martina, who was coached by her mother Melanie Molitor through her entire career, over 50 doubles tour titles, among them 11 Grand Slam doubles titles, and also 5 Grand Slam mixed titles. All as about in April 2017 and counting…

The great quality of Martina’s net game shows in her mostly optimal body energy integration into the strokes leading in most cases to rather calm, but dominant and well-controlled racket motion against the ball/target.

Below are some examples of Martina’s excellent doubles net skills as shown in action during the WTA 250K in Swiss Biel in April 2017. Here, Martina played on the side of Timea Bacsinszky (*89 / SUI) and they reached the finals:

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – The standard position at the net while her partner is serving – strong stance with stored energy and with perfect focus, racket tip is above the net, both elbows far in the front – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – An aggressive net position with the disguise of the intended action while her partner is serving the first service – a lot of stored energy as well as a perfect focus and an excellent racket position – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – A perfect poaching Forehand Volley 3.0 in the move to the side and forward – Martina maintains impact very far in the front of her body and her excellent motion sequence step-hit-step ensures that the body energy is dominating the stroke, the hand is just moderating the amount of the energy transferred onto the racket – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – Well-extended follow-through of a swinging two-handed backhand volley while poaching – great head/body control and solid non-dominant (left here) arm pronation – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – Forehand Volley 3.0 played cross-court while poaching – excellent impact far in the front of the body with an ideal step-hit-step stroke rhythm – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) –  A high swinging volley borderline with overhead – perfect body control – very important stroke for the doubles players – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) net game - WTA 250 K Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) – Smash/overhead 3.0 – 1 of 2 – follow through 1 with a very solid targeted pronation and perfectly controlled body balance – WTA 250 K Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) net game - WTA 250 K Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) – Smash/overhead 3.0 – 2 of 2 – beginning of the follow through 2 – relaxation – Martina’s palm stays for quite long in the pronation position, the reason might be that she has learned the proper pronation on her overheads only quite late in her career – WTA 250 K Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) net game - WTA 250 K Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) – A jammed forehand volley under pressure – good intercept of the stroke into the body without backing up – WTA 250 K Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) net game - WTA 250 K Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) – A great one-handed backhand volley of a difficult ball into the body while advancing to the net after the service – the impact far in the front of the body keeps maintained – WTA 250 K Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – A missed forehand volley in an excellent aggressive poaching position while opponents ball hit the net cord and significantly changed the trajectory – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – A forehand volley – follow through – holding her ground while being under attack  – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – A forehand volley slightly too low – even the best can’t make it every time – still perfectly fulfilling all the fundamentals, just suboptimal action adjustment to the incoming ball characteristics this time – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) net game - WTA 250 K Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*80 / SUI) – A forehand volley under pressure while her partner was receiving – 1 of 3 – ideal position as the partner of the receiver – WTA 250 K in Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) –  A forehand volley under pressure while her partner was receiving –  2 of 3 – moving forward against the ball –  elbow is slightly too far back this time – WTA 250 K in Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) -A forehand volley under pressure while her partner was receiving – 3 of 3 – follow through while maintaining the rhythm step-hit-step – WTA 250 K in Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – Perfect forhand volley drop-shot – 1 0f 2 – contact/impact far in front – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) - net game - Biel / Switzerland - April 2017

Martina Hingis (*1980 / SUI) – Perfect forehand volley drop-shot – 2 of 2 – taking the power off the stroke during the follow through 1 – Biel / Switzerland – April 2017

 

This article covers merely some aspects of Martina Hingis’ the net game. More photos and information about her strokes/game and the net game, in general, are available upon request at drmgb11(at)gmail.com

 

Photos (April 2017) & text (May 2017) copyright by Dr. Martin G. Baroch. Any further publication of either photos or text with the written permission of the author/copyright holder only!!!

 

DrMGB
Dr. Martin G. Baroch (alias DrMGB) - CPTA's Vice-president - Director of Education and Certifications, long-time USPTA International Head Tester and member of the USPTA Education Committee, owner of the Martin Baroch Tennis Academy & Human Performance Center (MBTA & HPC)
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