Today's coaching tip is a good counter-punching strategy but can also be used in any old point, especially if the opponent is constantly playing to your backhand.
Simply put you play a high, deep topspin crosscourt (CC) backhand, then a low slice down the line (DTL). Your aim is to push the opponent right back in the court and force him or her to play above the shoulder height with the most likely return to be a short CC slice, or something mid-court. Having anticipated the short return you move forwards cutting down your opponent's reaction time down and playing your DTL shot. This means she has less reaction time they have to cover a lot of court to reach the ball. Another benefit from forcing her to play the high ball then a low ball below the net height, is it’s the perfect setup for an approach to the net and volley.
If you're playing an opponent who is aware of these types of tactics you will have to wait for the most opportune moment and the weak return from them. So keep rolling the high loopy backhands CC and be patient. You’ll get your chance.
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