base·​lin·​er | \ ˈbās-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce baseliner (audio) \

Definition of baseliner

: a tennis player who stays on or near the baseline and seldom moves to the net

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Recent Examples on the Web Nishioka, 24, is a steady baseliner who, though just 5-foot-7 can puzzle opponents with both his relentlessness and ability to mix-up his shots. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Andy Murray, the Former No. 1, Pulls a Wild U.S. Open Comeback," 1 Sep. 2020 On Monday, the big-hitting Japanese baseliner faced compatriot Misaki Doi in the night session. Ravi Ubha And Jill Martin, CNN, "Coco Gauff exits US Open as organizers use 'enhanced protocol plan' after positive Covid test," 1 Sep. 2020 Power baseliner Kvitova won the first two -- including in Melbourne in January -- but Barty and her all-court game have grabbed the last three. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Ash Barty's star shines brightly at WTA Finals as she reaches semis," 31 Oct. 2019 After the first serve—which gives a player a definite advantage at the start of a point—the forehand is the basis of the modern baseliner’s game. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Consider the Forehand," 4 Sep. 2019 But Barty was beaten in the fourth round on Sunday by Wang Qiang, the hard-hitting Chinese baseliner who will face Williams in a quarterfinals on Tuesday. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Naomi Osaka Is Ousted From the U.S. Open by a Resurgent Belinda Bencic," 2 Sep. 2019 Nadal is the swashbuckling baseliner with the heavy topspin groundstrokes and a take-no-points-off tenacity. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Tennis Geezer Pleaser: Federer, Nadal to Renew Battle at Wimbledon," 11 July 2019 Osaka struck 38 unforced errors in exiting to Putintseva 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 after hitting 37 in a defeat to the Kazakh last month in Birmingham that contributed to the Japanese baseliner losing the No. 1 ranking. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Coco Gauff, 15, beats Venus Williams at Wimbledon and declares: I want to be the greatest," 2 July 2019 But the dramatic focus is less on the realization of her carefully cultivated potential than on the way adults project their own disappointments and desires onto this feisty young baseliner. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: Amanda Peet's 'Our Very Own Carlin McCullough': A tennis prodigy learns life's score," 29 June 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Baseliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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