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 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 Cahill coached Lleyton Hewitt when the feisty baseliner and Federer were climbing the ranks together. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Roger Federer: The power and presence of the $120 million man," 27 June 2019 The other semifinal pits former London resident Elina Svitolina -- her own semifinal drought at grand slams is now a thing of the past -- against Simona Halep in a battle of speedy baseliners who seem to have overcome their grass-court foibles. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams all 'business' ahead of Wimbledon semifinals," 10 July 2019

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Baseliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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