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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Usually a dominant baseliner who goes for broke at opportune times, Stephens looked depleted of energy and inspiration in windy conditions, committing copious unforced errors and failing to move her feet. Vanja Lakic,, "Johanna Konta's Clay-Court Turnaround is No Coincidence," 5 June 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 Additionally, hard-charging serve-and-volley players want a shoe that has a durable toecap while power baseliners will want as much lateral support as possible and a durable sole. Stanley Kay,, "The Best Men's Tennis Shoes 2017," 8 Aug. 2017 In successfully slowing down the rallies, Federer was able to combat Čilić’s heavy hitting with slice and spin, taking advantage of the already damp conditions, which helped keep the pace favorable against an aggressive, offensive baseliner. Arnav Adhikari, The Atlantic, "Federer’s Wimbledon Win Was Anything but Nostalgic," 17 July 2017 Despite suffering a bagel -- or 6-0 set -- for the second straight day, the Japanese baseliner rallied to beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6 6-4 6-4 6-0. CNN, "French Open: Simona Halep living up to 'favorite' tag after improved attitude," 5 June 2017 Young described Kovacevic as a tenacious baseliner who possesses a great forehand and can create all sorts of angles. Brett Christie,, "Maine South tennis star Danilo Kovacevic adds new element to his game," 25 May 2017 Pavlyuchenkova, a powerful 25-year-old Russian baseliner trying to reach her first semifinal, pushed her hard throughout, but Williams was the more aggressive and reliable force. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Venus Williams Reaches Her First Australian Open Semifinal Since 2003," 23 Jan. 2017

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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