ground stroke


Definition of ground stroke

: a stroke made (as in tennis) by hitting a ball that has rebounded from the ground — compare volley sense 1a(1)

Examples of ground stroke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His ground strokes were perfectly calibrated, his serve devastating, his drop shot dying on the bounce. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Novak Djokovic Solves the Mind-Body Problem to Win the Australian Open," 2 Feb. 2020 Medvedev did have near everything else: clean ground strokes, varying point patterns, improvisational daring, unwavering self-belief. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Rafael Nadal Defeats Daniil Medvedev in the Best U.S. Open Men’s Final of This Century," 9 Sep. 2019 Men | Women While Federer was out of sorts early, Nagal hit strong, confident ground strokes, pushing Federer back on his heels. David Waldstein, New York Times, "2019 U.S. Open: Highlights From Day 1," 26 Aug. 2019 Svitolina, seeded eighth here at Wimbledon and playing in her first grand slam semifinal, put up more of a fight in the second set but was powerless against the Romanian's thundering ground strokes. Matias Grez, CNN, "Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final," 11 July 2019 In the fourth and final set, Federer’s ground strokes, unexpectedly, allowed him to outlast Nadal in rallies. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Federer and Nadal’s Wimbledon Rematch Showed Just How Alike the Two Greats Have Become," 12 July 2019 The end result can also increase the number of steps to a lateral target - like ground strokes in tennis., "Optimum Performance: Joining Serena Williams' comeback in Florida," 23 Mar. 2018 With a mix of slice and chips, lobs and bunts, whippy half-volleys and wristy crosscourt ground strokes off both wings, Hsieh pushed Kerber to the extremes and unsettled her rhythm. John Pye, The Seattle Times, "Kerber pulls through a surprising challenge, faces Keys next," 21 Jan. 2018 The preparation showed as her ground strokes were precise from the start, while unseeded Bilokin was prone to unforced errors throughout the one-sided first set. Craig Davis,, "Bradenton's Whitney Osuigwe dominates Orange Bowl tennis final, looks to pros," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of ground stroke

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Ground stroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ground stroke

tennis : a stroke made by hitting a ball that has bounced off the ground

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