passing shot

noun

Definition of passing shot

: a stroke (as in tennis) that drives the ball to one side and beyond the reach of an opponent

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So facing a break point early in the second set, Williams conjured up a backhand passing shot so good, so powerful, so precise, that Sharapova had no chance to reach it. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Back at U.S. Open, Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova for 19th time in row," 26 Aug. 2019 Gauff steadied herself right there, though, breaking right back with a pair of forehand passing shots that drew errant volleys. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Coco Gauff, just 15, shocks 5-time champ Venus Williams at Wimbledon," 2 July 2019 Gauff steadied herself right there, though, breaking right back with a pair of forehand passing shots that drew errant volleys. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Coco Gauff, just 15, shocks 5-time champ Venus Williams at Wimbledon," 2 July 2019 Djokovic saved the second championship point as well, hitting a forehand passing shot after a tentative Federer approach. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Novak Djokovic Wins Wimbledon, Outlasting Roger Federer," 14 July 2019 Goffin was able to hang in there at the baseline and his on-the-run passing shots were dialed in. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Novak Djokovic's 10-game run tops David Goffin in Wimbledon quarterfinal," 10 July 2019 No wonder Nadal leaped with joy when breaking for 2-1 in the first set with a forehand cross court passing shot. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Roger Federer to face Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semifinal," 10 July 2019 Gauff steadied herself right there, though, breaking right back with a pair of forehand passing shots that drew errant volleys. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Coco Gauff, just 15, shocks 5-time champ Venus Williams at Wimbledon," 2 July 2019 That's when Djokovic passed the ultimate gut check, hitting a terrific return to erase the first match point then summoning a clutch forehand passing shot—off a poor approach from Federer, it should be noted—en route to a break back. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Djokovic Bends But Does Not Break, Edges Federer For Fifth Wimbledon Title," 14 July 2019

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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