For the record, Bianca Andreescu, a very talented drop shot artist in her own right, believes nobody - not even Alcaraz - compares to Jabeur.
"Honestly, I think Ons has the best drop shot, like out of male and female players," says Andreescu, who practised with Jabeur on the eve of Roland-Garros. "Ons is number one. She's very talented, and she's using her talent in a very good way."
A tip for players of all ages: develop a diverse arsenal and know when to employ the drop shot. The key is to keep your opponent off balance, says Jabeur. The Tunisian points out that this is why Alcaraz has so much success with his drop shot.
“The fact that he’s powerful and very athletic in his shots, the way he does it, you don’t know if you should go in or go back, because he hits very fast and the variety of his game puts the opponent on the edge,” she says. “And that’s the good thing about doing drop shots.
“I truly believe that you can have an amazing drop shot, but if you don’t know when to use it or how to use it at a good time, then everybody would know that you’re going to hit a drop shot and it’s not going to be as effective as it should be.”