As the decade closes, let's reflect on five of the most effective racquet demolitions of 2019.


Simona Halep — US Open second round

Halep's smash was somehow both clumsy and graceful at the same time. She transitioned from a frustrated swipe to a full on flogging of her poor Wilson Blade. All things considered, Halep kept her cool somewhat admirably as Taylor Townsend was in the midst of the match of her life.

A common theme for the best smashes of 2019—none of the culprits came back to win the match. Smashing racquets may relieve stress, but it almost always helps your opponent more than yourself.