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counterpuncher (plural counterpunchers)
- (tennis) A player who returns every ball and relies on the opponent making mistakes
2008 January 21, Christopher Clarey, “Even in Singles, Williams Sisters Are Double Trouble”, in New York Times:
- Serena will play the third-seeded Jankovic, the counterpuncher who looked vulnerable after digging too deeply into her physical reserves last season […] .
- (boxing) A boxer who commonly counterpunches.