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Kim (minus the GS title/looks/character/personality ect.) the next Sabatini?

both great players...but never 'the best players...'
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It's hard for me to see the comparison. Clijsters will leave a better record IMO, you have to think she'll end up with at least one slam, probably more.

She'll never be a popualr as Sabatini was worldwide though. Gaby was a mystery woman, dark and impossible to figure out. Through in the eyes, lion hair and guys went wild for Gaby. Clijsters is no sex symbol. To me Kim Clijsters is too sunny and open to be like Sabatini.
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that is why I said..minus
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It's hard for me to see the comparison. Clijsters will leave a better record IMO, you have to think she'll end up with at least one slam, probably more.

She'll never be a popualr as Sabatini was worldwide though. Gaby was a mystery woman, dark and impossible to figure out. Through in the eyes, lion hair and guys went wild for Gaby. Clijsters is no sex symbol. To me Kim Clijsters is too sunny and open to be like Sabatini.
I agree Rollo, especially regarding the personality difference. In the Ladies Of The Court book I felt the author gave Gaby a very hard time. He made her out to be boring and almost stupid just because she did not answer the questions the way he wanted her to. Gaby is still a star though long after she retired.


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I can see the comparison that both are like "Ladies in Waiting"..
however i can see Clijsters looks like she'll leave a better recoprd, although I believe Gaby possed a greater level of "natural talent", Seles has been quoted at saying in 1995 that Gaby was the most tlaented on tour.

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that is why I said..minus
Which is why it's dumb. "Take away their differences and they're exactly the same!" You're making a comparison with this thread, expect to have people contrast.

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Honestly, pal, minus the title/looks/character/personality and etc., Sabatini could be...ANYONE on tour.



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[QUOTE=Rollo]It's hard for me to see the comparison. Clijsters will leave a better record IMO, you have to think she'll end up with at least one slam, probably more.
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Who knows what will happen it happened that Gaby had to compete against Navratilova, Evert, Graf, Seles, considered among the best players ever. Gaby reached 3 grand slam finals all of them against Steffi Graf, lost twice in 3 sets and won her only grand slam title at the Usopen 1990 in straight sets over Graf.

I happened that Kim yes she has won 2 masters already same as Sabatini, but you can look at her grand slam finals lately with neither Venus, Serena playing having only Henin as her main rival (who she used to own a year ago from now) and she keeps losing with ease. Gaby had the tough luck of facing Steffi Graf in all of her finals.

Kim has plenty of room to work with, but we wonder what would be happening if Venus, Serena, and a non injured Monica Seles would be on scene these days, i really doubt Kim would be reaching this finals.

Im not saying Gaby is a better player now, in fact Kim`s game reminds a lot of Steffi Graf, but really her weakest part of her game is the mental part, Kim has failed pretty badly and has missed this easier chances of getting slam wins without having to face Serena or Venus.

As for Gaby i think she had a great career, as i said before had to compete against 4 players considered among the best players ever and she notched some wins here and there against them, and that`s enough for me as a fan.

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18 Grand Slam SF´s, Won 27 titles, 1 GS Sin, 1 GS in Dubs,2 Masters
Sabatini vs Martinez ?
Seasons in the top ten: Sabatini 10 Conchita 9
Straight Seasons in the top ten: Sabatini 10 Conchita 6
Seasons in the top 5: Sabatini 6 Conchita 5
Straight seasons in the top 5: Sabatini 6 Conchita 4
Tier II and above titles
Sabatini 24 Martinez 17
Record at the Masters
Sabatini has 2 titles 2 Runner up and 3 SF
Martinez has 0 titles, 0 RU, and 0 Sf
Record against the best players
Sabatini 40% Martinez 21%
Head to Head
Sabatini leads 9-6 over Martinez
FWTT Hard 111(111 + ny)Carpet 104(104 + ny)Clay 107(107 + 4) Grass 100(100 ny)
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