Originally Posted by Sam L
I don't think it's that easy though.
I mean let's break it down by their ages.
There's no doubt Capriati had a better career as a teenager.
There's no doubt Lindsay had a better career as an early 20's player.
There's no doubt Jenn had a better career as a mid 20's player.
There's no doubt, right now, that Lindsay in her late 20's is having a better career.
Who knows what the next few years would bring.
Looking at the slams alone, it's fairly even but yes Lindsay has had a slightly better career due to her success across the tour. I mean she's won more tournaments, being #1 longer.
But really there's not much in between.
I think Capriati has been more famous and will leave a stronger legacy.
30 plus tournaments (a career in itself), 3 year end #1 to zero, 4 more GS finals, greater variety of slams, dominant head to head is 'not much'?
Jennifer was a better player than Lindsay for about 18 months. When I say 'better' I mean she achieved more. Even during that period Lindsay dominated her in their head to head meetings. Jennifer was a top 3 player for two years. (2001,2002) Lindsay has been a top 3 player for most of the last decade, and spent much of that time in the top 2. (1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2004,2005).
Look I'm a massive Jennifer fan, a bigger fan of hers than I am of Lindsay, but there is no doubt that Lindsay is the superior player.
Lindsay is an under achiever in majors but really when you look at her overall career there is no issue here as to whom is more accomplished.
I do agree with Jennifer's legacy burning brighter though. And I won't begrudge her that one bit. She is an inspiration and I will love her forever