Lindsay vs. Jennifer: Who's better?
They're about the same age, both have been #1, both won 3 slams.
When Lindsay reappears, who will be superior?
1997** Sydney** Hard*(O)** SF** Jennifer CAPRIATI** 6-2 4-6 2-6 *
1997** Oklahoma** Hard*(I)** QF** Lindsay DAVENPORT** 6-3 6-4 *
1999** Roland Garros** Clay*(O)** 16** Lindsay DAVENPORT** 6-2 6-3 *
2000** Australian Open** Hard*(O)** SF** Lindsay DAVENPORT** 6-2 7-6(4) *
2000** Scottsdale** Hard*(O)** 16** Lindsay DAVENPORT** 3-6 6-2 6-3 *
2000** Wimbledon** Grass*(O)** 16** Lindsay DAVENPORT** 6-3 6-3 *
2001** Australian Open** Hard*(O)** SF** Jennifer CAPRIATI** 3-6 4-6 *
2001** Scottsdale** Hard*(O)** SF** Lindsay DAVENPORT** 6-4 6-7(2) 6-1 *
2001** Zurich** Hard*(I)** SF** Lindsay DAVENPORT** 6-1 5-7 6-2 *
First of all, she's won 3 different slams, Jen only 2 different ones. Also she's done much better in non-slam tournaments: I think Lindsay has 32 titles in total, Jen 13.
More importantly, she has a winning head to head over many of her important rivals (Hingis, Seles, Capriati) where JEn has a losing head2head against them and LD has beaten Venus numerous times, while Jen none.
But mostly, it's a subjective impression. Lindsay I think can be unbeatable when she's on. Jennifer is very fit and mentally tough and that's helped her with some crucial victories in the last eighteen months. But she never seems unstoppable, game-wise. Lindsay has a far superior serve and much more penetrating groundstrokes. Jen I'd say has the advantage in court coverage, and that might give her the advantage on clay. But I'd say on grass, hard courts, and especially indoors, I see Lindsay winning 90% of their encounters.
(assuming Lindsay comes back playing like her old self.)