We often talk about certain players’ accomplishments, talent, weapons etc. But could we estimate how successfully they have converted their potential abilities into factual results, titles, rankings? In other words could we say “Yes, she has achieved the maximum she was capable of” or “It’s such a shame she couldn’t handle all the expectations and went down as under-achiever”?
Lets rate this “conversion” from 10 to 1 (from the best self-realization to the worst one).
Me to begin.
Serena Williams: 8
She could have won much more Slams had she stayed more fit but still she has claimed the Grand Slam so I can’t call her under-achiever
Venus Williams: 8,5
Basically has the same problems but three Wimbledon crowns, Olympics and finals at all Slams are great accomplishments
Lindsay Davenport: 9
A handful of Grand Slams. But sincerely speaking, with her permanent fitness issues have many of you expected Lindsay being the force to deal with for such a long period of time?
Martina Hingis: 9
She had an incredible 1997, probably the most dominant performance since Graf’s the Gold Slam in 1988. And despite three years lay-off she has proved she remains one of the best players these days too.
Justine Henin-Hardenne: 10
Maybe it’s just me but I have never thought she was going to become such successful competitor.
Kim Clijsters: 8
Plenty of good but not great titles. Consistent struggles at the majors, plus injuries. As a result she has “just” one Grand Slam under her belt.
Amelie Mauresmo: 9
Two Slams including Wimbledon, plus YEC, plus No. 1 ranking for almost a year - not so bad for “the worst choker ever”.
Mary Pierce: 8,5
Injuries, injuries, injuries but 2 Slams including the French Open and 4 more finals and “renaissance” at 30 years - not bad as well.
Maria Sharapova: 8,5 at the moment
It’s a bit early to estimate her career but she’s already two-time Slam champion and will win much more, without a doubt.
Svetlana Kuznetsova: 9 at the moment
Though I was hoping she would improve since 2004 I don’t think her game has developed much and don’t think it will develop drastically in future.
Nadia Petrova: 7
As much as I dislike her game I must admit she has all the skills to be the real top-player except maybe the most important ones: mental toughness and fighting spirit. Still, she has been No. 3 and remains one of the favorites to win Roland Garros.
Anastasia Myskina: 9,5
It could have been 10 had she won that f*ing Olympic semifinal!
Elena Dementieva: 9.5
With that crap serve and quite one-dimensional game it’s almost a miracle that she is staying in Top 10 for years now and has reached two major finals.
Your thoughts, guys? Oh, and about other players too.
I guess similar topic has been discussed already but it’s off-season so lets talk anyway