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Maria Sharapova 16 7.80%
Serena Williams 65 31.71%
Justine Henin 70 34.15%
Venus Williams 33 16.10%
Ana Ivanovic 9 4.39%
Lindsay Davenport 12 5.85%
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post #1 of 143 (permalink) Old Nov 25th, 2007, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Considering their games at their Best* who would emerge a winner? why?

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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

Let me guess.

Venus and Serena Williams.
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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

Dementieva, Serena, Henin

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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

Probably Pierce, from that list I'd say Serena, just look at her at the US Open in 2002, just unplayable

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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

I'm glad someone said Pierce, because at her best no has a chance to even compete with her. It didn't happen too often, but when it did, it was magic.

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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

Pierce and Lindsay
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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

I agree with giving Pierce the nod for being unbeatable at her best.

The thing about Serena and Justine is that they're capable of calling on their best when it counts the most. Serena at her best takes down everyone on that list (at their best) in straight sets.

Davenport plays closes to her best more often than anyone else on the list.

I think of all the players listed, as a Serena fan, the player that would worry me the most (at their best,) would be Venus.

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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

As much as all of the idiots on here will say Serena, I will say Venus.

Her strokes and serve pack more of a punch, her volleys and transition game are so much better, and she is so much more athletic and graceful with her movement.

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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

Well Serena did beat Justine playing her best at Miami... and I've never seen Serena play her best and lose so.. Serena.
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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

Indeed, Pierce at her best is killing everyone in straights.
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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

Where's Pierce? She's scarier than anyone when she's at her best, imo.
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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

I say Serena at her peak. I was re watching her 02 Italian open Final match against Justine, her FH was so accurate and powerful, the bh as well, serve, speed, shotmaking etc; the winners just awesome.
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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

I think on any given day, most of the top 10 that play their best can beat anyone else. However, its the H-2-H over a period of time which is the best indicator of who was the best player.

There is no possible way to gauge two players at their best during one match unless they both hit an extreme amount of winners and almost zero unforced errors. Because someone has to lose the match, fans of the losing opponent will always say that their fav wasn't playing their best. Its an excuse used widely in this forum to explain-away losses.

There is no single gauge for mental toughness, which is the ultimate reason why players win, even when two players are at their best or worst battling. Its why players like Henin, Serena and Venus can win championships when they aren't in their best form. Its about confidence during critical moments in matches that make you a champion.

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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

Yeah I'll add Pierce too though I think if someone like a Serena or Venus really played their best they could help defend against some of her winners and be more aggressive from a defensive position. They'd be evenly matched in all categories but Speed and defense would go to the sisters by alot.

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Re: Who is unbeatable at their best?

I'll never perfectly understand "best".

Is a player's "best", their greatest point, set, or match? Or how about their greatest tournament? Or their greatest season? Or their peak five years? Or their best practice session?

Sure, we can say Mary Pierce's best is better than everyone else's, but she's actually played incredible tennis only a handful of times throughout her long career. Sharapova's "best" match was probably the Wimbledon '04 final, but that only happened one single time.

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