Kim vs Maria - whose the better player at their best?
Since one smidgeon of a rumour that Kim may return seems to have descended into endless arguments about whether Kim or Maria is better (how predictable!), who do we actually rate to be the better player??
Sure, Maria has won 3 grandslams while Kim only has one. Kim however, has won many more titles, and has had long periods of absense through injury when she would have been a major favuorite for grandslam titles. Maria has been acknoeldged for her tough play under pressure, while Kim has been criticised for underperforming under pressure. However, Kim has displayed periods of utter brilliance and dominance, such as her hardcourt performance in 2005, where she displayed a level of tennis that no-one could dispute wasnt way better than anyone else at the time. Maria has never shown that kind of form over any period of time, but instead has been a consistent top 5 contender without ever putting a real class between herself and the rest of the field the way Kim did at certain periods. Kim also had 2 different years where she won 9 titles each, Maria has never won more than 5 titles in a year.
Kim leads their head to head 4-3
anyways, the question is - who is the better player when both are playing at their very best?? For me, its Kim every time!! Kim's game reached a standard of play only matched in this generation by Venus, Serena and Justine. Maria, Mauresmo and any other grandslam champions on this decade have not played at the same level these four women have displayed at various points in this decade, and while Maria has won more grandslams, in my mind and in any hardcore tennis fans mind, I think they would have to admit that Kim in top form would humble Maria on top form on any surface other than grass - on US Hardcourts and on Clay Maria wouldnt have a chance against Kim playing in top form!