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post #1 of 76 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2008, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Sharapova r Capriati - who is better?

Just noticed that 2 of my all-time faves have spent exactly the same number of weeks at number one (17), both have 3 slams, both have real reason to hate those williams girls!JK. Who do you think was/is better? Who would you choose to play for you in that crucial match for your life? Who would win if they play at their peak?
BTW, I just edge towards Maria, cos of the slams she's won and her potential to win more.
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Re: Sharapova r Capriati - who is better?

Capriati. She had more skills. Her biggest problem was her serve, but it's not like her serve was horrendous. First serve good, second serve ok. Her first serve percentage was always crap though. Her movement was miles better, forehand was fantastic, she was pretty good at the net, her BH slice stayed low, and she could play on all surfaces.Sharapova has a better attitude, much better serve (though with her shoulder injury, it's become shite), and more sting on her backhand.

JCap had pretty much every shot in the book. However, when it comes down to motivation, no doubt Sharapova trumps her.

Overall, I think JCap is the better player.

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Re: Sharapova r Capriati - who is better?

Right now, I'll give a slight edge to Jennifer, because of her records as a young girl and the comeback. Eventually Maria will end up with the (much) better career.
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Re: Sharapova r Capriati - who is better?

Maria

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Re: Sharapova r Capriati - who is better?

Jennifer no doubt - with her back up against the wall against Serena - she faught like a lion, and gave Serena the most intense rivalry she has experience, cant say that about Maria.

Plus, Jennifers first period in the top ten was 1990-1993, probably the most difficult time ever to win your firtst slam or break the top 5. Her peak was 2001-2002, and 2003-2004 to a lesser extent, when the competition in womens tennis was at its highest level in the top ten IMO, yet she was ranked #1, won 3 slams, would have won more in any other period.

If were talking Jennifer 2001 vs Sharapova 2006 in a grandslam final - Jennifer would take 3 of the 4 (Sharapova might edge Wimby, but who knows!).

Serve - Maria, altho its becoming more and more of a liability
Forehand - Jennifer ALL the way
Backhand - Maria
Movement - Jennifer
Stamina/ability to rally - Jennifer
Mental Strength - kinda even, when deep in a big match dogfight, Jennifer (go watch AO 02 final, or RG 01 final!)
Volleys/touch - Jennifer
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Maria is not a good player. Besides, she cheats. Also, she has been lucky in her career, with the absence of the #1 and #2 in 2004. She is one of the most overrated players imo.
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Maria is not a good player. Besides, she cheats. Also, she has been lucky in her career, with the absence of the #1 and #2 in 2004. She is one of the most overrated players imo.
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Maria is not a good player. Besides, she cheats. Also, she has been lucky in her career, with the absence of the #1 and #2 in 2004. She is one of the most overrated players imo.
Too bad it's 2008 now

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How does she cheat?

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How does she cheat?
Bananas, handsignals ( see YEC 2004 onward ), warned and fined AO 07 for illegal coaching, etc.

I guess you're oblivious.

Capriati is better far more talented. More variety. She had the forehand, slice backhand, volley, movement. Sharapova would be the favorite on grass only maybe.
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Bananas, handsignals ( see YEC 2004 onward ), warned and fined AO 07 for illegal coaching, etc.
I don't count that as cheating, it's not as though she's match fixing.

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I guess you're oblivious.
You may be right there.

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Bananas, handsignals ( see YEC 2004 onward ), warned and fined AO 07 for illegal coaching, etc.

I guess you're oblivious.

Capriati is better far more talented. More variety. She had the forehand, slice backhand, volley, movement. Sharapova would be the favorite on grass only maybe.
Not sinc e 06 when her serve became only top 20 material!
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Maria is not a good player. Besides, she cheats. Also, she has been lucky in her career, with the absence of the #1 and #2 in 2004. She is one of the most overrated players imo.
Is that a joke? That is hardly cheating. Justine cheated. RG against Serena much?

And flash forward looking at the players she has beaten to win slams... yeah, hardly luck.

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I miss J-Cap

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Re: Sharapova r Capriati - who is better?

Jennifer was way more talented and had more natural skills

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