Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?
Obviously, I'm asking you to project Sharapova's career. But in doing so, it's good to recall Hingis'. Hingis won her LAST slam at age 18.
(Only a couple weeks before her 19th birthday, but she was 18 when she won the 1999 US Open.) The 1999 Aus Open. Sharapova's chronic shoulder injury may not end her career, but is she a slam winner if she has an ordinary serve? Tracy Austin is another great player who years as a potential slam winner far exceeded the actual winning. Ditto Lindsay Davenport.
Personally, I think the #1 ranking is bogus, but a lot of people think doubles is irrelevant, and I think it's important. Just state what criteria you're using, and how you think Sharapova's career will go.
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Last edited by Volcana; Jul 13th, 2008 at 12:16 AM.