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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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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

I think Maria has at least 3-5 slams left and thus will have bigger achievements than Coketina
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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

Without doubt Martina, she was #1 for years, she won 3 slams in 1 year at the age of 17 and made the French final twice(1999 and 1997) and she won 3 straight AOs, Maria can't even defend any of her slams


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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

Hingis. It's sad the way her career faded. I also agree with you that Sharapova is going to need that big consistent serve back if she wants any more than 5 slams.

Hingis also actually dominated, something Sharapova has never done.

But we dont know if Sharapova can turn things around and become a dominant force. If that happens,it has to be her, but unless that happens, it will be Hingis by far.

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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 last Slam Hingis won was Australian Open 1999. She was 18 years 4 months at the moment.
She won US Open in 1997.
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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

Oh, and since Kim is considered as a greater player by lots of you -which is scandalous in my eyes- , I don't expect the thread to be in Maria's favor, to say the least
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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

Martina. 3/4 slams, world number one in singles and doubles (at the same time) and Martina doesn't sound like an owl getting shot when she's hitting the ball.

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Martina...the more talented, versatile and consistent of the two for sure.
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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

Hingis spent a substantial time at no.1 which is a huge achievement. She won a load of titles including every tier 1, reached all slam finals etc. You add in Hingis' doubles achievements which are actually GREATER than her own singles achievements and there's no question. Same with Davenport. Sharapova will have to get to double-digits in slam singles titles and have alot of weeks at no.1, titles, and overall consistency to back it up to even be considered greater.
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Martina. 3 slams, world number one in singles and doubles (at the same time) and Martina doesn't sound like an owl getting shot when she's hitting the ball.
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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

Right now, Hingis has done a lot more. Maria is 21, so it's up to her to continue her career as strongly as she started it.

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Masha will have to win at least two "additional" slams (which means 7 overall) to be considered the greater player.
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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

we should wait till maria's career is over.maria could easily surpass martina's slams.nevertheless they both developped a different way of play.imo martina will be surely remembered as the greater player,regardless to slams,because she posessed a unique technique and her own-court brilliance and tactics are incomparable
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Re: Who will be remembered as the greater player? Hingis or Sharapova?

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Without doubt Martina, she was #1 for years, she won 3 slams in 1 year at the age of 17
And she was done winning slams at age 18. Sharapova has held the level necessary to win slams for three and a half years. Hingis actually only WON slams for two years and two weeks.


My personal opinion is that Hingis will ultimately be remembered as the greater player. But winning slams young has nothing to do with that. Martina Navratilova didn't win a singles slam til age 23. Winning young means nothing. Winning young, and then continuing to win means something. Steffi Graf winning a slam as a teenager meant something. Svetlana Kuznetsova winning a slam as a teenager hasn't meant much.

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