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Jennifer Capriati 65 47.10%
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post #1 of 75 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 2009, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Both ladies have a slam count of three, BUT!

Maria won 3 slams on a different surface.

Jennifer actually defended one of her slams.

Jennifer also has 1992 Barcelona gold, beating Steffi Graf.

Both have been to the semis of their worst surface (clay for Sharapova, grass for Capriati).

Both had a streak going against Serena Williams (Maria's for 2 matches, Jennifer from Rome-Roland Garros 2004 and Roland Garros-Wimbledon 2001)

Both have been number one for a relatively short amount of time.

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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Sharapova. Not even close

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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Sharapova. Clijsters should have won that FO.

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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Maybe Kim should have won that FO, but she didn't.

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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Capriati. Not even close.

She also has Olympic GOLD.

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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Sharapova. But... I'm biased.


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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

I would say Capriati. What she did as a 14 year old was remarkable.
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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Sharapova has more titles, same number of weeks at #1, one more slam final, and a YEC title and she's done it in A LOT less time.

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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

capriati, but sharapova will overtake her soon
in jen's favour: Gold, great comeback, beat top players from 2 different generations
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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Btw, I think Capriati is WAYYYYY overrated. She was a phenom but what she really accomplished has been way overblown. 3 slams is awesome but outside of that, not much there.

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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

*slams

Maria Sharapova - 3W [ '04 W, '06 US, '08 AO ] // 1F [ '07 AO ]
Maria Sharapova - [ AO // 28-5 (85%), FO // 26-7 (79%), W // 25-6 (81%), US // 17-4 (81%) ]
Maria Sharapova - [ 6 SF, 3 QF ]

Jennifer Capriati - 3W [ '01 AO, '01 FO, '02 AO ]
Jennifer Capriati - [ AO // 28-6 (82%), FO // 39-10 (79.5%), W // 38-11 (77.5%), US // 35-13 (73%) ]
Jennifer Capriati - [ 10 SF, 10 QF ]

*titles

Maria Sharapova - 19 titles [ Tier I (6), Tier II (3) ]

Jennifer Capriati - 14 [ Tier I (2), Tier II (4) ]

*#1

Maria Sharapova - 17 weeks.

Jennifer Capriati - 17 weeks.

*YEC/Olympics

Maria Sharapova - [ never played Olympics. '04 (too low), '08(injury) ]

Jennifer Capriati - 1G [ '92 ]

Maria Sharapova - 1W [ '04 // 13-5 (72%) ]

Jennifer Capriati - 2SF [ '02, 03 // 7-8 (44%) ]

My vote goes to Sharapova. YEC = OG more or less. Sharapova has more Tier I by FOUR. Better slam winning percentages. More variety of slams. One more slam final.

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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

You can't really compare a retired (albeit non-officially) 30+ old player and a still active 22 yo player :dunno:
Capriati is rightfully praised for coming back from her youth mistakes but it should not make us forget that she did make those mistakes in the first place, on the other hand Sharapova is very rigorous and focused, despite all the things that could distract her from her career.
Capriati had enormous talent that she wasted, sort of, Sharapova's sheer talent is dubious but she has managed to make the maximum with the little she's got.
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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Sharapova. She's arguably already accomplished more than Capriati and she's only 22, so she could potentially be playing tennis for another 10 years (or more).

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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

Capriati's story is amazing. She is clearly the winner.

And if your life were gold, how long do you think you'd stay living?
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Re: Who is Greater: Capriati or Sharapova?

The achievements are pretty even.. I would vote for Jen right now, but I am sure Maria will surpass her.

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