Mary Pierce: where does she stand
After watching recent highlights of her 2005 Wimbledon QF with Venus and her 1997 AO F with Hingis i have started to wonder where exactly does Mary Pierce fit in the grand scheme of things amongst the greats of HER time. Many of the message boards here seem to think quite highly of her and put her even above players like Sharapova plus the commentators always talked about Mary as "true player" YET she was never went into a Slam as a favorite(she was usually a dark horse which she honestly summarize her career right there) and her results were beyond sporadic. She did end 7 years inside the top 10 but she always,even at her peak, had random early losses several times a year and she was never a force in the majors(which bottom line counts the most). For example in the 2 seasons that she won her Slams, she failed to make it past the RD16 at any of the other 3 majors both years. And her most "consistent" slam season was 2005 where she made 2 GS Finals and QF at Wimby but she lost 1st RD in AO and 2RD at the first slam in 06.
Now i know many will say "injuries blah blah blah" but aside from a serious injury in 2001, from 1994-2005 she only miised 3 majors! She did make 7 GS QFs, 4 Finals and ofcourse won 2....but she lost 1rd 6 times and 2rd 7 times!!! Thats alot for someone that is considered elite for her time
She won 18 career titles and has wins over literally every top player spanning three different generations(the mid90s/Graf-Seles-Sanchez era; late 90s/Hingis-Davenport-WS era and the 00s/Henin-Clijsters-Mauresmo-Sharapova era. And on her day she could smoke any one but that leads me to another issue.....her "day" was very rare and more often than not in her latter career she was routined by the top players(her H2H versus Justine,Kim,Serena,Maria,Venus,Novotna is very one sided yet her H2H with Graf is even, with Davenport and Hingis is close and she actually leads with Seles 5-3 lol and owns both Sanchez-Vic and Martinez).
I guess her achievements say she belongs up there but to me she just seemed far to inconsistent to legitimately threaten and challenge. And after her early years she was never a top week in-week out player, for her it was more about 2-3 STRONGS runs/events a year. Honestly she reminds me ALOT of Kuznetsova, 2 slams and a bunch of runner ups at majors;been as high as 2 in the world; has the abilty on any given day to trouble EVERYONE but very rarely plays up to that(though for very different reasons) and more often than not seems to be a very early casulty at the big events!
So where do you guys think Mary stands??
~Elena Makarova~goddess of tennis
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