Originally Posted by skanky~skanketta
WTF is there an "enormous gap" between Kuznetsova/Dementieva and Mauresmo?
Mauresmo has beaten Clijsters, Henin, Capriati, Serena, Davenport, all in hard court slams. Clijsters, Henin, Capriati, Davenport, were all at the very top of the game at the time, although Serena was in her worst year ever. Kuznetsova has beaten Davenport, Henin, Pierce in slams, and that was an injured Davenport, Henin in her final ever event, and Pierce in a huge slump and ranked very low. Mauresmo in hard court slams has 1 title, 1 runner up, 2 semis. Kuznetsova has 1 title, 1 runner up, and no very strong results at the Australian Open. Mauresmo has also won a WTA Championships and been runner up in one on hard courts. She has beaten the likes of Henin, Clijsters , Sharapova, Pierce, and others at the event, some more than once. Kuznetsova has no success at the WTA Championships, and only 1 tier title of any kind on hard courts. Mauresmo in addition to her WTA Championship title has 2 other hard court tier 1s, in addition to another tier 1 title on carpet (ok carpet is another surface but closest to hard court). Dementieva meanwhile doesnt even have a hard court slam, only one final, and also little success at the WTA Championships. All she has compared to Mauresmo is the Olympic singles Gold (vs silver for Mauresmo).
Yes Mauresmo is definitely far above Kuznetsova or Dementieva on hard courts IMO (feel free to make your own list if you disagree though).
Come to think of it though Maursemo is probably in her own category. She is clearly behind 3-7 and even probably Capriati, while well ahead of Kuznetsova or Dementieva.