Clijsters in perspective
Just looking at singles, for the moment.
Four slams is nice, #1 ranking, points for the time off for Mommie-hood, and the comeback.
Is she simply firmly entrenched as the #5 player in a generation of great players? Can't put her ahead of Hingis, surely ahead of Mauresmo. Defining 'generation' more broadly, like from 1997, nothing really changes. Graf and Seles were at the tail-end of great careers, but careers that were 90% the previous generation of players. You might include Pierce, Capriati and Davenport, but except for Davenport, there's no real comparison there.
She's sort of the Venus of Belgian tennis. Great player, but definitely #2.
But she did it her own way, and she was successful doing it that way. Can't ask for more than that in any walk of life.
Hats off, KC. You'll be missed.
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