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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.

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Is she really from Hingis' generation? I don't think so... Definitely a contemporary to the Williams sisters, Henin, Mauresmo and Sharapova. Davenport had a nice 2005 but she wasn't much of a factor before or after that.

Yes #5 is about right, behind Serena, Henin, Venus and Sharapova.
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actually she is #6 , but this generation or combination of generations was so great and she was one of the main integral part of women's tennis glorious time

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She's #6 of her generation if Hingis is included, #5 if she's not. There is really no argument to put Kim ahead of Sharapova at this point

Does she have a claim to being the best US Open performer of her generation? Unless Serena adds another title, I'd give Kim the edge
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Is she really from Hingis' generation? I don't think so... Definitely a contemporary to the Williams sisters, Henin, Mauresmo and Sharapova. Davenport had a nice 2005 but she wasn't much of a factor before or after that.

Yes #5 is about right, behind Serena, Henin, Venus and Sharapova.
*My brain pretends not having read that sentence*
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Kim belongs to the second tier of the elite of her generation.
Tier 1: Serena, Venus, Henin, Hingis.
I am including Hingis, who peaked too early, but she and venus were competing in major finals in 97 aged 17 and 16 so they are of the same generation.
Tier 2: Davenport, Sharapova, Clisters. She is last of them having beaten the lesser opponents in finals and winning 2 of the 4 majors only. Yes, kim has the number one weeks, WTA champs, a host of Tier 1s and all that jazz but she never beat anyone in a major final who was overall better than her while Lindsay beat Hingis and Graf and Maria beat Serena and Henin. Those girls performed when they made it to the finals against their betters while Kim, sad to say, choked
Tier 3: Mauresmo, Capriati.

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In 50 years her legacy will be the player that was opposite Serena Williams in the semi-final match of the US Open 2009.


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She's #6 of her generation if Hingis is included, #5 if she's not. There is really no argument to put Kim ahead of Sharapova at this point

Does she have a claim to being the best US Open performer of her generation? Unless Serena adds another title, I'd give Kim the edge
Of course you would but 3 W, 2 F, 1 SF >>> 3 W, 1 F
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Does Sharapova belong in Clijsters' generation? She is too young to be included but too old for the azarenkas and wozniackis...
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To be honest, Kim's only weak slam win was the AO 2011. Her '05 US had her comeback from a set and break down to beat Venus (argubably maybe the favorite that year and fresh off one of the greatest Grand Slam Finals ever and her first win over Serena in a major in 4 years) and she beat Sharapova. And the person ppl on this board call the Goat Pierce. (who already had a slam final that year.)

'09 was remarkable except the champonship match was anti climatic compared to her wins over Venus and Serena. (And yes there is no telling how that match would have played out but to be honest Kim was putting all kinds of pressure on Serena)

'10 She beat Venus the final was anticlimatic again.

And all this was is coming from Venus' biggest fan!!!
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Kim's career is one very hard to put in perspective: she was definitely an underachiever in her first wing and overachieved unexpectedly in the second part. During the first part of her career, Kim was one of the most dominant and consistent players in non-Slam events, especially on US hard courts, and while someone like Henin, for example, would have losses or trouble against lower ranked players in the first rounds, Kim would just dismiss them with ease, she was hardly ever challenged or troubled unless against top tier players... but her Slam history lags...

She certainly fared better in the second phase, even though she never played as well as she used to, but the younger competitors were not worrying her the way Henin did in Slam finals, no other young player had the mental baggage that Kim had to carry while playing Justine or Serena... but Kim has also realized that the new generation is finally coming to terms, actually since 2011 , and victories against the new top players will be getting harder and harder to come by... so in ways, she knows that it is a good time to retire, I just wish she had tried harder to be in the last French Opens, I always thought there was something else there besides her supposed aversion to clay...
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Does Sharapova belong in Clijsters' generation? She is too young to be included but too old for the azarenkas and wozniackis...
Sharapova won her first Major before Kim , she also won her 2nd and 3d Major before Kim's second. Martha's age is deceptive, because , for instance, Kerber is only one year younger))) and Kerber is definitely not of Masha's tennis generation

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I'd consider her the 2nd best mover of her generation after Venus, so props to her.
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Does she have a claim to being the best US Open performer of her generation? Unless Serena adds another title, I'd give Kim the edge
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