Re: Who is better: Mauresmo or Sabatini?
Game wise here is how I would compare them.
Forehand- Sabatini (no contest IMO)
Backhand- Sabatini by a bit. Both ladies had great backhands, probably their best shot. I just think Gaby's backhand down the line was so deady and did more damage than any of Mauresmo's backhands.
Serve- Mauresmo. Again not even close.
Return- Sabatini. Never felt this was a strength for Mauresmo.
Net game- Even. Cant really choose here. However Mauresmo seemed more willing to use her net game than Sabatini outside of 90-93 was willing to.
Movement- Even. Dont really see a difference either way here either. Both were very good movers, but neither was a Graf, Williams, Henin, Clijsters, or even Hingis. I think Mauresmo was a bit faster but Sabatini made up for that with superior anticipation and a really long reach.
So really game wise they were fairly evenly matched, probably with Sabatini being just a bit stronger. I think mentally Sabatini was on a whole other level though. Even though she herself was a bit of a choker, Mauresmo is closer to on par with Jana Novotna mentally. Sabatini was atleast not submissive to the best players of her era or players she didnt do that well against the way Mauresmo is to Serena, Venus, or Davenport, even blowing matches vs them when they dont play that well.