Re: Who is better: Mauresmo or Sabatini?
Mauresmo. But really not for the statistical reasons.
She was good enough to make a slam final at 21 or 22. Suffered an injury severe enough to make her completely re-tool her game, and THEN came back and win two slams.
Outside of Serena, what player has suffered a major injury, one that put her out of the game for a while, and came back not only totally different, but BETTER? (Capriati wasn't out because of injury.)
As a note, the whole, 'she played in a tougher era' is pretty bogus. What's tougher, playing Graf and Seles and ASV, or Davenport, Capriati, Venus, Serena, Hingis, Henin, Clijsters, Sharapova ....
Now, that's not an easy question to answer. Mauresmo's 4th round and QF matches were generally WAY tougher than Sabatini's. But when the last player in your way is Graf, and you're Sabatini .... It's Venus vs Seles writ large, if you need a more recent example.
Simply put, Mauresmo navigated her era, and her adversity, better than Sabatini handled her's. Given the fact that the stats are kinda close, I give it to Mauresmo.
Then again, I saw both player's entire careers. Mauresmo was a better player-of-the-game-of-tennis. If I'm playing for my life, and I have to choose one of them to coach me, I'm choosing Mauresmo. Now, if I have to choose one of them to PLAY for my life, I'm choosing Serena.
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