Re: How does Sharapova's career slam stack up against the Career slams before hers?
As much as you enjoy trying to devalue it, Maria's career slam is equal to all the others. A career slam is nothing more than winning all four majors in ones career. Steffi did it, Martina did it, Serena did it, Maria did it. The fact that the other members all have vastly more illustrious careers has no bearing on Maria's career slam, and neither does the fact that she isn't as good a player as them. (Something which even her most deluded of stans will admit!)
You don't win all four majors by mistake. It takes a very good player to win even one slam, let alone all of them. When you look at that group, it's only the all-time greats that have managed to do it. Yeah, Maria isn't quite as good as them, but I think it says something about her personality and determination that she has managed to complete the set despite having less natural talent than the others. Anyway, since when was it a crime to not have a career that matches that of Serena Williams or Steffi Graf?
As much as you hate it, Maria Sharapova has won all four majors, something only nine other women were able to do. Maybe it says more about certain other great players, who were gifted with far more talent than her, but just couldnt do what she did.
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