Re: Better Grass Court Player: Venus vs Serena
You seem to be suggesting Venus had a tough draw in 2007 and Serena didnt in 2002. Sorry there is simply no way I could agree with that. Lets break down their opponents from toughest downwards:
Venus 2002 >>>>> Sharapova 2007
Mauresmo 2002 >>> Bartoli 2007 (Bartoli is a tougher opponent on grass than either Kuznetsova or Ivanovic btw)
Hantuchova 2002 = Kuznetsova or Ivanovic 2007 (Hantuchova was at her peak and I dont think in anyway is a lesser grass courter to either Kuznetsova or Ivanovic, both whose worst surface by far is grass)
Now as for comparing 2001 to 2002 which you seem to also disagree with, the toughest opponent Venus played in 2001 was a slumping Davenport and obviously 2002 Venus is way tougher than 2001 Davenport. 2002 Mauresmo would instead be compared to 2001 Henin as the second toughest opponent, and the general feeling is Mauresmo is a better grass courter than Henin even prime to prime and in general, and Henin was much further from her prime in 2001 than Mauresmo in 2002.
Yes I am aware 2002 Mauresmo was not peak Mauresmo, but it was probably already prime Mauresmo. She was already winning tier 1 titles, beating top players in slams, and starting her ownage of Capriati around Capriati's peak. Of course she wasnt going to win any slams with the Williams peaking then, but that is aside the point. The main point is I am completely sure Mauresmo of 2002 was already a much better grass courter than Kuznetsova or Ivanovic ever were.
Mauresmo btw was easily a "top 10" player in 2002, just as Ana and Svetlana in 2007 were.
For what it is worth I think the competition talk is pointless in the sense that any year Venus and Serena are playing well enough to win Wimbledon, there is no available draw at any given time that could have stopped them. The only ones who can stop them in a year they are in Wimbledon winning form is each other, the only other one who even came close ever in that case was Davenport in 2005 and Dementieva in 2009, that is it. My only point was I dont see Venus overall as having had much difference in tougher competition than Serena. For me Serena had tough draws in 2002 and 2003, an ok draw in 2009, and easy ones in 2010 and 2012. Venus had tough draws in 2005, 2000, an ok draw in 2000 and 2001, and an easy one in 2007. Not much difference either way.