Re: Peak Juju vs Peak Maria
One thing I have always been mystified by is some idea Maria is clearly better than Justine on grass. Just because she won Wimbledon and Justine didnt? I dont consider Maria any better than Justine on grass atleast as far as ability, probably greater since a Wimbledon title is a Wimbledon title, but not any better. I consider Hingis no better than Henin on grass, and Conchita Martinez much worse than Henin on grass, and they won Wimbledon too. The only edge Maria has over Justine on grass is winning Wimbledon, Justine has more strong performances at Wimbledon otherwise, and many more grass titles including multiple titles at Eastborne. If Justine had won the 06 Wimbledon final, or had Maria lost the 04 Wimbledon semi to Davenport, nobody would think Maria is better on grass. I think in terms of ability Justine is atleast on par with Maria on grass, both are far behind Venus, Serena, Davenport, and also behind Mauresmo, and above anyone else of their era (unless you count Kvitova as part of Maria's era, she isnt part of Justine's really). That Maria won Wimbledon and Justine didnt is mostly a product of the fact Maria happened to play her best tennis in a Wimbledon final (2004) while Justine happened to not do so, especialy the one she really had a chance to win in 2006.