Re: Peak Capriati vs Peak Sharapova
Maria would win. Jennifer wasnt that good, lets be honest. She is to be admired for her great fightback to winning 3 slams against all odds, and she was one of the most precocious 15 years old ever, but other than Serena, post prime Hingis, and the vastly overrated Mary Pierce, she was every top players bitch of both her eras. Some people think she is better than she is due to her rivalry with Serena who she admirably pushed so hard which isnt easy to do obviously, and her amazing U.S Open semi with Seles decades ago as a precocious 15 year old, but other than those two things she otherwise falls well short in the realm of any player with 3 or more slams. 3 things really stand out with Capriati:
1. Her astonishingly poor H2H records vs top players for a 3 slam winner as mentioned.
2. Her extremly low winner tallies vs top players, especialy for someone we are told is supposed to be this huge "power" player. Against Venus she often played matches with only 4 winners. Against Elena Dementieva of all people she got outwinnered 41-11 in her last U.S Open semifinal. Against Davenport she usually had only single digit winners. And so on.
3. Her shocking lack of overall success for a 3 slam winner. Will we ever see a 3 slam winner who wins only 14 tournaments ever again. A 3 slam winner with no Wimbledon, U.S Open, or WTA Championship finals. A 3 slam winner with only 3 slam finals, and only 2 years ended ranked higher than #6.
Might she have become the next Chris Evert as she was proclaimed to be on her way to being at 13, 14, 15 with a better support system, better coaching, and without her crazy dad. Who knows. As it is though the best she managed to be is a poor womens Clijsters.
Last edited by forehand27; Nov 19th, 2012 at 10:24 PM.