I agree, the comparison with weeks at number one really isn't particularly helpful when it comes to peak vs peak and neither is the H2H imo. That said, I don't see how the H2H between Vidagany and Clijsters can prove a point here since the H2H between Vika and Masha is based on many more matches and therefore much more significant in general (still not necessarily in a peak vs peak discussion, so please don't get me wrong here).
I just don't see the point of discussing the peak of a player who is only 23 years old and still has room for improvement in her game. As I have read in this thread, also Maria fans think it's possible that her peak is still ahead of her, so again, what's the point of this thread (or any similar thread with other players, for that matter)? Unless of course you think it's interesting to discuss and compare the highest standard of play we have seen from either player thus far but in that case I think "peak" is a very misleading term.
This, for the most part. Please keep posting; unobnoxious Vikastans are becoming an increasingly rare breed round here
(or maybe the number of Jimmie's posts are misleading me into that impression).
What I want to know is, why are people acting like Vika leading the head-to-head against Maria by the end of their careers is a foregone conclusion? Vika only leads her 7-5 atm
You don't think Sharapova will ever win another title on a quick surface? Ever? Don't be ridiculous.
Are the only fast courts on grass these days? Because Sharapova made the Olympic final this year and the Wimbledon final last year-- 2 of her last 3 grass events.
This whole "Maria can't win off clay" is just yet another example of TF overreacting and drawing conclusions from just one season's results
The only surface where the fundamentals of Maria's game have significantly deteriorated is grass (though, as you point out, even there she is still a top 5-calibre player), and that's more because of how low the bounce is rather than the court speed. Excluding grass, there aren't many quick surfaces left anyway, but of those that are, Cincinnati has some of the quickest hardcourts on the WTA and in her last two appearances there, she won it once and made the final the other time.
In all honesty, I don't see her winning Wimbledon again because the surface just doesn't allow her to play her very best tennis -- but I still definitely see her with chances to win both the US and Australian Opens (and I'm still confident that the AO will be her most successful Slam, ahead of RG).