Originally Posted by brickhousesupporter
Who won the first Williams major? Who beat more top 10 players faster than anybody ever has and ever will? Who had the fastest rise into the top 10 ever? Cut the crap.
That would be Capriati to both.
Capriati reached the top 10 at the youngest age, but it was Serena who came out of the block and started beating the top 10 players fastest ever
Capriati started her professional debut at 13 years 11 months ( almost 14yo). She beat 2 top 10 players in her first 2 main draw tournaments.(No. 10 Helena Suková
and No. 5. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
). She then made her Grand Slam debut at the FO then Wimbledon, losing to Monica Seles and Graf respectively.
Serena was recorded as the the lowest-ranked player in the open era to defeat two top 10 opponents in one tournament at the youngest age at 16yo
. In her first ever main draw, ranked world no. 304, she upset world no. 7 Mary Pierce
and world no. 4 Monica Seles
, in her second main draw, as a qualifier ranked world no. 96, she defeated world no. 3 Davenport in the quarterfinals. Williams made her debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open
, where she defeated sixth-seeded Irina Spîrlea
in the first round, before losing to sister Venus
in the second round in the sisters' first professional match.[18
So in the first 2 main draw tournaments, Capriati defeated 2 top 10 players, No 5 Arantxa and No10 Sukova, while Serena defeated 3 top 10 players No.3 Davenport, No 4 Monica Seles, No 7 Mary Pierce. The later, no doubt, sounds much more impressive. Also, Serena defeated a top 10 player in the first Grand Slam debut N0.6 Irina Sprilea, while Capriati didn't defeat any top 10 players in her first 2 Grand Slams, losing to top 10 players Monica Seles and Graf when she first rain to them. ( All source from Wikipedia)
Capriati reached her puberty at an earlier age and she was quite big at 14yo. Serena, reached her puberty late, eventually grew to 5'10 comparing to Capriati 5'8. As usually when teenager reached puberty early, then they don't grow much taller later on, but they appeared as an adult figure at an early age. So Capriati had an advantage physically when she was in her 14-15. Also, you can argue Serena was losing in the qualification draws when she was 13 yo, but given record book recorded stats in the main draws only when counting achievements
, it 's definitely a desperate attempt to be grasping at straws
as Serena was very small physically ( seriously, anyone who counting a 13yo little girl" testing water tournaments" is no doubt very desperate.
Here is a picture for you to regain some perspective at those youngsters in their early ages.
R. Williams was wise when putting out the 13yo little girl Serena for a few pro tournaments testing the water ( losing in qualies) before shut her down completely until she is is mature enough to be out there.( Venus and Serena didn't play juniors, comparing to other girls like Hingis and Capriati). Perhaps that's why Serena still on the top nowadays while Jen is out of the pictures almost a decade. Jen was going strong at her early age due to her father's hungry of fame and money which is the main reason she burned out very soon after and retired early comparing to Serena.