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gmak
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:34 PM
both have 3 slams, both have won OG, both have been #1...

my vote goes to Lindsay (won YEC, more titles and 3 different slams :) )

Uranium
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:34 PM
Davenport easily.

Breske
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:39 PM
Is this a joke. :spit:

Davenport.

Davodus
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:43 PM
this is obviously lindsay

The Dawntreader
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:46 PM
Davenport in nearly every area.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:59 PM
lol :spit:

Lindsay all the way, not even close.

DefyingGravity
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:01 PM
Lindsay...her powerfully beautiful game was just totally dismantling anyone when she was on. She and Pierce...

Shvedbarilescu
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:08 PM
Lindsay by some distance.

Craig.
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:09 PM
:weirdo:

Sharapova's arguably had a better career than Capriati, and there's no way Sharapova's had a better career than Davenport.

Dave.
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:21 PM
I say it everytime this question gets brought up. The Davenport/Capriati comparison is the perfect example of why the no. of slams alone does not define a career. So they have the same slams, that does not mean start a thread about whose greater.

I like Jen alot but she's not as good as Linds.

Olórin
Jul 13th, 2009, 03:22 PM
Clearly Davenport's achievements outweigh Capriati's but Capriati had an amazing career and is one of the few tennis players who can say they could cut it as an elite player in two different generations.

Bonfire
Jul 13th, 2009, 04:00 PM
I know I am biased but
Jennifer had much greater movement on the court
Jennifer had an undeniable fighting spirit to the end...(davenport would start whining and giving up sometimes immediately if her game wasn't on)
Jennifer was somehow able to get the same number of slams, gold medal, and #1 like Davenport despite Jennifer missing those few years due to burn out and having to pretty much start all over again)
They both had solid groundstrokes..maybe Lindsay's shots were slightly better but not by that much!
Lindsay had a better serve though...but Jennifer's second serve was underrated...I felt Jennifer hit her double faults mainly because she would try to hit her second serve just the same as her first serve.
Lindsay has a much better record against Venus...but Jennifers record against Serena was equally impressive. Both had periods of dominating Hingis! Both beat Graf and Seles in big occasions...
So maybe Lindsay is greater but only slightly imho...so to ask the question does not seem as invalid as other posters are implying!!

Marty-Dom
Jul 13th, 2009, 04:05 PM
At 6'2" 170lb Lindsay is greater than 5'9" 140lb Jennifer.

Morrissey
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Okay in this situation it is easier to be objective because both Davenport and Capriati only won 3 slams and 1 Olympic gold metal. The slam results cancel each other out and we have to look at other WTA statistics. Davenport is obviously better then Capriati because she was overall more consistent.

Morrissey
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:43 AM
Sharapova though WILL have a better career then Davenport she is young only 22 she will win more slams. Davenport's 3 slam total demonstrates her lack of mental toughness in the clutch situations. Davenport should of won more then just 3 slams.

shirley
Jul 15th, 2009, 02:15 PM
Lindsay :)

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 15th, 2009, 02:15 PM
:o

Davenport.

fammmmedspin
Jul 15th, 2009, 03:07 PM
On wins Davenport. On impact on the game, story, and importance of the wins Capriati. Capriati beats Graf as one of the youngest stars and toward the other end of her career beats Hingis and goes on to provide more competitive GS matches with the rest of the top 5 than seen in some whole years since she retired . Her problem of lack of succss elsewhere is less visible and the gap in her career adds to her story. Davenport may be remembered for picking up some GS but she's also memorable for some cataclysmic GS choking and her style of play doesn't draw her level with some of Jennifers titanic matches in the entertainment stakes. True even of their Olympic performances - Jennifer had an enormous back story to her Olympic Gold beating Graf in a tight match - not many people except Lindsay fans will recall who Lindsay beat or how. The underachiever story for Jen is also probably going to win over the overachiever story for Lindsay too when people write the history.

Knizzle
Jul 15th, 2009, 04:24 PM
Lindsay easily

Kart
Jul 15th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Head to head anyone ? :tape:

John.
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:00 PM
Lindsay :weirdo:

faboozadoo15
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:08 PM
Lindsay by a lot.

thrust
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:08 PM
I know I am biased but
Jennifer had much greater movement on the court
Jennifer had an undeniable fighting spirit to the end...(davenport would start whining and giving up sometimes immediately if her game wasn't on)
Jennifer was somehow able to get the same number of slams, gold medal, and #1 like Davenport despite Jennifer missing those few years due to burn out and having to pretty much start all over again)
They both had solid groundstrokes..maybe Lindsay's shots were slightly better but not by that much!
Lindsay had a better serve though...but Jennifer's second serve was underrated...I felt Jennifer hit her double faults mainly because she would try to hit her second serve just the same as her first serve.
Lindsay has a much better record against Venus...but Jennifers record against Serena was equally impressive. Both had periods of dominating Hingis! Both beat Graf and Seles in big occasions...
So maybe Lindsay is greater but only slightly imho...so to ask the question does not seem as invalid as other posters are implying!!
Though I voted for Lindsay, I pretty much agree with this post. Had Jennifer not had those personal problems, so young, she would have had much better results than she did. She had the potential to be an all-time great player.

RenaSlam.
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:11 PM
Davenport.

Temperenka
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:14 PM
'Port.

LH2HBH
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:49 PM
Lindsay Davenport. In every measurable way; career titles, weeks at #1. Also, periods of tour domination, most notably in my mind 2004 really stands out.

Jennifer never had this.

Volcana
Jul 15th, 2009, 07:40 PM
Lindsay Davenport. In every measurable way; career titles, weeks at #1. Also, periods of tour domination, most notably in my mind 2004 really stands out.'every measurable way', huh? You may be right. But .... it opens up an interesting avenue of discussion.

From Jennifer Capriati profile on the WTA website .... 1990 - In Tour debut at Boca Raton, became youngest-ever player to reach a pro final at 13 years, 11months; d. four seeds (incl. No.10 Sukova), l. to Sabatini 64 75; in third Tour event, made Hilton Head final ű d. No.5 Sßnchez-Vicario (l. to Navratilova); debuted on rankings at No.25 on April 9; youngest-ever semifinalist at Roland Garros aged 14 years, 2 months (l. to Seles); ranking leapt from No.24 to No.13; at Wimbledon, youngest-ever seed in Grand Slam history (No.12), bettering Rinaldi by two days; won first title at Puerto Rico, d. Garrison in final (fourth-youngest to win a title after Austin, Rinaldi and Jaeger) and rising to No.10, youngest-ever to be ranked in Top 10 at age 14 years, 235 days; youngest qualifier for season-ending Championships at 14 years, 8 months, stretching No.1 Graf to 3s in 1r; ended first season ranked No.8.
1991 - Won two titles and reached consecutive Grand Slam SF; aged 15 yrs, 95 days, youngest-ever semifinalist at Wimbledon (d. defending champion Navratilova in QF, forcing her earliest exit in 14 years); 16-match win streak, which included titles at San Diego ű d. No.1 Seles 76 third set in youngest Tour final in Open Era (combined age of 33 years) bettering Austin-Jaeger at 1980 Tampa by fourmonths....Age is, of course, 'measurable'. So all those 'youngest ever' s do mean something. I am NOT one of the youth cultists in the WTA fanbase. To me, Martina Navratilova's last slam win was a lot more impressive than Martina Hingis' first. But you can't ignore age like it's NO difference either. Capriati won an Olympic gold medal at sxteen. In a sport where the outcome is determined by opposition, not judging. (beating ASV and Graf, btw.)

Jennifer Capriati debuted in the rankings at #25. That wasn't a typo. When Jennifer Capriati first qualified to HAVE a ranking, she was #25.
And one other thing ....1993 - Won sixth career title at Sydney (d. No.3 Sabatini in SF);She won her sith title at age sixteen. She didn't win her sevnth til she was twenty-three.

To put that in perspective, she a very good career for a top ten player, six titles, a bunch of SFs and QFs in the slams, and an Olympic gold medal. Before she was seventeen. Then six years later, she had another career, involving eight titles, three of them slams.

I happen to agree that Davenport has the 'greater' career. But if the youth cultists are going to give credit for winning big young to Seles and Hingis and Sharapova, some of theat self-smae creidt has to be extended to Capriati.

Ciarán
Jul 15th, 2009, 07:50 PM
Lindsay.

zvonarevarulz
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:57 PM
Love 'em both, but without a doubt, Lindsay was greater;)

Eduardo Oliveira
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:15 PM
Of course Linds :yeah:

Lindsayfan32
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:19 PM
I like both of them a lot. But Jennifer doesn't hold a candle to Lindsay after the three slams, Olympic gold and number 1. Lindsay by a long way. :)

cherboy
Jul 16th, 2009, 05:07 AM
capriati.... ????? :lol::lol::lol::lol:
thanks for making me laugh...

DAVENPORT > capriati

CrossCourt~Rally
Jul 16th, 2009, 05:15 AM
Linds by far in the on court accomplishments department :worship:. But Cap has been allot more influential to american tennis and is much more of a "household" name in the US than Linds. :)

mr_burns
Jul 16th, 2009, 05:51 AM
Jen made a great comeback and had great matches,...but lindsay achueved much more, although in a less thrilling way

both should have won more slams...and for both 04 was a big chnace at the Open...!

In The Zone
Jul 16th, 2009, 05:53 AM
This isn't a fair comparison.

Capriati/Sharapova is a good one right now. As is Davenport/Sanchez Vicario.

For the sake of the thread, though, Davenport > Capriati.

Pheobo
Jul 16th, 2009, 07:17 AM
My two favorite players ever :hearts:

But Lindsay's 50+ titles gives her the edge over Jen.

Thanx4nothin
Jul 16th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Clearly Davenport's achievements outweigh Capriati's but Capriati had an amazing career and is one of the few tennis players who can say they could cut it as an elite player in two different generations.

Yeah, I agree with this opinion.

I always felt both should have been able to at least draw level with Hingis on slams. Lindsay's achievements undoubtedly outweigh Jennifer's, but Jen was some player, a huge underachiever.

Navratil
Jul 16th, 2009, 02:00 PM
Tough one...

Lindsay is the more sucessful player and was much more consistent. But Capriati had such an outstanding teen-career that she's got a bigger place in tennis-history (so many all-time-records "youngest-player-ever-to-...").

carlasuarezfan
Jul 16th, 2009, 04:37 PM
Lindsay

ZODIAC
Jul 16th, 2009, 06:03 PM
Davenport had over 50 titles and was no.1 longer and wins on three surfaces.

LoveFifteen
Jul 16th, 2009, 06:54 PM
I don't see any area where Jennifer was better except for movement, to be honest. Lindsay easily.