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Jennifer Capriati. 64 37.43%
Maria Sharapova. 102 59.65%
Equal. 5 2.92%
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Old Apr 20th, 2008, 03:38 AM   #1
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Old Apr 20th, 2008, 03:41 AM   #2
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Re: Capriati vs Sharapova: Who is greater?

Jennifer, but not by much.

Capriati played through some of the toughest competition ever in the early 1990s with Seles and Graf, and in the 2000s with Serena, Venus, and others. Sharapova's results in recent years are extremely impressive, but I think Capriati's consistency at the big events are also undervalued.
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Re: Capriati vs Sharapova: Who is greater?

Jen was really an underachiever. If she had her shit together in 90s she would've had more than 3 slams. I think Maria is just the opposite: an overachiever.
But at the end of her career, Maria will probably have more slams than Jen and thus will be considered the greater player. Sad but true.
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As of today, J Cap.

When its all over, things look good for Maria.
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Re: Capriati vs Sharapova: Who is greater?

Sharapova. Hate to say it. Capriati could have been an all-time great. IMHO, the pressure of trying to please her family was just too much for her. The poster-girl for why the age-eligibility rules are a good idea. Even if Sharapova retired tomorrow, she rates a slight edge.

Sharapova has won 19 tournaments playing 362 matches.
Sharapova has won 14 tournaments playing 606 matches.

Career winning percentage Sharapova 81%, Capriati 71%

I know Capriati's career is something of a unique case. Much the same could be said for the careers of Maureen Connolly, Althea Gibson and Monica Seles. You tell me how to quantify that.
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Re: Capriati vs Sharapova: Who is greater?

Who was the better player in terms of game? quality? I think Jen was. Like Volcana says, it's a weird case where most of her career was cut short, all that talent practically wasted for years.

Anyway, all we have are results and Sharapova clearly has the advantage there.
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Jennifer, but not by much.

Capriati played through some of the toughest competition ever in the early 1990s with Seles and Graf, and in the 2000s with Serena, Venus, and others. Sharapova's results in recent years are extremely impressive, but I think Capriati's consistency at the big events are also undervalued.
I agree. Also, Jen has the biggest thing next to the Slams as well, Olympic Gold.
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Jen was really an underachiever. If she had her shit together in 90s she would've had more than 3 slams. I think Maria is just the opposite: an overachiever.
But at the end of her career, Maria will probably have more slams than Jen and thus will be considered the greater player. Sad but true.
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Who was the better player in terms of game? quality? I think Jen was. Like Volcana says, it's a weird case where most of her career was cut short, all that talent practically wasted for years.

Anyway, all we have are results and Sharapova clearly has the advantage there.
People never wanna admit that Maria's got talent and how is she an overachiever
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People never wanna admit that Maria's got talent and how is she an overachiever
Sharapova has LOADS of talent and she is not an overachiever in my eyes. However, Capriati had more. Much like Tracy Austin should have had more than 2 IMO.. Seles should have had more slams and Capriati should have had more. She was very very very talented
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What the point of this thread? How can someone compare a 20 year old girl to someone who's already finished the career? Let's come back to this question at least in 10 years from now.
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Re: Capriati vs Sharapova: Who is greater?

They both have three slams.
Sharapova has them on three different surfaces (four surface slam finals plexicushion, rebound ace, decoturf 2, grass).

For me the edge goes to Capriati for winning the Olympic gold against Steffi Graf in Barcelona.
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They both have three slams.
Sharapova has them on three different surfaces (four surface slam finals plexicushion, rebound ace, decoturf 2, grass).

For me the edge goes to Capriati for winning the Olympic gold against Steffi Graf in Barcelona.
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another stupid thread about Sharapova. Is she retired?
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