Originally Posted by Sol Apollo
It's definitely true on the men's side, but not the women's. Far more women in the Open Era have been successful at winning Roland Garros and another Slam than the men have been; and just off the top of my head right now: Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams, and Justine Henin-Hardenne. What does that say when the women's game has more versatility than the men's?
That's one way of looking at it, then again, how many true "clay court specialists" are there on the Women's Side ?
1). Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario - Retired.
2). Conchita Martinez - Winding down near the end of her career.
3). Amelie Mauresmo - Mental weakness.
4). Justine Henin-Hardenne - Really the only player very strong on clay.
5). Kim Clijsters - Probably aside from Justine, the only specialist on clay.
There are a variety of others, how could I forget my favorite
Anastasia Myskina, but fact of the matter is that aside from Hardenne, Clijsters, Myskina and even Schynder there is a lack of players that can play on it really properly.
The Women's Game is dominated by power right now, which isn't a recipe for success on clay; however, Serena has accomplished something rare and that definitely deserves to be acknowledged. The only player of the last 20 years I can think of that would beat Serena on Clay is Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario.