If Sharapova never wins a big title again how would you compare these two, and who is the greater player. While I have been called a Capriati basher in the past I would actually go with Jennifer. The reasons: 1. She defended a slam title. 2. She won back to back slams. 3. She won the Olympic Gold in singles, beating Sanchez and Graf back to back on clay. IMO Olympics > WTA or ATP Championships 4. She played the greatest player of her generation tough, going 7-10 vs Serena, only twice losing in straight sets in 17 matches, and beating her FOUR times in slams from 2001-2004 which is very impressive. 5. She had a perfect record in slam finals. 6. Two of her slams semifinal defeats are considered amongst the greatest matches of all time. 7. WTA and ITF Player of the year once. Associated Press and World Laureus Female Athlete of the year once. Maria's edges are 10 more career titles, and a WTA Championship title. Sharapova has more consistency, but it looks like Capriati will end up having the superior longevity. Overall I would go with Capriati as the greater and better player (two different things) both.