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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old May 13th, 2004, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Name the Greats at both singles and doubles

There are probably not that many. My criteria would be slams in both singles and doubles, or number one rankings in both.

IN no particular order:

B.J. King
Navratilova
Hingis
Sanchez-Vacario
Davenport
Clijsters
Novotna
Venus
Serena
Mandlikova (? Don't know that much about her doubles record.)


I'm leaving out Natasha and Gigi, since neither got a slam in singles, although both had respectible singles careers. They'll both go to the Hall of Fame, but only for their doubles play.

Any others?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old May 13th, 2004, 06:14 PM
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Margaret Smith Court holds the following:

Singles- 24 majors
Doubles- 19 majors
Mixed- 19 majors

The rest really do have quite a way to go to equal that spread (no pun intended). Interesting that she didn't even make your list.

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And you said that Clijsters got a slam in singles?
I think that all the greatest player were good in double too, but they choose to not play that a lot. Let say Williams Sisters, Graf, Evert, and Seles (oh yes, she had some doubles title too in the big tournaments!)
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How can Clijsters be on the list if Natasha and Gigi were left out for also not winning a grand slam singles title?

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Margaret Smith Court holds the following:

Singles- 24 majors
Doubles- 19 majors
Mixed- 19 majors

The rest really do have quite a way to go to equal that spread (no pun intended). Interesting that she didn't even make your list.

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for me in navratilova and smith for winning ever single major there was in singles, dubs and mixed.

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Hana Mandlikova won 4 grand slam singles titles but only 1 doubles slam title. She only won 6 WTA doubles titles. Therefore she either comes off the list or Graf joins it, but by no means would I call Steffi a doubles great.
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or Evert. Well she won 3 slams right? ( doubles only of course)

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For sure the two Martina's lead the list!!


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Alfa, Court's stats are indeed impressive but ignoring mixed, Nav actually leads 18 singles and 31 doubles = 49, compared to Court's 43.

Otherwise, Maria Bueno, with 7 singles titles and a calendar year Grand Slam in women's doubles (the first ever) deserves a place if we include the 60s. Goolagong also won almost as many women's doubles slam titles as she did singles (7s and 5d + 1 divided final, + 1 mixed at RG). Like Hingis and Court, she did the singles/doubles double at Oz three years in succession. If you include Davenport, with her 3 singles titles, then Wade deserves a mention, too.

Not sure about Mandlikova - she only won one GS doubles title, at the US with Nav. That seems so off the wall for a player of her style and talent but it's true.

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Alfa, Court's stats are indeed impressive but ignoring mixed, Nav actually leads 18 singles and 31 doubles = 49, compared to Court's 43.

Otherwise, Maria Bueno, with 7 singles titles and a calendar year Grand Slam in women's doubles (the first ever) deserves a place if we include the 60s. Goolagong also won almost as many women's doubles slam titles as she did singles (7s and 5d + 1 divided final, + 1 mixed at RG). Like Hingis and Court, she did the singles/doubles double at Oz three years in succession. If you include Davenport, with her 3 singles titles, then Wade deserves a mention, too.

Not sure about Mandlikova - she only won one GS doubles title, at the US with Nav. That seems so off the wall for a player of her style and talent but it's true.
You know me, Andy, I've always been one for a good "spread"- and I actually enjoy playing and watching mixed doubles. I have a copy of the 1971 Wimbledon Mixed Final where Billie Jean King / Owen Davidson def. Margaret Court / Marty Reissen in Madge's 3rd final loss that day- it's some of the best tennis I've ever seen, with all 4 players going through dominating patches of play at different times during the 3 set battle. I think Margaret's 19 Mixed deserves to be counted, but you and I have been there already. Hey- what do you think of Martina playing singles at Roland Garros?!? We could get to see her play more than once!!!

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Sabatini !!!

Anyone who can win a grand slam title carrying the partner she did deserves recognition .
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Sabatini !!!

Anyone who can win a grand slam title carrying the partner she did deserves recognition .
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