Jon Wertheim to receive record amount of hate mail this week
Why would you put Serena Williams before Monica Seles? Please explain why/how Serena makes your top five.
-- Carlo, Quezon City, Philippines
Yeah, maybe you're right. Here's my defense: Seles' career is -- of course, through no fault of her own -- a great asterisk. She may well have gone down as the best female player the sport has known. Fate dealt her a crappy hand, but you have to assess her career based essentially on what she did achieve, not what she might have achieved. She won (if that's the right tense) eight Majors which, of course, is one more than Serena. But Serena a) won all four Slams; and b) did so against a much deeper field; and c) won a few doubles titles. Plus -- and here is why I favor Pete Sampras over Rod Laver --I can't help but think Serena at the height of her powers beats Seles at the height of hers.
The argument for Seles? She won (has won?) twice as many titles as Williams, won more than twice as many matches, and showed considerably more mettle playing through injuries and sticking to her commitments. Again, this is good bar stool stuff. I could argue either side.