Greatest depth since 1955/56!
We are living in great times!
Great times for women's tennis that is.
6 different slam winners in the last 6 slams (Myskina FO 04, Sharapova Wim 04, Kuzzy USO 04, Serena AO 05, Enna FO 05, Venus Wim 05). Everybody beats everybody, favourites stumble, outsiders prevail.
Long gone are the boring times when Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf refused to let the rest of the pack win more than necessary. And in earlier times we had the likes of Suzanne Lenglen, Helen Wills-Moody, Maureen Connolly.
Only once since WW1 we saw a 6-year time frame in which no-one of those greedy players made tennis boring.
OK, in distant Australia a young native called Margaret Smith won her first titles (AO 60/61) but in Europe and the U.S. players like Louise Brough, Althea Gibson, Maria Esther Bueno, Shirley Fry, Beverly Fleitz, Susie Komorczy, Angela Mortimer, Darlene Hard played for the silverware. Everybody beat everybody, favourites stumbled, outsiders prevailed.
Sadly we can predict that some greedy players will come along again in the next 40 years who win 12plus slams like Lenglen, Wills, Evert, Court, Navi and Graf. Maybe their name will be Miller, Schmidt, Melnikova, Dubois and Lopez.
And in 2050 people will know the names of Lenglen, Wills, Court, Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Miller, Schmidt, Melnikova, Dubois and Lopez.
Fry, Gibson, Mortimer, Davenport, Williams and Sharapova will be forgotten. All the depth of 55-61 and 00-05 notwithstanding ....