Originally Posted by Shonami Slam
well, it's starting to be a problem because looking at these stats, you could already (or at least in 3 years time) place players such as sharapova in there since she has a grand slam title, two semis and career best of world #2...
of course - conchita with her fed-cup wins and rich doubles career has more than sharapova has (at the moment) but surely you have to set the bar higher than that.
Lindsay has a much better chance for instance, with two finals this year and her GS victories, but anyone with less that that is questionable.
how many people can we have in the HOF before it becomes too crowded with potential players that did not quite win the biggies?
that said - she is an enormous player, true giant of the game and an important part of the nineties tennis.
so - personally, i'd put her in - but it raises alot of questions regarding other players with simuler success.
i love them - but i don't know if it's fair to put dementieva, kuznetsova and clijsters in the same row with navratilova, graf and evert.
Shonami: While I'd definitely say you're one of the more intelligent posters (from what I read), I have to say that I think you've overlooked something here...
The point is Martinez's longevity, which is incredible. She is "the" definition of a tennis player. She has committed herself to the tour for over half of her life, and has a span of 1988-2005 for beating top ten players. She was in the top 10 from 1989 to 2000, and the top 20 1988-2003. She currently, let's not forget, is no.23 in the race to chase - at 33.
She has spanned so many eras: the tail end of Evertilova, Graf & Sabatini, Graf & Seles, Hingis, Novotna, Hingis-Davenport, Williams', Belgians, Russians...it's incredible. The players she hits with these days were in nappies when she first joined the higher echelons, or even unborn.
But, of course, she's no journey woman, as the stats above will show. She has over 700 career wins - do you know what that means?
It means that only Graf, Evert, Nav'lova, Wade and Sanchez-Vicario (who she's nearly caught) have more career wins.
Conchita's earned her place in both singles and doubles on ALL surfaces, and I have no doubt that, particularly in light of her capturing of the world's most prestigious title, she will be put into the hall of fame.