Re: Mary Pierce and Hana Mandlikova
The funny thing is, everyones talking about the emergence of players, various styles play which in your eyes seems incredible in terms of Hana's achievements and the dominence of two or three players in a particular era. However, Mary was wedged into every players worst nightmare in terms of being a legend. Mary started off having to contend with Graf, of which she faired well... we all remember that FO semi thrashing she delt to graf, the dominence of Vicario - the rivalry between these two was just great, the Hingis era which saw Hingis basically cleaning up everything for a year or two, the emergence of the WIlliams sisters and Davenport and recently the Belgians and Russians.
In recent time, tennis has changed in the womens sector to point where one can not even compare. 20 years ago players could have been on performance enhancing drugs for all we know. The game is more aggressive, fast and far more athletic.
Given the time of which Mary picked up the racket (which was 10 I believe) and the abusive father for which she had to deal with, I think Mary did pretty damn well. On paper Hana was a much better player.