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1978-1981: Evert, Navratilova, Austin, Goolagong (main protagonists) 7 4.19%
1982-1986: Evert, Navratilova, Mandlikova, Jaeger, Sukova 2 1.20%
1987- 1989: Graf, Sabatini, Navratilova, Evert, Shriver 11 6.59%
1990-1993: Seles, Graf, Sanchez-Vicario, Sabatini, Navratilova, Capriati 35 20.96%
1994-1996: Graf, Seles, Sanchez-Vicario, Novotna, Martinez, Pierce 9 5.39%
1997-2001: Hingis, Venus, Serena, Novotna, Davenport 58 34.73%
2002-2003: Venus, Serena, Clijsters, Henin, Capriati, Mauresmo 30 17.96%
2004-2006 Clijsters, Henin, Sharapova, Mauresmo, Davenport 11 6.59%
Earlier than 1978 4 2.40%
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What would you say?

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Re: When was the Golden Era in women's tennis?

You mean quality wise? Popularity wise?

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Re: When was the Golden Era in women's tennis?

I can't judge before my time but clearly around 1999.

Graf, Seles, the Williams, Kournikova, Hingis, Sanchez, Davenport all around...

A lot of womens tennis fans are nostalgic of that period.
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Re: When was the Golden Era in women's tennis?

To me, this is the Golden era, because I'm watching it.
I'm sure that's a minority view.

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Re: When was the Golden Era in women's tennis?

1997-2001
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Re: When was the Golden Era in women's tennis?

So far the poll is going just as expected.

c1992, c1999, c2003 are going to be popular choices. It's always good when there's a group of at least 4 players regularly reaching grandslam semis and producing great tennis.

One thing I'm not expecting is this current era to be very popular. We'll see.
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Oh!

The present is catching up!
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Re: When was the Golden Era in women's tennis?

I could be biased and say that 2002-03 was the best, simply because my favorite players were playing well. But that would be disingenuous. 1997-2001 produced some of the best classic matches regularly.


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I could be biased and say that 2002-03 was the best, simply because my favorite players were playing well. But that would be disingenuous. 1997-2001 produced some of the best classic matches regularly.
In my mind it's close between 1990-1993, with the Graf-Seles epics, and Aranxta being a thorn in their side, and 1997-2001, with the Hingis-Williams-Davenport foursome.

And 2002-2003 was also very exciting with the Williamses being at least stretched by two other great athletes in Kim and Justine.
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Re: When was the Golden Era in women's tennis?

my fav was 2002-2002 but the best tennis to me was 1997-2001 serena, venus, lindsay, seles, capriati, hingis. You can't get much better than that
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I wouldn't split off '02-'03 as a separate period. Instead i'd say that the 1997-2003 is a quite clearly defined golden era in women's tennis that was dominated by Hingis, the Williams, Capriati, Davenport, and Kournikova, as well as significant roles played by Graf, Sanchez, Seles, Novotna, and the Belgians on either edge of it. By the close of 2003, the era was obviously ending, with most of the protagonists retired or in decline. The subsequent (current) era has been carried mostly by Henin and Sharapova, and overall it is has not been as compelling as the previous one.
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Re: When was the Golden Era in women's tennis?

that's a great question, GraficaSeles... I would have to say the late 80s to early 90's...We were treated to the advent of Graf (one of the best ever), facing the challenge of Navratilova (on par with Graf's greatness), the challenge of the Argentine Rose, Gabriella Sabatini, and finally the arrival of two women would would forever change the way the game would be played: Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati, who at 17 and 15 respectively, out hit players twice their age to establish the dominance and advantage of power in women's tennis.
This era was a fight between the old guard and the new, with the new inevitably winning with youth and power on its side. Professional women's tennis would never be the same again.
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I wouldn't split off '02-'03 as a separate period. Instead i'd say that the 1997-2003 is a quite clearly defined golden era in women's tennis that was dominated by Hingis, the Williams, Capriati, Davenport, and Kournikova, as well as significant roles played by Graf, Sanchez, Seles, Novotna, and the Belgians on either edge of it. By the close of 2003, the era was obviously ending, with most of the protagonists retired or in decline. The subsequent (current) era has been carried mostly by Henin and Sharapova, and overall it is has not been as compelling as the previous one.
What was interesting in the 97-03 era is that you had old generation vs new generation, more diversity (Novotna, Tauziat going to the net) and a great rivalry (Hingis vs Venus). And there was more "stars" and players with an aura or charisma.

And many classic matches. Which is what is lacking womens tennis since a while.
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I wouldn't split off '02-'03 as a separate period. Instead i'd say that the 1997-2003 is a quite clearly defined golden era in women's tennis that was dominated by Hingis, the Williams, Capriati, Davenport, and Kournikova, as well as significant roles played by Graf, Sanchez, Seles, Novotna, and the Belgians on either edge of it. By the close of 2003, the era was obviously ending, with most of the protagonists retired or in decline. The subsequent (current) era has been carried mostly by Henin and Sharapova, and overall it is has not been as compelling as the previous one.
you say what i want to say

1997-2001 by far...most amazing matches at that time. Hingis, Davenport, Venus and Serena....that era is unbeatable.

Martina HINGIS [Australian Open 97/98/99, Wimbledon 97, US Open 97]
Kim CLIJSTERS [US Open 05/09/10, Australian Open 11]
Ana IVANOVIC [French Open 08]
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02-03 was my favorite

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