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