The Williams Sisters
OK, before people start rolling their eyes and whatever else over this, I'm not trying to plug the Williams, they aren't even my favorite players. I just got thinking about something Tracy Austin said during the Open- how though many have criticized them over having outside interests other than tennis, Venus and Serena might be the ones who "got it right." So I want to look at where all the Grand Slam champs since Serena first won in 1999 are now.
1999 US Open- Serena Williams
2000 Australian Open- Lindsay Davenport
2000 French Open- Mary Pierce
2000 Wimbledon- Venus Williams
2000 US Open- Venus Williams
2001 Australian Open- Jennifer Capriati
2001 French Open- Jennifer Capriati
2001 Wimbledon- Venus Williams
2001 US Open- Venus Williams
2002 Australian Open- Jennifer Capriati
2002 French Open- Serena Williams
2002 Wimbledon- Serena Williams
2002 US Open- Serena Williams
2003 Australian Open- Serena Williams
2003 French Open- Justine Henin
2003 Wimbledon- Serena Williams
2003 US Open- Justine Henin
2004 Australian Open- Justine Henin
2004 French Open- Anastasia Myskina
2004 Wimbledon- Maria Sharapova
2004 US Open- Svetlana Kuznetsova
2005 Australian Open- Serena Williams
2005 French Open- Justine Henin
2005 Wimbledon- Venus Williams
2005 US Open- Kim Clijsters
2006 Australian Open- Amelie Mauresmo
2006 French Open- Justine Henin
2006 Wimbledon- Amelie Mauresmo
2006 US Open- Maria Sharapova
2007 Australian Open- Serena Williams
2007 French Open- Justine Henin
2007 Wimbledon- Venus Williams
2007 US Open- Justine Henin
2008 Australian Open- Maria Sharapova
2008 French Open- Ana Ivanovic
2008 Wimbledon- Venus Williams
2008 US Open- Serena Williams
Williams in italics, active players in bold.
Obviously Sharapova is injured right now and is young so you can't really compare, and Ivanovic is still relatively in the early stages of her career. Look at the remainder of the players in bold, though.
Davenport obviously had a baby, but has struggled for form this year really.
Mauresmo has been struggling as well, due to some nagging injuries.
Kuznetsova had been at the top for much of last year, but slid down to number 7 or 8 after the US Open, but again, she is still relatively young.
All in all, it's surprising to see how many (or how few) players are still around that won slams during the time that Serena and Venus have. I dunno, I just thought it was kind of interesting.