Great Athletes of the Generations
I think it's interesting to look at the specimens the game has produced over the generations. I've tried to choose a maximum of five from each of the last three decades. Of course, there were others.
Here's my breakdown:
(Help needed - before I was born)
Martina Navratilova (okay, arguably the 70s)
Chris Evert (Shock! I think Chris was an incredible athlete in her way, as Martina commented...again, even more arguably the 70s)
Must admit....Sukova, Shriver, Austin, Jaeger were not the greatest of athletes as far as I know...
Jana Novotna (absolutely breathtaking athlete at times!)
Jennifer Capriati (Although she didn't really peak as an athlete until the 2000s, and yet there is no way she would have been a success at 14-16 without the stoutness, immense strength and energy she was gifted with.)
Amelie Mauresmo (very similar both in style and build to Sabatini)
*I would say Kuznetsova of this decade for her sheer strength, but her footwork is abysmal and too often she looks almost as if she's falling over herself.
*I would, or feel I should add Dementieva for being a brilliant athlete of this decade, but without a slam I just don't think her name carries sufficient prestige to be among 'the great' athletes. The same goes for Coetzer in the 1990s.
(We can debate which decade they belong in, as some of them crossed over or started to perform well earlier, but there's no need to be pedantic about that...just loosely speaking.)
Last edited by Steffica Greles; Sep 26th, 2008 at 12:41 AM.