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tennis greats by eras

1920's
Suzanne Lenglen + Helen Wills Moody

1930's
Helen Wills Moody + Helen Jacobs

1950's
Maureen Connolly + Athea Gibson

1960's
Margaret Smith Court + Maria Bueno

EARLY OPEN ERA
Margaret Smith Court + Billy Jean King

1974-1987
Chris Everet + Martina Navratilova

1988-1996
Steffi Graf + Monica Seles

1997-1999
Martina Hingis (dominant player of this period)

2000-2009
Serena Williams + Venus Williams + Justin Henin

2010-
who will be the dominant players of this era?
we will watch and find out.

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simply looking at the grand slam tournament winners gives a pretty clear picture.

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Re: tennis greats by eras

soon 1999-2009 will jus be Williams Era Wish it was jus Venus though
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Hingis was pretty dominant for 2000 and 2001, she was still close to winning slams and winning alot of tournaments.

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1997-1999
Martina Hingis (dominant player of this period)
I happen to agree with you, but history is going to, unfarily, swamp Hingis. You can't be a dominant player in the slams for ONE year, and make it into the history book fifty year out.
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2000-2009
Serena Williams + Venus Williams + Justin Henin
I now go against my previous post. You can't ignore JCap and Lindsay Davenport in this period, despite they're (relative) lack of slam success.

And Justine Henin, unfairly, will go the way of Evonne Goolagong and Maria Bueno. Especially if Venus wins anothe slam. Great player, but swamped by the reputations of greater players. Venus will get pub because she's the other half of the 'Williams Sisters'. She'll never be truly compared to Henin straight up as a singles players. (Three Olympic Gold medals to one will figure into it too.)

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Definately a great way to highlight the greats without having to compare different eras

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Justine Henin and Venus Williams did not dominate 1999-2009. Infact, no one did as a whole. I think if you want to go from 99 to 09, you have to seperate these years into at least 4 eras. The first, 09-01, was dominated by Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport. The second, 02-04, was dominated by Serena Williams. The third, 05-07 was dominated by Justine Henin and the fourth, 08 - Present is being dominated by Venus and Serena Williams, but mostly Serena Williams.

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The next era :

Until the top players find their form the bit about "next greats" can't really be answered. Seems like after the FO last year half the top 10 went limp.
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Azarenka-Wozniacki

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Davenport was just as domimant as Hingis in 98-99 (arguably more so) and continued to be one of the elite in 00-01, 04-05. I would put her down in both periods, but at the very least in the late 90's one.


and no, simply looking at the grand slam winners is not an accurate way to do this.
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Thats a pretty good list

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