Worshipping the bangs
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: What's most important when it comes to ranking GREATNESS?
I don't buy the supposition that slams are automatically the first qualifier for greatness. The term "one-slam" wonder is a derogatory one for a reason.
I suppose you could counter with the argument that well, "one-slam wonders" aren't part of any greatness debate, and I suppose you're right. But really, most of the people who are part of the GOAT discussion (pointless as it may be) have all the other things in truckloads with one prominent exception, that being Serena, and she's so far behind the curve on nonslam titles and weeks at #1 (which would be my next two choices, along with career wins in general) that she's never going to catch up. In fairness to her, I think more players moving forward are going to have records like hers than like Chris or Martina's.
To my other point, it's actually usually pretty easy to spot the best of an era and the runner up. Where you really start to have to parse these things is when you're separating the Svetas from the TOBs and the Dementievas from the Myskinas. Then I'm not so sure that you automatically give anyone the nod based on slams, that's all I'm saying.
And I really think career wins should be on the list. That 500 club is pretty exclusive. FWIW, the 20 tour titles club is also smaller than the slam-winners club.
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