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1980-83... Best Generation Ever?

I was thinking recently about the "current" generation or crop of players, and about the next generation of junior players coming through. A lot is said on this board about how the women's game is declining, and there are no future stars, but I've been beginning to wonder, were we just spoiled? I looked at players born in the years of 1980-83 and there is a TON of talent there. These years include some players that fulfilled their potential, and others who are amazingly talented but for some reason or another weren't able to live up to their potential. Here's a list that I compiled of all of the great players who achieved a good amount in their careers.

1. Venus Williams (1980)
2. Martina Hingis (1980)
3. Francesca Schiavone (1980)
4. Serena Williams (1981)
5. Elena Dementieva (1981)
6. Anastasia Myskina (1981)
7. Justine Henin (1982)
8. Nadia Petrova (1982)
9. Na Li (1982)
10. Kim Clijsters (1983)
11. Jelena Dokic (1983)
12. Daniela Hantuchova (1983)

I'm probably forgetting some, and you can even make a case for more like Kournikova (1981), Molik (1981), Lucic (1982). But this was a generation with some crazy natural talent. Do you think it's the best generation ever, and will we ever see another like it?

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Re: 1980-83... Best Generation Ever?

Funny you´re saying this, cause lots of times I thought about the 1982/83 generation wasn´t as stellar as it was on juniors. I remember Razzano, Salerni, Perebyinis, Kapros and Bedanova dominating juniors back in the early 2000s. And ten years later only one is still playing.
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The bunch that was playing in 1980-1983 wasn't bad, either...

Evert
Navratilova
Austin
Mandlikova
Goolagong
King
Jaegar
Trunbull
Shriver
Durie
bunge
Potter

(So much for those who remember that time period as being nothing but Evert and Navratilova.)

And those are just pulled from the top 10, so that doesn't include number of slam winners and a fresh-faced kid from Germany whose name escapes me at the moment.

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The bunch that was playing in 1980-1983 wasn't bad, either...

Evert
Navratilova
Austin
Mandlikova
Goolagong
King
Jaegar
Trunbull
Shriver
Durie
bunge
Potter

(So much for those who remember that time period as being nothing but Evert and Navratilova.)

Shh... people here don't want to believe that.

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The bunch that was playing in 1980-1983 wasn't bad, either...

Evert
Navratilova
Austin
Mandlikova
Goolagong
King
Jaegar
Trunbull
Shriver
Durie
bunge
Potter

(So much for those who remember that time period as being nothing but Evert and Navratilova.)

And those are just pulled from the top 10, so that doesn't include number of slam winners and a fresh-faced kid from Germany whose name escapes me at the moment.
Yes they were all PLAYING at the same time, but those girls were all born spaced apart... I'm talking about a generation of girls who were born close together and rose up the rankings around the same time.

Serena Williams ~ Maria Sharapova ~ Venus Williams ~ Jelena Dokic ~ Melanie Oudin ~ Christina McHale

Vandeweghe ~ Mattek-Sands ~ King ~ Hampton ~ Riske ~ Glatch ~ Brengle ~ Rogers ~ Stephens ~ Boserup ~ Davis ~ Keys ~ Lepchenko ~ Falconi ~ Chirico ~ Crawford ~ Gibbs ~ Pegula ~ Min ~ Townsend ~ Duval ~ Vickery ~ Bellis ~ Ahn
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I was thinking recently about the "current" generation or crop of players, and about the next generation of junior players coming through. A lot is said on this board about how the women's game is declining, and there are no future stars, but I've been beginning to wonder, were we just spoiled? I looked at players born in the years of 1980-83 and there is a TON of talent there. These years include some players that fulfilled their potential, and others who are amazingly talented but for some reason or another weren't able to live up to their potential. Here's a list that I compiled of all of the great players who achieved a good amount in their careers.

1. Venus Williams (1980)
2. Martina Hingis (1980)
3. Francesca Schiavone (1980)
4. Serena Williams (1981)
5. Elena Dementieva (1981)
6. Anastasia Myskina (1981)
7. Justine Henin (1982)
8. Nadia Petrova (1982)
9. Na Li (1982)
10. Kim Clijsters (1983)
11. Jelena Dokic (1983)
12. Daniela Hantuchova (1983)

I'm probably forgetting some, and you can even make a case for more like Kournikova (1981), Molik (1981), Lucic (1982). But this was a generation with some crazy natural talent. Do you think it's the best generation ever, and will we ever see another like it?
Somewhere in the 2000s the whole top ten was complete with players born in those years right??? It was just the strongest era, not one was even close compared to this

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Re: 1980-83... Best Generation Ever?

Good point, Alex!
I also think that it's true because most of these girls played during the golden age of the WTA, about 10 years ago

And maybe I'm a bit biased, but if Razzano, Kapros, Perebiynis, Bedanova, Salerni, and Molik were mentioned, Daniilidou should also be mentioned

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Yes they were all PLAYING at the same time, but those girls were all born spaced apart... I'm talking about a generation of girls who were born close together and rose up the rankings around the same time.
Oh, I don't entirely disagree with you. I just think it's interesting that the most recent "great generation" were born during another peak era for tennis.

Maybe it was something in the water. Or being exposed to broadcast of some of those classic matches while in the womb!

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WS, Henin, Clijsters. Apart from those I think the current generation is as good if not better.

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WS, Henin, Clijsters. Apart from those I think the current generation is as good if not better.
There is no-one in this generation half as good as Hingis. Based on those 5 names alone the 1980-3 generation is clearly lightyears ahead of anything since. So as usual your comment is a pretty insubstantial and pointless one.

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I was thinking recently about the "current" generation or crop of players, and about the next generation of junior players coming through. A lot is said on this board about how the women's game is declining, and there are no future stars, but I've been beginning to wonder, were we just spoiled? I looked at players born in the years of 1980-83 and there is a TON of talent there. These years include some players that fulfilled their potential, and others who are amazingly talented but for some reason or another weren't able to live up to their potential. Here's a list that I compiled of all of the great players who achieved a good amount in their careers.

1. Venus Williams (1980)
2. Martina Hingis (1980)
3. Francesca Schiavone (1980)
4. Serena Williams (1981)
5. Elena Dementieva (1981)
6. Anastasia Myskina (1981)
7. Justine Henin (1982)
8. Nadia Petrova (1982)
9. Na Li (1982)
10. Kim Clijsters (1983)
11. Jelena Dokic (1983)
12. Daniela Hantuchova (1983)

I'm probably forgetting some, and you can even make a case for more like Kournikova (1981), Molik (1981), Lucic (1982). But this was a generation with some crazy natural talent. Do you think it's the best generation ever, and will we ever see another like it?
A few of these names are reaching, but yes this generation has some immensely talented players.
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