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Billie Jean King v Margaret Court 1 1.32%
Chris Evert v Martina Navratilova 45 59.21%
Martina Navratilova v Steffi Graf 4 5.26%
Steffi Graf v Monica Seles 12 15.79%
Martina Hingis v Venus Williams 6 7.89%
Martina Hingis v Serena Williams 0 0%
Serena Williams v Venus Williams 3 3.95%
Serena Williams v Justin Henin 2 2.63%
Justin Henin v Kim Clijsters 1 1.32%
Petra Kvitova v Caroline Wozniacki 2 2.63%
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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

There have been many great rivalries in tennis history. But which was the greatest? For me, it was steffi Graf v Martina Navratilova - a titanic battle between the generations and Graf's victory over Navratilova in the epic Wimbledon final of 1988 symbolised a changing of the guard as it were. But what do you think?
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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

Legend/Testud.
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Serena Williams/ Stan's Donuts
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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

Graf vs Seles

also: Navratilova vs Evert; Hingis vs Williams Sisters; Justine vs Serena and Capriati vs Serena.
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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

Got to be Navratilova vs Evert.

I think Graf vs Seles could have been up there but we all know what happend

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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

Gotta be Evert/Nav. Graf/Seles had the potential to be up there; they gave us one of the best women's matches of all time in the French Open final in 1992.

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What rivalry? I always win
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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

Has to be Evert/Navratilova, by some margin. I don't think we could find a bigger contrast in playing style, look, personality, etc.

The way Evert amped up her game once Martina was regularly demolishing her is really something admirable, just as admirable as Martina getting into PRIME shape in order to beat Chris.
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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

EVERT-NAVRATILOVA
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SERENA-JUSTINE
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EVERT-NAV Definitely #1, due to the number of matches they played.
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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

Evert/Navratilova is probably the greatest rivalry ever , even more-so than any rivalry in the men's game.
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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

Davenport - Hingis ???

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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

The Caro/Petra H2H is currently 3-2 to Caro. However, in the last 3 matches, it's 2-1 to Petra which I think is the more significant stat given that those 3 matches took place during the period Petra began to emerge as a top flight player. These 3 matches were all quarter finals with Petra demolishing Caro 6-2 6-0 at Wimbledon 2010 and cruising to victory 6-4 6-2 at the 2011 WTA Tour Championships. Caro's win occurred at the China Open when Petra was going through a lull during October 2010. Interestingly, all 5 of their matches have been 2 setters

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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

Wozniacki/Sharapova has got to be up there.
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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

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Davenport - Hingis ???
First one I thought, should have been included in the poll.

From the poll, Hingis Venus had so many good matches, so much drama, personally is my favorite.
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Re: Which was the greatest rivalry in tennis history?

I voted for Evert/Navratilova.

No other pair met as many times in Slam finals (14 times!) and the rivalry was very competitive, unlike for example some Graf-Navratilova matches, where Graf won the most important matches (she took 4 of the 6 Slam finals they contested).

Graf/Seles COULD'VE been as good, but... we all know that the stabbing ruined the rivalry.

Hingis vs the Williams sisters were pretty good matches, but they never met that many times in Slam finals.

Serena/Venus matches are pretty boring tbh, they never had that many good matches, so I wouldn't count theirs as the best rivalry.

Serena/Henin had everything to become the best rivalry, but they never met each other at their peaks, and only played one slam final.

Henin/Clijsters was great, but Kim never dominated the sport to be considered such an important rivalry

Kvitova/Wozniacki is not even a rivalry yet in my opinion, and Caro has to catch up with Petra fast 'cause she's beaten her too many times lately
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