Where would you objectively place Aranxta in the all-time list?
I can only think of these players whom I would DEFINITELY place above Aranxta in terms of achievements: (in no order)
I'm sure there are a few others of the pre-70s period whom I've missed.
Then there are a few who COULD be placed above Aranxta, but would be highly debatable:
Evonne Goolagagong: Won 7 slams, but 4 were in very weak Aussie Open fields. I'd probably place her lower than Aranxta.
Tracy Austin: Well she surely can't be placed above Aranxta because she didn't last past the age of 21. However, she is still one of only 11 women to reach the top, and probably would have rivalled Navratilova even more competitively than Evert, had she not have been injured.
Hana Mandlikova: Was always dangerous, and won 4 slams, but lacked Aranxta's consistency. Aranxta's career has to be superior to Hana's.
Lindsay Davenport: Well Lindsay DOES hold two cards over Aranxta: she has won 37 career titles by the age of 26, compared to Aranxta's 29 in her entire career. She has also been longer at no.1.
However, Aranxta would surely win with 12 slam finals compared to Lindsay's 5, and over a decade in the top ten. Aranxta's other results easily outweigh Lindsay's other achievements.
Martina Hingis: Well Hingis is the only player of this group whom I would place, if only narrowly, above Aranxta.
She has won 40 career titles already, is 4th in weeks at no.1(while Aranxta is the lowest) and has won 5 slams compared to Aranxta's 4. She's also equalled Aranxta's 12 slam finals by the age of only 22.
Aranxta's career has greater longevity, but Hingis' achievements by such a young age, just, in my opinion, tip the balance in her favour.
Now these two I find the hardest to decide. I'm placing them together because it saves time(lol) and because up until now, their achievements are roughly similar.
While Aranxta's numbers heavily outweigh those of the Williams' in most areas, I feel that they've already achieved domination which Aranxta never reached.
They're also both well on their way to equalling her total of singles titles.
Furthermore, how can Aranxta be placed above two players who have completely changed the game? Their power and athleticism is something that will already go down in history.
Still, maybe because I'm biased, I think they need another year as the top two players before they can be placed above Aranxta. They must reach an Australian Open final for starters.