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Graf 13 16.46%
Seles 36 45.57%
Hingis 20 25.32%
Navratilova 2 2.53%
Evert 0 0%
Goolagong 5 6.33%
other (Clijsters, Sharapova, etc...) 3 3.80%
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3rd greatest Australian Open player in history

Since it is obvious Court and Serena are the 2 greatest Australian Open performers in history, in one order or another (personally I go with Serena #1 and Court #2, but could be argued either way) who would you pick as the 3rd greatest Australian Open player in history. The obvious choices seem to be:

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Re: 3rd greatest Australian Open player in history

Hingis ofc,
she was a AO final queen
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I voted Seles
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Seles > Graf > Hingis
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Seles > Graf > Hingis
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i wouldn't say it was for sure serena is ahead of seles or hingis when it comes to the oz open. if you value them just on the number of titles then yes, but seles won 33 consecutive matches at the oz open and hingis made 6 straight finals.

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Where's Chris O'Neill?

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i wouldn't say it was for sure serena is ahead of seles or hingis when it comes to the oz open. if you value them just on the number of titles then yes, but seles won 33 consecutive matches at the oz open and hingis made 6 straight finals.
Hingis lost 3 finals in a row, including 2 to Capriati. That already puts her below Serena, in addition to winning 2 fewer titles. Also look who Hingis beat to win her Australian Opens, her toughest competition was Pierce, pffft. I could see your point on Seles perhaps, but Serena has such great longevity of success and dominance at the event.
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It would have been great to see '92 Seles against Serena.

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Hingis lost 3 finals in a row, including 2 to Capriati. That already puts her below Serena, in addition to winning 2 fewer titles. Also look who Hingis beat to win her Australian Opens, her toughest competition was Pierce, pffft. I could see your point on Seles perhaps, but Serena has such great longevity of success and dominance at the event.
making 6 straight finals at a slam is amazing. im no hingis lover, but serena has never done that at any slam, and i'm pretty sure not many women have either.

as for seles winning in 1991 and still making semi finals in 2002, with 4 titles along the way, that to me is longevity.

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Sammy..5 titles is 5 titles..

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making 6 straight finals at a slam is amazing. im no hingis lover, but serena has never done that at any slam, and i'm pretty sure not many women have either.

as for seles winning in 1991 and still making semi finals in 2002, with 4 titles along the way, that to me is longevity.
Serena has 2 more titles than Hingis. 2 extra titles >>>>> 1 extra final (or 3 extra runner ups). The streak of 6 finals in a row is negated by losing 3 finals in a row, including 2 in a row to Capriati (), and winning your last ever title at age 18.

Seles you have more point on than Hingis, which all but answers part of the thread question atleast, Seles > Hingis at the Australian Open. Hingis did do well vs Seles when they met there but that can just be the matchup, particular in light of prime Hingis even being owned by the likes of Capriati there as mentioned.

Graf is underrated by many as being part of the Australian Open greats. She missed the Australian Open 2 years she would have been heavily favored to win (1995 and 1996), and one she would have been a strong contender (1987 1992), and while it is different circumstances in part that is even more than for instance Seles missed (1994, 1995, and a lesser contender in 1997 and 1998). Despite that she still won 4 titles and lost a 3 set final to Seles in the 5th. That is more finals and same # of titles as Seles, and 1 more title and only 1 less final than Hingis. Hingis unlike Graf and Seles had the good fortune of being healthy and able to play each year, and still could not amass more success than that. It is hard to even say Graf benefited much from the Seles stabbing when Graf hardly did anything at the Australian Open after the Seles stabbing anyway, missing most yeas injured, or playing injured and getting a poor result on other occasions. The Australian Open after 1994 was just a write off for her anyway.

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Sammy..5 titles is 5 titles..
congrats you can count, but i fail to see where i said she hadn't won 5 titles.

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Btw Court won most of her titles when the AO was the Australian Championships. And you know what that means...
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Btw Court won most of her titles when the AO was the Australian Championships. And you know what that means...
True but she most likely would have won somewhere from 5-7 then even if it were a real slam back then. Which would still have probably been the record, although Serena would have a great shot at the record herself before she retires in this case.
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