Re: Why is Graf overlooked?
I don't think Graf is overlooked. Some would like to consider her the GOAT but I do not see it that way. Personally, I hold that same point employed to counter that Serena isn't the GOAT also holds for Graf. The premise was that it is unfair to judge players accomplishments across eras given varied factors that play into each era i.e. technology, diet, level of competition, advancement in training methods and player's personal level of play (talent y skills) etc. I say fair enough to that..... but if that applies to Serena, why shouldn't same premise apply to Graf?
When one juxtaposes match videos of old (graf's era vs new generation of players), something undeniable sure stands out to the eye. For me, based on training requirements these days and match videos, no way I will consider Graf GOAT over players like Serena, Henin & Venus regardless of numbers since numbers can only be measured relative to quality of competition of the era in question. To me, that isn't saying that Graf did not accomplish more in numbers than Venus/Henin or (Serena atm), what it says is that Graf's numbers were able to be attained based on her era's quality of play & competition.
In my view, salient question to consider is.......if it is right to utilize the fantasy standard of judging across eras (in support of argument that Graf is the GOAT), the question then becomes, given all we know of Graf (her match videos) vs level of play & competition in Serena's generation and current era, would Graf have garnered in said eras all the laurels she garnered in her era? Answer: while likely not in Graf's case, the reverse probably would be the case for Serena based on match videos till date IMHO!
In the end, to be fair to the players and the game, I do not think it is right to judge accomplishments across eras. To that extent, [B]I consider Serena & Graf the best of their respective generation. Graf IS NOT THE GOAT and I see time and history arriving at same conclusion not long from now. IMO, to hold otherwise carries with it a large degree of unfairness to succeeding generations! Whichever way it is looked at, ultimately, "GOAT status" is a myth many are unwilling to admit to atm.