Weren't all the 1950s draw easier by today's standards? Only Fry defeated Gibson for her Australian, so Mickey Mouse or not, Fry won the '57 Australian by denying Althea Gibson her career slam and was a top player of the '50s. A win over Gibson is far more impressive than a win over Ivanovic. Fry has had a better career than Sharapova even keeping doubles out of it, and won three singles slams in a row. Maria hasn't even made 3 finals in a row. And given Maria's lackluster results at Wimbledon since her 2004 victory, the switch from grass to hard at the US Open and the Australian helped her a lot than keeping 3/4 grass did for Fry.
Do you know that Maria to win her AO title had to win matches versus
Justine Henin , 7 time GS champion, former AO champion
Jelena Jankovic - former #1,
Lindsay Davenport - 3 time GS Champion, former AO champion....
And given Maria's lackluster results at Wimbledon since her 2004 victory, the switch from grass to hard at the US Open and the Australian helped her a lot than keeping 3/4 grass did for Fry.
So it wasn't Sharapova who reached Final at Wimbledon in 2011 and won Silver at Olympics in 2012? And of course it wasn't Sahrapova who won YEC on hard the same year as Wimbledon? You post is as idiotic as i don't know what..... probably some Bodo's articles?
PS: all the rest idiots who consider that ShFI is even par or higher Sharapova , just check Tennischannel top100 , where SHFI was ranked 91 and Sharapova with just 3 Slams (that time) 71 .... Why? because of the level of competition