Re: Why are players playing so many tournaments?
According to the WTA stats, Steffi turned pro in October 82, retired in August 99, with a win-loss ratio of 900-115. That's 1015 matches in 17 years, or about 60 matches a year. Plus 173-72 in doubles.
How many of today's players will play over a thousand matches in their career?
I think that Petrova, Pennetta and Hantuchova have played over 800 matches. I can't think of anyone approaching the 1000 mark.