To win GS titles, you have to show up
In tennis, as in life, half the battle is showing up. As I reflected on the Williams-less US Open, I got to wondering how often to players miss opportunities to win GS title. Henin-Hardenne, for example, certainly made the most of her opportunities this year. So I took all the active multiple GS winners, and had a look at the number of GS's they COULD have played since their first, against how many of those opportunities they missed.
First among active singles multi-GS winners in playing GS tournaments if she has the chance is Venus, having had 27 GS opportunities, and missing only 2 of them.
Worst among active singles multi-GS winners in playing GS tournaments if she has the chance is Monica, having had 49 GS opportunities, and missing 9 of them.
A word about the above stats. Pierce, Davenport and Seles all have more GS opportunities than I listed. Pierce and Davenport both only played one GS tournament their first year. Since they never intended to play the others, I dropped that tournament, and started counting form their second. Monica missed 10 straight GS tournaments being assaulted. I dropped those too.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.