- View Single Post - 1979 to 1981: Tracy Austin was the best.
View Single Post
post #5 of (permalink) Old May 26th, 2004, 06:39 PM
country flag HanaFanGA
Senior Member
HanaFanGA's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,500
Originally Posted by preacherfan
Who's the best in that time frame has always been debatable. According to your stats, Austin looks the best. However, it all depends on how much weight the Slams weigh. Obviously, the '79 and '80 French had weak fields and only the '81 Australian had all the top players. So, if you take only Wimbledon and the USO from '79 and '80 plus all four from '81, look at this.

Evert 6 of 8 finals, 2 SF; 2 wins (plus 2 watered down French titles)
Navratilova 3 of 8 finals, 3 SF, 2 wins
Austin 2 of 8 finals, 3 SF, 2 wins

That's probably where Evert made up some ground on the other categories. Obviously, Austin had Evert's number for awhile. I'm an Evert fan but not so close-minded to think that there's a case for Austin here. Not Martina though. She'd have her time at the top.

I'd agree preacherfan. I'm one of those that doesn't want to discount the rest of the year but feels that what you do in the slams is most important. In that time period, I'd have to say Chrissie's at the top.
HanaFanGA is offline  
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome