I'm in the mood for a bit of debate Daze-and as the new Austin mod-well
Which teen phenoms do you we know who won two slams and 3 other majors (counting the tour finales)? Austin stands alone in that category unless we mention Hingis.
Hingis. you only need one to prove the point.
but jennifer capriati won more slams than tracy on more surfaces, and she did it faster.
Good points-but the fact that Austin had to endure beatdowns at the hands of Chris when she was 14 and 15 makes me less sympathetic.
chris beat margaret court the first 3 times they played, beginning age 15.... evert doesn't seem to need the same historical handouts that tracy gets.
granted, austin was on the scene earlier in comparison, but 'early blossoming' is the platform on which tracy's career rests. that was the special hype of her story. chrissie began playing pro events at 15, which is early enough for me.
Evert played 5 grass slams in her prime before she won 1 on her 6th attempt.
Austin had only Wimbledon from 1977 to 1981 until she played Down under.
Tracy has often mentioned her biggest regret is the Goolagong semi from 1980!
thats because almost all the slams
were 'grass slams' in chrissie's early days! it only represents '71 to '73... so by your comparison, austin should have won something by 1980.
Well Dianne Fromholtz didn't take Chris out. Little Miss Awesome did
and lucky for her, since she'd have nothing to show for herself of major merit on clay courts without it!!
I'm glad you mentioned Navratilova. It would be one thing if Austin only terrorized Evert from 1979-1981, but she also beat Martina in their head to heads at that time.
That, plus her 3 tour finales wins, places her above Hana in my book.
does it place her above hingis?
but in any case, this is also not quite a correct statement. mandlikova dominated navratilova even worse in that time period (leading 4:2 h2h thru 1981)
1980-04-14 Amelia Island Clay F Navratilova 5-7 6-3 6-2
1980-08-18 Mahwah Hardcourt SF Mandlikova
6-4 3-6 6-3
1980-08-25 U.S. Open Hardcourt R16 Mandlikova
1980-09-15 Las Vegas Indoor Hardcourt SF Mandlikova
1981-01-26 Chicago Indoor Carpet F Navratilova 6-4 6-2
1981-06-22 Wimbledon Grass SF Mandlikova
7-5 4-6 6-1
...ahhh, it feels like the 1980 us open semifinal all over again....