Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: In a Hottub with Judy Nel
I have to say that Rev. Mags makes a pretty good argument for herself as the all time best. She is not as famous as others, but in terms of sheer consistancy AND dominance she is pretty much unparalleled IMO.
Chrissie had the consistancy but never was consistantly dominant, at least at the GS's. This could've been different had she played the AO and the French more in the mid '70's when she was as close to dominating as she would ever be.
Martina dominated but there are too many holes in her career as far as I see-the years '73-'77, '80, '88, '89 were all awash in terms of consistancy at the GS's which, like it or not must be factored in (as much as I love Chrissie, she never won more than two Slams a year in her entire career which makes it difficult to argue that she ever really dominated, '76 excluded-whereas Tini twice won 3 majors in a year and at one point won six straight-Chris only won 3 straight at a point in her career '82-'83 that nobody would say that she was dominating the game).
Sorry folks, I think Steffi is the all time number two, but I can no longer truly say she was the best because the Seles factor is just too VITAL. Steffi won 6 of the 10 GS' played in Monica's absence.
And as other's have already said the Seles factor does not equate Rev. Mags' AO factor. Too many great women were coming out of Australia at the time and Bueno played there occasionally as well. Rev. Mags won her AO titles during the Apex of Australian tennis. To my mind there is no comparison.
People argue about Steffi's injuries that kept her out of certain events. Um...twice Mags left the sport for extensive period of times and came back to dominate.
I'm babbling on and on...
Oh yeah, what about Wills? 19 GS titles without ever playing the AO? Only occasionally playing the French, never playing the U.S. after the Helen Jacobs incident, and skipping Wimby several times in the mid '30's. Now there's some impressive numbers for ya!
That's what she said!!!