i too wish chris would just fight with facts and stay clear of conjecture as a way of discussing her place in history, but again, she thinks its almost obscene to have a record that most players cant even begin to dream about much less live, and therefore to fight for extra shreds of credit after the fact...she's just not going to do that.
chris serves on over 12 boards for incredible causes, but how many does the public know about? almost none. she is extremely generous but does not like to take credit for things. again, she has had enough spotlight on her to satiate every bit of 'pay attention to me' impulse she will ever have.
i figured out a while back that we cant love her for her modesty and graciousness, and then be too irritated by it when those qualities dont produce the results WE want. she has ALWAYS let her tennis do the talking. she didnt question line calls either; she let everyone else worry about that...she got on with winning. this issue is a reflection of that.
martina on the other hand will eat your hand if you stick it near her 'record collection' as it were... having seen both up close, i can tell you i prefer chrissie's non-desperate approach.
...though like i said, i do wish she would simply use facts to non-braggardly state her case.
it should be noted martina may have been an only child? chrissie has 4 siblings who were all ranked junior champions, so she is more sensitive to not rubbing her accomplishments in people's faces because of the diplomacy she had to show at home.
but she's also just not an ego-maniac. on a retirement program in 1989, she said, "people tell me how much i've done for tennis but i always want to say 'look at what tennis has done for me.' i was a shy little girl in a small town and it got me traveling all around the world, being exposed to different cultures, lifestyles, and ideas... so if I could be remembered in the same breath as billie jean king and margaret court, i am thrilled with that."