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OZTENNIS
Mar 22nd, 2009, 12:23 AM
A) 1980-1985...Navratilova/Evert domination
B) 1986-1991...Graf/Navratilova/Seles domination
C) 1992-1997...Graf/Seles/Hingis domination
D) 1998-2003...S. Williams/V. Williams/Hingis/Davenport domination
E) 2004-2009...Henin/S. Williams/V. Williams/Sharapova domination

Direwolf
Mar 22nd, 2009, 12:47 AM
2000-2004 - Hingis/Davenport/Capriati/Venus/Serena/Henin/Clijsters Domination
the fucking best ERA there is!!

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 22nd, 2009, 12:59 AM
1997/8-2003/4 :hearts:

~Cherry*Blossom~
Mar 22nd, 2009, 01:00 AM
1998-2003 :worship: (Mainly for 2000 - 2003 :devil: )

Sam L
Mar 22nd, 2009, 01:01 AM
LOL that's NOT an era. :p I was thinking I'd be getting to vote on the 20s and 30s etc...

Anyway, voted for D obviously.

danieln1
Mar 22nd, 2009, 01:01 AM
Personally 1998-2003!!! 3 slams!!
Anyway, that´s when i started in tennis, and started to like womens tennis, and watched my beloved Lindsay winning her slams!! Also Serena domination was kind of fun too, and in 2000, Martina was playing so well, and Monica too, definetly the best era for me!
D option will in by a mile!

crazillo
Mar 22nd, 2009, 01:07 AM
1998 in particular was a great year, you had well-accomplished champions and young guns on the tour. Novotna finally got her slam title. Some of those players retired shortly after that but the tour still was great and really stayed very deep until like 2004/5.

alex14
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:07 AM
Personally i would put 1997 in with the D era as i think the 1997 year had much more to with 1998-2003 then 1992-1996.

But yea D is definately my pick! sometimes I wish could go back :(

Andrew..
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:09 AM
For sure D. To me, matches were so much more exciting back then. They were higher quality, and the tour had so much more to offer.

graffan20
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:17 AM
I would say the best period probably would have been the 70s even though it was way too soon for me. You had Court and King still major threats in the early to mid 70s. You had Evert in her prime during this decade. You have Navratilova up and coming and a major threat in the mid to late 70s. You had Goolagong, a top 15 player all time and 7 time slam champion in her prime during this decade. You also had multi-slam champions and perennial contenders Virgina Wade and Nancy Richey early on, young phenoms Tracy Austin and Pam Shriver later in the decade. You had a variety of other dangerous and very good players- Rosie Casals, Olga Morozova, Sue Barker, Betty Stove, Wendy Turnbull, Kerry Melville.

tennnisfannn
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:21 AM
how come you do not have a 1999-2009 williams/williams era- it has produced 17 slams.
I love it

graffan20
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:24 AM
how come you do not have a 1999-2009 williams/williams era- it has produced 17 slams.
I love it

Henis has actually produced the exact same # of slams as Venus in that era, and did it in a much shorter span in that all her slams were from 2003-2007 and she was even not on tour or retired at the very start and end of that era. Thus if you wanted to make 1999-2009 and era it would have to be Williams/Williams/Henin.

miffedmax
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:25 AM
I would say the best period probably would have been the 70s even though it was way too soon for me. You had Court and King still major threats in the early to mid 70s. You had Evert in her prime during this decade. You have Navratilova up and coming and a major threat in the mid to late 70s. You had Goolagong, a top 15 player all time and 7 time slam champion in her prime during this decade. You also had multi-slam champions and perennial contenders Virgina Wade and Nancy Richey early on, young phenoms Tracy Austin and Pam Shriver later in the decade. You had a variety of other dangerous and very good players- Rosie Casals, Olga Morozova, Sue Barker, Betty Stove, Wendy Turnbull, Kerry Melville.

And even though this is the women's forum, the men's side was pretty awesome, with Ashe, Conners, Newcombe, Nastase, Borg...

spiritedenergy
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:31 AM
1987-1993 and 2007-2009. Why did you put Hingis with Graf and Seles? :confused: I don't agree, she was of the next generation.

graffan20
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:33 AM
And even though this is the women's forum, the men's side was pretty awesome, with Ashe, Conners, Newcombe, Nastase, Borg...

Yeah I totally agree. Not just great players with those you mentioned, but great personalities and a much welcomed variety of playing style.

SM
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:36 AM
1998-2002 best 4 years ever

i loved the players at that time, so much variety in styles...

Balltossovic
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:38 AM
Um Sharapova didn't dominate but I chose D anyway. That's the only era I'm familiar with:rolls:

graffan20
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:42 AM
Um Sharapova didn't dominate but I chose D anyway. That's the only era I'm familiar with:rolls:

Overall from 2004-2009 Sharapova has probably been the 2nd best player after Henin, or at worst 3rd behind Henin and Serena. Over that period she has overall been alot better than Venus who in that span has been great at Wimbledon but done little everywhere else. Serena won 1 more slam event than Maria during that time, but 3 of the 4 were Aussie Opens, Maria won 3 different slam events and was much more consistent than Serena over those years.

kiwifan
Mar 22nd, 2009, 04:59 AM
The tour was never better than when you weren't sure who would win between Venus-Hingis, Serena-Capriati and add in Anna K and Lindsay D...:bowdown:

OZTENNIS
Mar 22nd, 2009, 05:54 AM
I obviously didn't put the 20s and 30s in (as someone asked) because none of us have ever seen matches from that time.

I should have put 1997 in with D, but I was doing it in 5 year installments. I think it was a bit of a transition year in the fact that although Hingis dominated, the Willamses and Davenport weren't much of a force yet.

Obviously the newer and younger tennis fans are voting for 2004-2009.

Ziggy Starduck
Mar 22nd, 2009, 06:19 AM
1992- 1997 - Because of the following: Graf, Sánchez Vicario, Seles, Capriati, MJ Fernandez, Sabatini, Navratilova, Novotná, Bradtke, Sugiyama, Coetzer, Rubin, Sukova, Martínez, Zvereva, Pierce, Hingis & Davenport (in no particular order and apologies to those I've missed).:worship:

gmak
Mar 22nd, 2009, 07:54 AM
1998-2003 definitely :worship:
then it's 1992-1997 ;)

madlove
Mar 22nd, 2009, 08:14 AM
w/o a doubt... 1998-2003!

Andy T
Mar 22nd, 2009, 09:49 AM
I would say the best period probably would have been the 70s even though it was way too soon for me. You had Court and King still major threats in the early to mid 70s. You had Evert in her prime during this decade. You have Navratilova up and coming and a major threat in the mid to late 70s. You had Goolagong, a top 15 player all time and 7 time slam champion in her prime during this decade. You also had multi-slam champions and perennial contenders Virgina Wade and Nancy Richey early on, young phenoms Tracy Austin and Pam Shriver later in the decade. You had a variety of other dangerous and very good players- Rosie Casals, Olga Morozova, Sue Barker, Betty Stove, Wendy Turnbull, Kerry Melville.
The periods 68-77 and 78-87 were both full of great champions. In the former, you have the two greats King/Court with the rise of youngsters Evert/Goolagong, plus a host of other wonderful players and in the latter, you have the two greats Evert/Navratilova with Goolagong, King and Wade, then the Austin-Shriver-Mandlikova-Jaeger wave rolling in and then the rise of Graf & Sabatini.
In both these periods the variety of playing styles and characters produced many truly classic matches in the slams.

sammy01
Mar 22nd, 2009, 09:58 AM
the princess era, summer 2007, when chak won cincinatti, standford, semis of san diego and us open, plus made the doubles final at both stanford and san diego. the ponytailed one ruled, good times!!!!!!!

Slutiana
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:02 AM
D. But from 1997-2003 because 1997 was the beginning of the incredible rivalry that was Venus vs Hingis. The drama in the lockerroom, the great rivalrys and high quality tennis, the contrast in styles, that dramatic french open win by steffi, Anna Kournikova :drool:. No other era even comes close....

Shvedbarilescu
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:12 AM
This could turn out to be a ridiculously overly optimistic decision but I went with F) 2010-2015, the next era. :)

sammy01
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:15 AM
This could turn out to be a ridiculously overly optimistic decision but I went with F) 2010-2015, the next era. :)

Monica Niculescu to the rescue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :p

Renalicious
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:16 AM
98-03 was the Golden Era in Women's Tennis. :worship:

Graf, Seles, Davenport, Capriati, Hingis, Venus, Serena, Justine, Seles, Pierce and also Mauresmo and Clijsters.

A Magicman
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:29 AM
86 - 91

The total dominance of Steffi Graf, the ever revolving Martina Navratilova, the emerging Monica Seles, the latter years of Chris Evert, Helen Kelesi reaching the quarters of the French twice. :hearts:

It never got that good again.

Dave.
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:51 AM
1997-2003 Hingis/Davenport domination till 2001 followed by Williams/Belgians domination 2002-2003. :hearts:

Adal
Mar 22nd, 2009, 11:24 AM
2004-2009 because I only started following tennis since 2005. http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0011.gif

Petkorazzi
Mar 22nd, 2009, 11:28 AM
2004-2009 because I only started following tennis since 2005. http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0011.gif
Same. :shrug:

Orbis
Mar 22nd, 2009, 06:18 PM
AKA "How old are you?"

LindsayRulz
Mar 22nd, 2009, 06:24 PM
1998-2003 :)

Emina.
Mar 22nd, 2009, 06:28 PM
2004-2009 :)

RJWCapriati
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:22 PM
1998-2003 for sure

KournikovaFan91
Mar 23rd, 2009, 12:02 AM
1998 - 2003, The KOURNIKOVA Era :bounce:

OZTENNIS
Mar 24th, 2009, 07:13 AM
1998 - 2003 dominates with over 50% of the vote :)

AlwaysGraf
Mar 24th, 2009, 10:06 AM
I just don't get the adulation for Hingis and Davenport rivalry. It was boring. The best era was the Steffi Graf era

OZTENNIS
Mar 24th, 2009, 12:28 PM
^^^
How was it boring?