Feb 20th, 2009, 07:50 PM
What year do you think this generation started? I say it started in 97 with the rise of Hingis to the top ranking. Steffi was the last player from her generation to win a slam.:worship::worship:
Can another generation start before the descent of the players from the previous generation? In my mind this generation doesn't end until Venus and Serena are no longer winning slams. 97-?
Feb 20th, 2009, 08:01 PM
I agree. This would mean the younger girls like Maria, Ana, Jelena are all part of this generation, and their legacy would need to be qualified as such.
Feb 20th, 2009, 09:00 PM
Well I also think that Mauresmo is part of the Venus, Serena, Hingis, Kournikova generation too, she just peaked a lot later. So I think all three of those players need to retire before you can close the book on that "generation" of players. I also think that it's interesting that Venus and Serena have gone toe to toe with the top players over four generations really. They started at the tail end of the previous generation and proved they could compete with the very best right out the gate (Graf, Seles, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Conchita Martinez, Mary Pierce), their own generation (Hingis, Kournikova, Davenport, Mauresmo), the next immediate generation (Henin, Clijsters, Myskina, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Sharapova) and this current generation Ivanovic, Jankovic, Vaidisova, Safina.