Originally Posted by Asadinator
In WTA, the game is devolving. It is becoming primitive and less sophisticated.
But it still becomes more effective. You know, the fitness function of evolution is not about beauty or sophistication, it's about success.
However, you cannot compare different generations in sports, especially if they don't compete directly. Even in sports where performance is measurable (athletics etc.), too many things evolve: equipment, training methods, doping, diet ...
If you did time-machine the '88 Graf to the tour right now, she wouldn't stand a chance. And I'm pretty sure, if you time-machined S.Williams to the 2030s, she would be lucky to see a second week of a GS once in a while ...
But that is no base for a comparison.