Originally Posted by Andy T
Sorry, but I don't see the value of this exercise.
its as interesting as arguing whether clisters or henin was better between 2001-2003. which one was it, damn it! ...THROWS PIE...
if there was some way to prove something, or if proving it could matter at some significant level, then thats a discussion. but based on a mere 3 years of play between someone finishing up her 5 years being #1 and making mid career decisions, a rising child star who had no pressure and nothing to lose but whose nerves might not hold up past being age 19, and a third player with an entirely different story striving for and soon reaching the top, not just of the rankings, but a new plateau for womens tennis...those are the only real dynamics at play here.
but between those dynamics, at least the first one was busy being #1 all those years and the last one was going to change the history of the game. the monkey in the middle had virtually no impact at all. that's another way to view the meaning of greatness.