Originally Posted by DrDenali
Obviously some of you don't know tennis just make comments on who you like or don't like. Serena is second to no one period. Chris Evert and John McEnroe say Serena is the greatest female tennis player of all time. Surely none of you think that you know more tennis than two former professionals. Martina Navratilova doesn't want to admit that. Graf while great in her time was extremely fortunate to have Seles stabbed. Anybody who can spell tennis knows that Monica would have easily won more Majors than she did had she not been stabbed at 19 and a half with 8 majors at the time she was stabbed. That means Graf would have won less. Evert and Navratilova had each other but who else was a consistent competitor. Serena's competition had and still has much more depth than any women in history. There were more women who have won majors during Serena's era than in any other era. ( Serena's Era - 16, Graf's Era -10, Naratilova's Era - 7 . Even more telling is that of the 16 that have won majors during Serena's Era 9 won multiple Majors, while only 4 won multiple Majors during the Graf and Navratilova era.) Most of the women in the top 10-15 hit the ball with so much power today that the women of the past would not be able to handle the heat. Chris Evert says that all the time when talking about Serena. I was watching some Court highlights just the other day and it looked like she was playing badminton compared to todays game. Serena has just had the best two years of her career at the age of 31 and 32. No woman in the history of tennis has ever had their best two years at 31/32. No one ever. An Era begins when a person wins their first major and when they win their last. Obviously Serena's ERA is not over.
That was freak'n beautiful!!
Truth is, it all comes down to "the facts".
The tennis experts have praised Serena, and those experts know more than the armchair experts of TF.com.
We've gone over this time and time again...
Serena Williams is this generation's GOAT.
But more than that, she's already achieved legendary status.
She has the numbers, longevity, presence/intimidation factor, respect, and acknowledgement of her peers.
And she's still
improving at 32 years old!!
The ONLY people who would possibly deny these FACTS are those who'd also deny the relevance of their own favorites and past GOATS and greats of the game.
No...they wpould stand to deny the very game that is Tennis itself.
It's time for fans of tennis to place their biases aside and enjoy the history that is unfolding today.
Their is a legend among these ladies folks. And she'll be beginning her new and next campaign motivated, driven, fresh, and hungry.
I wish the entire WTA well and great fortune.
I want to see some incredible tennis this season,and believe that it is on the way.
And I'd like for these ladies...all of them...to be given the respect and admiration that they so richly deserve.