Re: Probably unpopular opinion: Cara Black is greater than Jelena Ostapenko
Esther Vergeer is greater than Martina Hingis.
Across all disciplines, she won 48 Grand Slam titles (nearly twice that of Hingis), 23 YECs, 7 Paralympic gold medals. She ended her career on a 470 match winning streak, something Martina never came close to.
Vergeer won 284 titles across all disciplines over the course of her career. Martina won 114.
The point of this comparison is to show that two random players, one who absolutely dominated her sport from the start of her career to the end, is far more relevant to tennis history and better than the other who was phased out by greater and more powerful/physical players and by also being a cokehead .
Dominating for nearly 20 years > fluking single Slams before the real players of the new Millennium-WTA arrived and then making a "comeback" to vulture an empty doubles tour that had lost all top players to singles in the era of an increasingly physical WTA.
Come at me
Sweetie, being a Mertens fan is pitiable enough. Even I have limits.
"Sometimes we've wondered if Martina actually knew what she was saying. Maybe it was her age or inexperience or something got lost in the translation. But I don't know. She comes out with something astounding and then just stares at you like, 'What did I say?' But then she'll have that glint in her eye."