Probably unpopular opinion: Cara Black is greater than Jelena Ostapenko
The point I'm trying to make by comparing these two random players: all-time doubles great is more relevant to tennis history than someone who fluked a singles Slam.
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Nope. A Grandslam singles winner will be. better remembered than a great doubles player who was only a middling singles player. You can't really fluke a GS in Singles. Ostapenko nay be a mess now, but she played awesome to win that French Open, and beat a very respectable finalist. It's not like winning an Australian Open in the mid 80s when hardly anyone showed up. It was a very significant and legitimate Slam win by Ostapenko.
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Ernests Gulbis, Marin Cilic, John Isner
Gilles Simon, Nicolas Almagro, Tommy Haas, Jack Sock
Kimiko Date Krumm, Tomas Berdych, Michail Youzhny, Daniel Brands
Elena Dementieva, Julia Cohen, Anna Chakvetadze
First of all, Jelena Ostapenko is not great at all...
Second of all, if Cara Black's only claim to fame are doubles, then she's not great at all as well...
If you finish the year as the number one player in doubles FOUR TIMES you are a great. Cara Black is 100% guaranteed a place in the Tennis Hall of Fame. Ostapenko? Who knows? But she certainly has more to do if she wants to be in the Tennis Hall of Fame and her current results are not going to do it for her.