A Weighted Ranking of the Greatest by Majors
The "GOAT" (Greatest of all Time) in women's tennis has been a debate bandied about since the sport began.
Most rankings are purely subjective in nature. Early debates centered on invincibility. Under this rubric Suzanne Lenglen got the nod most often-for she only lost once from 1919 to 1926! Helen Wills Moody usually came next. Helen did not lose a set from 1927 to 1933.
Most All-Time rankings before 1970 made Maureen "Mo" Connolly 3rd. Little Mo was such a dynamo that she went undefeated in winning 9 slams from 1951 to 1954. Though her career was cut short in horse riding accident, Maureen was the first woman to win the Grand Slam of tennis by capturing all 4 major in one calendar year. Connolly was the last of the invincible or near invincible players. Greater depth has probably meant their likes will never be seen again.
From the 1960s several players have nominated by the press as GOAT based on numbers plus the though that modern players are surely superior to those of earlier eras.
Thus Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf have all been promoted as GOAT. As of 2018 Serena Williams is the current media GOAT of choice. Doubts persist however, as they always will in these debates.
Lately the pure number of slams looms large. This favors adherents of Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22), but leaves a problem in that both are still behind Margaret Court at 24.
Those aware of tennis history are aware that the 4 majors only became equal in 1988. What my weighted ranking system does is take this into account. I do not propose my rankings as an end to any debate. The intention is to promote discussion about players and the tournaments that matter(ed) most to them.
Last edited by Rollo; Dec 28th, 2018 at 01:09 PM.