The game always goes on. Moving forward all the time. A great player pops up and then it happens. The turning point. When old meets new and the game finds a new champ. So, what turning points can you think of. I have a couple:
One of the most talked about matches in tennis history was when Suzanne Lenglen defeated Helen Wills 6-3, 8-6, at Cannes in 1926. This match had it all. The French woman against the American girl. The older player on her way down against the young and up and coming new star. The all court player against the baseliner. It was amazing the build up to this match with people fighting over the movie rights to it and men and women standing on ladders and climbing trees to watch. There was even controversy surrounding a line call against Helen. Lenglen hit one of Helen's shot long, some said as much as three inches out, but alas the linesman said nothing. After the match, Suzanne collapsed on a table that was covered with money that the match had brought in. I think her collapse was a combination of being tired and perhaps a tad drunk. Even though Helen lost this match many saw it as a turing point. Well known journalist William Shirer wrote: "Wills, I am sure, would certainly have blown her off the courts the next year. In women's tennis the day of the graceful elegant player who won by shrewed placements was over. The future belonged to the slugger with the blazing serve."
Another one that comes to my mind is when Martina beat Chris at Wimbledon in 1978. Martina had been around for a while but in this match she took out fan fave Chris and once again put serve and volley tennis back on the map. Their rivalry was officially kicked off.