Mauresmo's #1 ranking
I've always considered Amelie Mauresmo a flakier, less talented, more fragile version of Gabriela Sabatini, and Mauresmo's recent ascension to #1 makes me feel sorry for Sabatini whose peak ranking was #3 in 1991-92. Mauresmo, of course, has the advantage of playing under a flawed Best N ranking system, and I think it's guaranteed she'd never have made it to #1 under the old divisor. Now my question is: Could Sabatini have reached #1 in the spring of 1991 had Best N been in place back then? Yes, I'm aware that both Seles and Graf would likely have played more events if they'd been required to, but seeing as how Graf was having a truly wretched year and Seles wasn't quite as invincible in the first half of the year, I think Sabatini could have pulled it off. Does anyone have the players' ranking points from back then? It'd be interesting to compute their Best 12/Best 14/Best N points and see who comes out on top.
Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)
"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)