Helen Wills-Moody vs. Margaret Smith-Court
I was going to post this in GM, but my better senses, led me here. LOL!
This was inspired by my little discussion with Volcana in his greatest players since Court thread.
These two are probably the least talked about players out of the ones that won the double-digit slams in singles.
This is something that I've noticed and I wanted to know if anyone else felt the same about this as me.
This discussion is SINGLES tennis only.
Let's look at the raw facts. Helen Wills-Moody won 4 French Championships, 8 Wimbledons and 7 US Championships through the 1920's-30's.
Margaret Court won 11 Australians, 5 French, 3 Wimbledons and 5 US titles through the 1960's-70's.
Now here's the problem I have. Why was Helen able to win more at Wimbledon than at her own home slam?
And why Margaret win almost 4 times the amount of Wimbledons at her own home slam?
I just think that looking at the break-up of the slams, Wills has been the much more impressive.
Yes Margaret won 6 slams in a row but she competed in all slams. Margaret won 5 more slams than Helen but she competed and won a heck of a lot of slams in Australia.
If you only look at the French/Wimbledon/US total. Helen wins by 19-13.
If you look at the French/Wimbledon total. Helen wins by 12-8.
The only reason why Helen doesn't have the records that Court has is because she never went down to Australia.
That was her weakest link.
Whereas, Court, for sure, she made her trips to Wimbledon. Heck, she even won more in the US, which is farther from Australia than UK. So why wasn't she able to back herself up in Wimbledon?
What made Wills travel across the Atlantic to win MORE Wimbledons than even her own national championships?
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