Great listing! Enjoyed the read.
One missing player - Beverly Baker Fleitz - Wimbledon finalist. Maybe the best player ever to never win a Slam. Destroyed Connolly. The best hard court player in an era where hard courts were a novelty. Far better than Ramirez, Carter Reitano, Tegart, Turnbull, Zvereva, Durr, MJ Fernandez and quite a few others. A top five fixture who chose family over a busy playing schedule.
Still like your list though.
Anna- I do have to agree with Preacher that I very much enjoy your list- well done, and thanks.
Plus, thanks to your pointing us in the direction of your original posting of this in WTA World, I also get to have yet another reminder of why I avoid the general WTA World pages like the plague. Sure, if I put together such a list, I'm certain that it would be a bit different- as would be true for all of us. But- WHAT- did you kidnap Lindsay Davenport's baby or something? SHEESH, WTA World- if it's so bloody important, make up your OWN freakin' lists so that you can make Lindsay Your No. 1 Of All Time for the whole world to see or whatever. Knock yourselves out. I for one sure as hell don't have the patience to come up with my Top 50 list of ANYTHING. (I could barely eke out enough of an attention span to spit out my annual BFTP Top 10 lists of players when we were doing them. All that kept me going was the joy involved through finding such names as Pixie Lamm and Plums Bartkowicz. Of course, now you all no doubt are thinking to yourselves, how DARE nelslus mention Plums and not the much more famous Peaches? WELL, first of all, by now you all should be worldly enough to know that Plums is a far funnier name than Peaches- although whether or not Peaches and/or Plums is funnier than Pixie IS up for debate, BUT, Pixie isn’t a Bartkowicz sister, so THAT whole argument is irrelevant, anyway, thank you very much. And, nelslus must add, Plums always had to work much harder for mommy and daddy’s attention than that spoiled, snotty little Peaches, anyways- so, there’s the underdog factor working in Plums’ favor, too. Finally, apparently the parents were Asparagus and Artichoke Bartkowicz who decided that calling their kids Peaches and Plums was a daring move. But, nelslus digresses. Plus, as we all know, Chris and Preacher decided to get lazy and abandon these BFTP rankings lists, making the lack of a sufficient attention span for nelslus a moot point.)
So, I say, enjoy the work of you and Wuornos and the others, who have alternate yet useful OCD strains that are clearly necessary to come up with such lists- than what the rest of us have.
As for the other point made here by Preacher that will no doubt drive in that fateful wedge that will finally divide all of us- the Beverly Baker Fleitz controversy…..Just to be sure that I’m clear about this- Preacher- are you saying that Beverly is “far better” than the other players you list here on hard courts only- or on all surfaces? Either way, I’d be interested in your take on this- as, for example, I think that it’s rather bold to say that Beverly was a far better player than, for one, Mary Jo on any surface…..