I agree, it's a compelling argument that Chris Evert finished 1974 as the top player. Interestingly enough, the WTA Computer took over in 1975. I have a little problem with Martina Navratilova taking 1978 on the merit of her Wimbledon win over Chris. I'd say Chris should have been #1 at the end of 1978 as well.Mark36 said:Thanks Alfa.
Wierd to see BJK at number 1 for 1974. I would have put her at 2 or 3.
Didn't Chris win 56 matches in a row that year (including the French and Wimbledon wins and a runner-up finish at the Aussie + Slims finale and semi at US)?
I think Evonne had a good argument for at least number 2 with the Aussie (over Evert) + Slims finale (over BJK and Evert) and the US runner-up (over Evert, snapping the streak).
If someone is going to be kind enough to run the 1971 numbers, can you do 1974 as well. I think it would be very interesting.
I believe WorldTennis did give Evert the nod- Rollo, correct me here if I'm wrong. The majors, however, went as follows:Mark36 said:I always thought Martina deserved the number one spot in 1978, since she dominated the (Evert-less) Slims tour and played consistently well the entire season.
Chris played wonderful tennis, but probably 30 matches less than Martina. They were equal in terms of majors, 2 a piece. What was their head to head? 2-1 for Evert? Didn't World Tennis or Tennis Magazine give Evert the nod in their year-end rankings?