We can all theorise until we’re blue in the face, but stats don’t care about shoulda woulda coulda.that doesn't make sense. seles was the better player by far of her era and routinely beating graf in non-grass finals. henin was the graf of this situation. she benefitted from the loss of serena's sister, serena's rash of injuries and indifference to the sport. henin only really had like 5 years of top level play-03, 04,05,06,07. . after the 03 wimbledon, serena dealt with many injuries. henin had nothing tio do with serena's lack of success. if serena and seles were healthy than the graf and henin wouldn't have won as much.
your 2 bolds contradict themselves. you don't want what ifs but assume henin would've won 2 majors. and stats do lie- her h2h included the french open where she cheat, and 1 year in 07 when serena was heavily injured. again it wasn't a rivalry as much as henin taking advantage of a 5 year window. henin was basically a clay court specialist who got a slam or two on other surfaces and that was due to the best player being in and out. non-rivalry.We can all theorise until we’re blue in the face, but stats don’t care about shoulda woulda coulda.
And the stats on Serena and Henin at the time of Henin’s first retirement were not as clear cut as you might think...
Serena v Henin
GS Titles: 8 v 7
GS RU: 2 v 4
Weeks at #1: 57 v 117
Olympics: 0 v 1
Titles: 31 v 41
H2H: 7 v 6
No one is suggesting that Henin would have had the post 2011 success that Serena had, but it’s not unthinkable to imagine her snatching a slam or two in that 2008-2012 period had she continued playing until she was 30 years old.
you're just being a jerk, that's allI'm not even surprised by this disgrace of a post. But yeah, when I criticise this cult some members will go "urgh the cult is not bad, you are prejudiced, it's not worse than other fanbases" and make themselves the victims (just like a certain player did in 2018 in the US Open Final).
Among the current generation? Right now it's probably Andreescu, but I doubt she'd make the grade for that list. Top 5 greatest is really really big, and shouldn't become something banal to say. It's not a label that should be tossed to any player.
Steffi had the greatest slice in the history of the sport. Since nearly everyone almost exclusively hit to her backhand, it goes down as the most defended shot in history as well. No one could consistently knife the ball, just barely above the net, which then skidded when it hit the court and stayed low. Has anyone ever hit as many beautiful backhand slice winners as much as Steffi?? Her low cross court slider would skid away and leave her opponents baffled at times. It was a thing of beauty, the way she leaned into it and knifed it like buttah.The original article ranked Graf #1 partly because of her “incomparable backhand.” LOL, wut? The one she sliced every time?