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Pierce 1994 Roland Garros run came to my mind first. Outstanding but she didn't win the title plus Serena at the Olympics 2012 but that wasn't a slam.

So Navratilova 1983 US Open was probably the best run at a slam ever:

6-1 6-0 vs Rapponi
6-2 6-1 vs Allen
6-2 6-2 vs Gompert
6-0 6-1 vs Vasquez
6-0 6-3 vs Hanika (7)
6-2 6-1 vs Shriver (5)
6-1 6-3 vs Evert (2)
The 1983 US Open win for Navratilova was the most dominant I can remember - no more than 4 games per match and no set closer than 6-3. But that was typical of 1983 when she won 16 of 17 tournaments, her only loss, the inexplicable 6-4 0-6 6-3 loss to Kathy Horvath last 16 RG. This US Open was the second of six consecutive slams she would win 83-84. The wins she had were typical of the scorelines she had in 1983 - she barely lost any sets this year and very few of her matches went to a 7-5 or a 7-6 in any set. This was the era when she had the record 74 match win streak in singles and 109 match streak in doubles with Pam Shriver too. No player has ever been as dominant since.

Martina's 1983 season :

29‑Nov‑1983Australian OpenGrassF
(1)Navratilova d. (9)Kathy Jordan [USA]6-2 7-6
29‑Nov‑1983Australian OpenGrassSF
(1)Navratilova d. (3)Pam Shriver [USA]6-4 6-3
29‑Nov‑1983Australian OpenGrassQF
(1)Navratilova d. (8)Jo Durie [GBR]4-6 6-3 6-4
29‑Nov‑1983Australian OpenGrassR16
(1)Navratilova d. (16)Rosalyn Nideffer [USA]6-2 6-2
29‑Nov‑1983Australian OpenGrassR32
(1)Navratilova d. Liz Smylie [AUS]6-1 6-0
29‑Nov‑1983Australian OpenGrassR64
(1)Navratilova d. Heather Ludloff [USA]6-0 7-5
24‑Oct‑1983FilderstadtCarpetF
(4)Navratilova d. Catherine Tanvier [FRA]6-1 6-2
24‑Oct‑1983FilderstadtCarpetSF
(4)Navratilova d. (7)Eva Pfaff [GER]6-2 6-1
24‑Oct‑1983FilderstadtCarpetQF
(4)Navratilova d. (5)Jo Durie [GBR]6-1 6-4
24‑Oct‑1983FilderstadtCarpetR16
(4)Navratilova d. Terry Holladay [USA]6-0 6-4
24‑Oct‑1983FilderstadtCarpetR32
(4)Navratilova d. Susan Leo [AUS]6-0 6-0
10‑Oct‑1983Tarpon SpringsHardF
(1)Navratilova d. (2)Pam Shriver [USA]6-3 6-2
10‑Oct‑1983Tarpon SpringsHardSF
(1)Navratilova d. (3)Zina Garrison [USA]6-4 6-1
10‑Oct‑1983Tarpon SpringsHardQF
(1)Navratilova d. (7)Bonnie Gadusek [USA]7-5 6-2
10‑Oct‑1983Tarpon SpringsHardR16
(1)Navratilova d. Wendy Prausa [USA]6-3 6-2
10‑Oct‑1983Tarpon SpringsHardR32
(1)Navratilova d. Mareen Louie Harper [USA]6-1 6-1
30‑Aug‑1983US OpenHardF
(1)Navratilova d. (2)Chris Evert [USA]6-1 6-3
30‑Aug‑1983US OpenHardSF
(1)Navratilova d. (5)Pam Shriver [USA]6-2 6-1
30‑Aug‑1983US OpenHardQF
(1)Navratilova d. (7)Sylvia Hanika [GER]6-0 6-3
30‑Aug‑1983US OpenHardR16
(1)Navratilova d. Pilar Vasquez [PER]6-0 6-1
30‑Aug‑1983US OpenHardR32
(1)Navratilova d. Kate Gompert [USA]6-2 6-2
30‑Aug‑1983US OpenHardR64
(1)Navratilova d. Louise Allen [USA]6-2 6-1
30‑Aug‑1983US OpenHardR128
(1)Navratilova d. Emilse Rapponi Longo [USA]6-1 6-0
15‑Aug‑1983Canadian OpenHardF
(1)Navratilova d. (2)Chris Evert [USA]6-4 4-6 6-1
15‑Aug‑1983Canadian OpenHardSF
(1)Navratilova d. (5)Hana Mandlikova [AUS]6-1 7-5
15‑Aug‑1983Canadian OpenHardQF
(1)Navratilova d. (14)Kathy Horvath [USA]6-2 6-4
15‑Aug‑1983Canadian OpenHardR16
(1)Navratilova d. (10)Eva Pfaff [GER]4-6 6-4 7-5
15‑Aug‑1983Canadian OpenHardR32
(1)Navratilova d. Terry Phelps [USA]6-3 6-1
8‑Aug‑1983Manhattan BeachHardF
(1)Navratilova d. (2)Chris Evert [USA]6-1 6-3
8‑Aug‑1983Manhattan BeachHardSF
(1)Navratilova d. (3)Pam Shriver [USA]6-2 6-1
8‑Aug‑1983Manhattan BeachHardQF
(1)Navratilova d. (13)Wendy Prausa [USA]6-0 6-2
8‑Aug‑1983Manhattan BeachHardR16
(1)Navratilova d. (9)Kathy Jordan [USA]6-1 6-0
8‑Aug‑1983Manhattan BeachHardR32
(1)Navratilova d. Ann Henricksson [USA]6-1 6-1
20‑Jun‑1983WimbledonGrassF
(1)Navratilova d. (3)Andrea Jaeger [USA]6-0 6-3
20‑Jun‑1983WimbledonGrassSF
(1)Navratilova d. Yvonne Vermaak [RSA]6-1 6-1
20‑Jun‑1983WimbledonGrassQF
(1)Navratilova d. Jennifer Mundel [RSA]6-3 6-1
20‑Jun‑1983WimbledonGrassR16
(1)Navratilova d. (16)Claudia Kohde Kilsch [GER]6-1 6-2
20‑Jun‑1983WimbledonGrassR32
(1)Navratilova d. Mima Jausovec [SLO]6-2 6-1
20‑Jun‑1983WimbledonGrassR64
(1)Navratilova d. Sherry Acker [USA]7-6 6-3
20‑Jun‑1983WimbledonGrassR128
(1)Navratilova d. Beverly Mould [RSA]6-1 6-0
13‑Jun‑1983EastbourneGrassF
(1)Navratilova d. (5)Wendy Turnbull [AUS]6-1 6-1
13‑Jun‑1983EastbourneGrassSF
(1)Navratilova d. (10)Zina Garrison [USA]6-2 6-3
13‑Jun‑1983EastbourneGrassQF
(1)Navratilova d. (12)Jo Durie [GBR]6-2 6-1
13‑Jun‑1983EastbourneGrassR16
(1)Navratilova d. (13)Rosalyn Nideffer [USA]6-0 6-0
13‑Jun‑1983EastbourneGrassR32
(1)Navratilova d. Sue Barker [GBR]6-1 6-0
13‑Jun‑1983EastbourneGrassR64
(1)Navratilova d. Elise Burgin [USA]6-2 6-4
23‑May‑1983French OpenClayR16
Kathy Horvath [USA] d. (1)Navratilova6-4 0-6 6-3
23‑May‑1983French OpenClayR32
(1)Navratilova d. Wendy Prausa [USA]6-0 6-3
23‑May‑1983French OpenClayR64
(1)Navratilova d. Katerina Bohmova [CZE]6-1 6-1
23‑May‑1983French OpenClayR128
(1)Navratilova d. Mary Lou Daniels [USA]6-1 6-1
18‑Apr‑1983OrlandoClayF
(1)Navratilova d. (2)Andrea Jaeger [USA]6-1 7-5
18‑Apr‑1983OrlandoClaySF
(1)Navratilova d. (4)Hana Mandlikova [AUS]4-6 6-2 7-5
18‑Apr‑1983OrlandoClayQF
(1)Navratilova d. (8)Yvonne Vermaak [RSA]6-0 6-1
18‑Apr‑1983OrlandoClayR16
(1)Navratilova d. Anne Hobbs [GBR]6-4 6-0
4‑Apr‑1983Hilton HeadClayF
(1)Navratilova d. (3)Tracy Austin [USA]5-7 6-1 6-0
4‑Apr‑1983Hilton HeadClaySF
(1)Navratilova d. (4)Bettina Bunge [GER]6-2 6-3
4‑Apr‑1983Hilton HeadClayQF
(1)Navratilova d. (12)Andrea Temesvari [HUN]7-6 4-6 6-2
4‑Apr‑1983Hilton HeadClayR16
(1)Navratilova d. Alycia Moulton [USA]6-1 6-3
4‑Apr‑1983Hilton HeadClayR32
(1)Navratilova d. Ivanna Madruga Osses [ARG]6-0 6-0
23‑Mar‑1983Virginia Slims ChampionshipsCarpetF
(1)Navratilova d. (2)Chris Evert [USA]6-2 6-0
23‑Mar‑1983Virginia Slims ChampionshipsCarpetSF
(1)Navratilova d. (8)Sylvia Hanika [GER]6-1 6-1
23‑Mar‑1983Virginia Slims ChampionshipsCarpetQF
(1)Navratilova d. (5)Pam Shriver [USA]6-1 6-2
23‑Mar‑1983Virginia Slims ChampionshipsCarpetR16
(1)Navratilova d. Hana Mandlikova [AUS]4-6 6-1 6-0
7‑Mar‑1983DallasCarpetF
(1)Navratilova d. (2)Chris Evert [USA]6-4 6-0
7‑Mar‑1983DallasCarpetSF
(1)Navratilova d. (7)Bettina Bunge [GER]6-2 6-1
7‑Mar‑1983DallasCarpetQF
(1)Navratilova d. (6)Hana Mandlikova [AUS]6-1 6-3
7‑Mar‑1983DallasCarpetR16
(1)Navratilova d. Ann Kiyomura Hayashi [USA]6-3 6-1
7‑Mar‑1983DallasCarpetR32
(1)Navratilova d. Sue Barker [GBR]6-1 6-2
14‑Feb‑1983ChicagoCarpetF
(1)Navratilova d. (2)Andrea Jaeger [USA]6-3 6-2
14‑Feb‑1983ChicagoCarpetSF
(1)Navratilova d. (4)Pam Shriver [USA]6-1 6-3
14‑Feb‑1983ChicagoCarpetQF
(1)Navratilova d. Marcella Mesker [NED]6-2 6-2
14‑Feb‑1983ChicagoCarpetR16
(1)Navratilova d. Iva Budarova [TCH]6-1 6-1
14‑Feb‑1983ChicagoCarpetR32
(1)Navratilova d. Ann Kiyomura Hayashi [USA]6-3 6-1
10‑Jan‑1983HoustonCarpetF
(1)Navratilova d. (7)Sylvia Hanika [GER]6-3 7-6
10‑Jan‑1983HoustonCarpetSF
(1)Navratilova d. (3)Tracy Austin [USA]6-2 6-2
10‑Jan‑1983HoustonCarpetQF
(1)Navratilova d. (6)Bettina Bunge [GER]6-1 7-5
10‑Jan‑1983HoustonCarpetR16
(1)Navratilova d. Dianne Balestrat [AUS]7-6 6-0
10‑Jan‑1983HoustonCarpetR32
(1)Navratilova d. Lisa Bonder Kreiss [USA]6-0 6-2
3‑Jan‑1983WashingtonCarpetF
(1)Navratilova d. (6)Sylvia Hanika [GER]6-1 6-1
3‑Jan‑1983WashingtonCarpetSF
(1)Navratilova d. Mary Lou Daniels [USA]6-1 6-3
3‑Jan‑1983WashingtonCarpetQF
(1)Navratilova d. Helena Sukova [CZE]6-2 6-1
3‑Jan‑1983WashingtonCarpetR16
(1)Navratilova d. (Q)Vicki Nelson Dunbar [USA]6-0 6-0
3‑Jan‑1983WashingtonCarpetR32
(1)Navratilova d. Leigh Anne Thompson [USA]6-2 6-1
 

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I was going to say there was a point in the 80s where either Graff or Martina ran the table at Wimbledon/US Open and until the Final had yet to spend more than a half hour on court for any match.

Dominance doesn't come close to describe the way they decimated lower ranked players. For them, there was only each other and maybe one or two other players that they feared. Everyone else was target practice.
I was going to say something similar to this. (Even Evert herself has said that when she played it was a cakewalk to the quarterfinals.)

I don’t think anyone will win 100+ tournaments anymore. The game is too competitive and physical now. With the exception of Evert, Nav’s draw at ‘83 US Open doesn’t look so impressive. Still have to admire her dedication and passion for the game and all that she accomplished, though.


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I don’t think anyone will win 100+ tournaments anymore. The game is too competitive and physical now.
What a bunch of crap. Serena could have easily won 100+ tournaments if she had been more committed to tour events in her career. Great champions still can and will be able to win a lot of tournaments if they have the talent, drive and consistency to do so.

Federer won title No. 103 last Fall. Nadal and Djokovic may pass him if they play three or four more years LOL
 

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I was going to say something similar to this. (Even Evert herself has said that when she played it was a cakewalk to the quarterfinals.)

I don’t think anyone will win 100+ tournaments anymore. The game is too competitive and physical now. With the exception of Evert, Nav’s draw at ‘83 US Open doesn’t look so impressive. Still have to admire her dedication and passion for the game and all that she accomplished, though.


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Serena would easily have won over 100 tournaments if she was less focused on her slam count as the ultimate determinant of her legacy. Winning 100+ tournaments has nothing to do with "competition".
 

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What a bunch of crap. Serena could have easily won 100+ tournaments if she had been more committed to tour events in her career. Great champions still can and will be able to win a lot of tournaments if they have the talent, drive and consistency to do so.

Federer won title No. 103 last Fall. Nadal and Djokovic may pass him if they play three or four more years LOL
I’m not disagreeing with you. I agree Serena hasn’t been as dedicated as the big 3, which is one reason she has won so much less than them. I question if the GOAT who comes after her will be able to have the numbers of someone like Nav or Graf. Yes Federer has 100+ titles, but do you really think he’ll end his career with Nav and Graf level numbers? (ie. 167 tourneys won, 89% winning rate.)
 

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Serena would easily have won over 100 tournaments if she was less focused on her slam count as the ultimate determinant of her legacy. Winning 100+ tournaments has nothing to do with "competition".
I’m well aware she could have won more had she been more dedicated, which is what I meant. And yes, competition does matter. Beating Zvereva 6-0 6-0 in a slam final is an easier task than what Maria accomplished in 2008 by beating quality players like Henin, or what Serena accomplished in 2002 by winning all those majors despite having to go against others who were also playing good tennis. I agree the completion was tougher in Serena’s earlier career (1999-2009) with peak Venus and peak Henin in the field (plus the combination of Davenport, Hingis, and Capriati). I think Graf beat some quality players like Seles, but Seles hadn’t blossomed by ‘88, and both Nav and Christie already had their best days behind them. Let’s just agree to disagree.
 

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I’m well aware she could have won more had she been more dedicated, which is what I meant. And yes, competition does matter. Beating Zvereva 6-0 6-0 in a slam final is an easier task than what Maria accomplished in 2008 by beating quality players like Henin, or what Serena accomplished in 2002 by winning all those majors despite having to go against others who were also playing good tennis. I agree the completion was tougher in Serena’s earlier career (1999-2009) with peak Venus and peak Henin in the field (plus the combination of Davenport, Hingis, and Capriati). I think Graf beat some quality players like Seles, but Seles hadn’t blossomed by ‘88, and both Nav and Christie already had their best days behind them. Let’s just agree to disagree.
When you said "I don’t think anyone will win 100+ tournaments anymore ", you made it sound like that was simply a product of the game being too competitive. If players don't win 100+ tournaments, it would be because they weren't good enough to, not because of how competitive the modern game is. If the Big 3 on the ATP for example are still cleaning up all tournaments in 2020, nothing stops any younger, fitter player from doing the same. The newer generation aren't doing the same cos they aren't good enough to, and not because of increased competitiveness.
 

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When you said "I don’t think anyone will win 100+ tournaments anymore ", you made it sound like that was simply a product of the game being too competitive. If players don't win 100+ tournaments, it would be because they weren't good enough to, not because of how competitive the modern game is. If the Big 3 on the ATP for example are still cleaning up all tournaments in 2020, nothing stops any younger, fitter player from doing the same. The newer generation aren't doing the same cos they aren't good enough to, and not because of increased competitiveness.
If anything, Serena actually has less competition than the Big 3. They have each other. Serena hasn't had any real rival for a decade. When Kim retired for the second time, the level of Serena's competition dropped significantly. Venus was no longer able to really do what she was doing in 2000-2009. Azarenka was a two-year rival. Serena hasn't had a Justine/Jennifer/Venus/Martina-level of competition to really snatch trophies from her. I mean, 2015 Serena won 3 slams, and she wasn't even playing all that well. I know it requires unbelievable commitment and intensity to play at this level for nearly 25 years, but for the last 10, Serena should have been cleaning up.
 
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