The Top 10 Female French Open Champions

The Top 10 Female French Open Champions Chris Evert – The draws Evert faced in the 1970s may not have been terribly deep, but Evert won this title 7 times with her first title coming in 1974 and her final title coming in 1986.  Evert’s final two triumphs were three set thrillers against her #1…

The Top 10 Female Australian Open Champions

I found this list harder to compile than its male counterpart.  I think my final reasoning is sound, but it is certainly not infallible. Top 10 Female Australian Open Champions Serena Williams – Serena claimed her first title in Melbourne in 2003 to clinch her first Serena Slam.  Much like Jimmy Connors streak of winning the…

Serena vs. Steffi Revisited

Right after Sam Stosur won the 2011 US Open, I wrote one of my more revisited pieces on how Stosur used a Graf game plan to win that match.  Between that match and 31 January 2015, Serena has added 3 US Open titles, 1 Wimbledon, 1 Roland Garros, 2 Gold Medals, and most recently 1…

Serena as the GOAT? Depends

Serena Williams has won so many big prizes and played tennis at such an exceptionally high level that GOAT questions arise whenever she is close to adding another major title.  I recently, tried to clarify some of the issues surrounding the men’s GOAT debate by offering three lenses for viewing the problem.  I think these categories…

French Open Memories: Steffi Graf 1987-1989

My first distinct tennis memories are matches between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in the 1982 Wimbledon men’s championship and the 1984 US Open semifinal.  Both were five set thrillers, but I did not start following tennis regularly until Boris Becker won Wimbledon in 1985.  French Open matches did not make much of an impression…

Olympic Tennis Review: 1992 The Women Delivered & The Men Did Not

The 1988 Olympic Games brought tennis back as a medal sport.  Steffi Graf completed a “Golden Slam” in 1988, and the overall success of the tennis events brought about a great deal of excitement for the 1992 games.  These games were held in Barcelona, Spain so Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario looked to be a major factor.  The…

Olympic Tennis Review: 1988 Graf was Golden

Preview Olympic Tennis has had a lot of ups and downs.  During some Olympic years, the tennis events have seemed at best like a 500 point tour level tournament while other years have produced high drama for the sport.  With Davis Cup, Federation Cup, Hopman Cup, World Team Cup, and tennis’ four majors being held…

WTA Benefiting from Continuity

I wrote last year that 2011 was a good year for the WTA.  I felt this way because Petra Kvitova looked like she would be a contender for multiple years, Na Li helped tennis expand into a market of over 1 billion people, Sam Stosur added a Grand Slam champion to the great Aussie tradition,…