Originally Posted by Condoleezza
In 2000-03 Graf was gone and Davenport & Hingis slumped or were injured most of the time. Take away all Graf/Davenport/Hingis matches and Venus has the same winning percentage in 1999 as in 2000/03.
Graf would not have dominated in 2000/04 but she would have won a slam here and there. 4-6 more slams in 5 years would have been easily possible.
Explain to me how it was Hingis and Davenport were slumped or injured most of the time in 2000 and 2001. I can see 2002 and 2003, but not 2000 and 2001.
Hingis and Davenport did not slump in 2000 and 2001. Davenport's only problem is she was losing to Venus so much, and she wasnt before, except for Venus she is doing just as well as 98-99. Hingis in 2000 was the same as 1998-1999 except losing to Venus much more often too. In 2001 Hingis also started to lose to a rejuvenated Capriati, and to a more mature Serena more often. Hingis in 1998 was already starting to see her dominance ended with the emergence of power tennis, Davenport starting to beat her often, the Williams beating her sometimes, Pierce occasionaly. Then each year from there it increased, Venus and Serena beating her more and more often, Capriati coming back and starting to beat her, etc....So it makes sense 2000 and 2001 was a bit more down from 1998 and 1999, the same way 1998 and 1999 was down from 1997 for her. It was a gradual decline of her former dominance once the power game emerged again.