Originally Posted by Paul Murphy
Of the women - Navratilova by far.
Aggressive, interesting game, lovely contrast to most on the tour.
She made women's tennis very interesting - her S/V versus baseliner battles with Evert were redolent of the Lendl/McEnroe match-up.
You make a great point. For me, Martina made other players much more watchable. Sanchez Vicario bored me to death because her moonballs and looping strokes rarely served an actual purpose other than to keep an opponent back and possibly lull them to sleep. But when she played Martina she was forced to play more aggressively and show off the decent net skills that she possessed.
Martina also forced others out of their comfort zone. Had it not been for her I might've never realized what a good forehand volley Evert has. That's not a knock on Evert as I genuinely enjoyed watching her play doubles.