Originally Posted by PeteD
But in addition to numbers, isn't there a factor of greatness in contributing to appreciation and admiration of tennis as a (in a good sense of the term) "classy" sport? To me, this is the real deficit in Serena's record. Showing up only for the big purses is part of that problem, as well as hurting her in the numbers.
Serena just doesn't have the numbers to stack up against some of the all time great: slam count, total titles, ranking. She's nowhere near as dominating as Graf, Martina or Chris.
Tier1(goat): Federer; Tier 1.5: Laver, Gonzales, Sampras, Nadal, Borg;
Tier 2: Lendl, Connors, Rosewall, Tilden; Tier 2.5: McEnroe, Agassi