Originally Posted by NLBwell
The #1 ranking shows who was consistently the best throughout the year. We know Serena can reach extremely high peaks of play. To be the best ever, you also have to be consistent. If Wozniaki was over 300 weeks at #1, I would be examining her peak level and how many majors she has won. You have to do both.
People claim Wozniaki worked the schedule to be #1 (which really isn't true - almost everyone played the maximum amount of tournaments that are counted), but Serena worked the schedule to peak for the majors without going through the grind of all the smaller tournaments.
When Wozniaki was #1, who was the best player? Kvitova - only on certain days, Sharapova - not back to her best form, Clijsters - playing a limited schedule, Serena W. - sometimes injured sometimes not motivated, Stosur - not consistent, Azarenka - a head case back then. So why is the WTA ranking system messed up? It is very similar to the men's rankings. It's just that it didn't come out the way you wanted.
I agree. Consistently playing high level, commited to play throughout the year is totally difference than just playing high level for a short period. The challenge isn't just about playing the big events, but continue to compete for 1 year. On the men side, there's 4 different slam winner, but the reason why Nole ended the year #1 because he more consistent than Fed/Murray/Nadal. Serena could have been #1 if she's consistent. This is something Graf/Martina was able to do throughout their career and it helps boost their placement in his history as the goat.
Tier1(goat): Federer; Tier 1.5: Laver, Gonzales, Sampras, Nadal, Borg;
Tier 2: Lendl, Connors, Rosewall, Tilden; Tier 2.5: McEnroe, Agassi