Originally Posted by Soianka
There was much less depth in women's tennis in the 70's and 80's. Go look at some of the old draws. The early round matches were all cakewalks..not because Graf, Evert, and Navratilova were so great but rather because most everyone else was not.
You had overweight, out of shape, non-athletes in the top 100 of the WTA.
These days, the game is at a completely different level with very talented, fit and athletic players throughout the top 100 and below.
You may not want to believe it but Evert, Shriver and Navratilova have said so themselves.
But Graf was a freak of an athlete, kind of like Nadal.