The problem with both Evert and Navratilova is in surface variety in those majors. Chris: 10 on clay, 5 on grass, 3 on hard. Martina: 2 on clay, 12 on grass, 4 on hard for 18 apiece. If we changed just a few points in some close ones ( defined as one break of serve or mini in the second or third) things would look very different - or would they?
if Chris had won a few vital points in '84 Open, and Martina had won a few vital points in '85 RG, It would be Chris:9 clay,5 grass and 4 hard. Martina:3 clay, 12 grass, 3 hard for 18 apiece
Now if Martina had won a few vital points at '87 Rg, and '81 Open instead over Graf and Austin she would have 3 clay, 12 grass and 5 hard. If she won all the above it would be 4 clay, 12 grass and 5 hard for a total of 21
now if Chris had won a few vital points at '73 RG and at the '78 Wimbledon over Court and Navratilova respectively she would have 11 on clay, 6 on grass and 3 on hard. If she won all of the above she would have 11 on clay, 6 on grass and 4 on hard courts for a total of 21.
Oops I forgot the '85 Open. Martina was damn close to beating Hana there. Went to a 3rd set tiebreaker. Coulda been 22 majors split 4 clay, 12 grass, 6 hard.
Oops I forgot how close Evert was to toppling Martina in the '81 Aussie. 5-7 in the third. Coulda been 22 for her split 11 clay, 7 on grass, 4 on hard. LOL!
We can reverse this and assume the close finals are losses. Chris has 8 clay (loosing to Court and Navratilova), 4 grass ( if she looses that close '76 final to Goolagong) and 3 hard for 15 majors.
Martina could have easily ended up with 2 clay, 10 on grass (- '81 Aussie and the '78 wimbledon to Evert), and 3 on hard (- the 84 Open) for 15 majors. This is getting funny!
Last edited by BTURNER : 01-23-2013 at 08:48 PM.