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    Famous or favourite almost straight set wins turned into epics

    An Evert match comes to mind. Evert had the potential for either a 6-3, 6-4 straight set victory over Navratilova in the 1985 RG match, or later a 6-3,7-5 victory. It all looked very routine. She was sitting with a break up in the second, and then I quote Chris "I think I went numb that...
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    Margaret Court Continues to Stay Ahead of the Pack at 24

    BJK isn't even among the top tier in my view. Graf definitely is in the running. I refuse to take any notice of whether any single specific player is or is not playing in a major for any reason. No single player is important enough to compromise the validity or depthof a tournament or the...
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    Margaret Court Continues to Stay Ahead of the Pack at 24

    The thing to keep in mind here, is that in Margaret's day, EVERYBODY played doubles or mixed. When the Willams sisters win a slam, they may represent half of the total number of top ten women to play doubles. In Margarets day, maybe 3 of the top ten did not play. Playing doubles was just part...
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    Navratilova is overrated compared to Evert

    You can give Dad some of the credit. Evert did not play her first major before her body was at least physically ready to compete with women at 16 years old. Graf started at 14 years old. Seles at 15. Evert was introduced gradually into the pro game with short seasons, so that there was not...
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    Navratilova is overrated compared to Evert

    What's more astonishing was the when. If you see blue she lost before the Semifinals in one of the total listed that year. The multiplier represents the number of majors entered that year.Never more than once in a year. How in hell do you manage not to falter at all in your first 12 yrs...
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    Navratilova is overrated compared to Evert

    Have a party. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evert–Navratilova_rivalry "In the 12 years from the introduction of the WTA rankings in November 1975 until August 1987, one of the two held the top spot in all but 23 weeks, switching multiple times between 1978 and 1985. In the first 615 weeks of...
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    Who was the good guy in the 80s?

    Wilander and Edberg were the clear 'good guys' with white hats. I think Edberg literally owned the sportsman of the year award for several.
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    Margaret Court Continues to Stay Ahead of the Pack at 24

    Stop talking about 'a ' bad quote or 'a' tape. Its a bit of a dodge. I am not interested in 'a' quote or what her husband did or did not find. . I never determine who is or who is not a homophobe or racist on the basis of an issue or a speech or a comment. It takes a pervasive pattern over...
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    Margaret Court Continues to Stay Ahead of the Pack at 24

    No, I am under no misapprehension about Court suddenly feeling chaste on the topic of homosexuality. She has God's word as her sword and shield now. But she might occasionally choose to attend a tennis match or two sitting quietly in a the former champion's section. There are too many such...
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    Margaret Court Continues to Stay Ahead of the Pack at 24

    Not sure about RG or Wimbledon, but she is not reaching for adoration status in Australia. Civilized people understand that blatant and unrepentent bigotry and discrimination has no place of honor in society. Not all speech is equal. If your speech is divisive and outragious, you can't be...
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    Serena Williams ties Navratilova's Slam final tally

    I agree with you 100%, but I am not shocked. Media likes horse races, where there is a simple answer to every question, and any 'expert' can look smart if they add two sentences of 'context' without having to understand the topic at all.
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    Margaret Court Continues to Stay Ahead of the Pack at 24

    I will bet a lot of money that no one asked Court to do any 'passing of the torch' She'd be heartily and resoundingly booed in New York and neither she, nor the tournament, nor Serena wants any part of that. And that same risk exists all over the tour these days. Unless she sits down and...
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    Serena Williams ties Navratilova's Slam final tally

    Players have been complaining about the length and pressures of the calendar for years. They just needed to see things the way some here do, and the answer is in front of their faces.
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    Serena Williams ties Navratilova's Slam final tally

    Put it in perspective. If we don't teach history within its historical context in the education system. And nobody understands how Hitler got into power, or how third world colonialism led to the spread of communism 75 years later, or how machiavellian European competition in the middle...
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    Serena Williams ties Navratilova's Slam final tally

    Evert is fascinating. Evert is different from every other GOAT candidate. She is the 'anti-peak' champion. You can't look top down at her game and see a GOAT candidate. You have to turn her career upside down and look from the bottom up. And you are looking for what did not happen as much...
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