Starting new thread so as not to derail. Originally Posted by BTURNER View Post I don't quite buy that. Wills played three slams. No reason Lenglen could not have played over here more. Lenglen beat the folks in Europe and the folks in England and the Americans that traveled to her except one year. We all know that the grass of the US championship played differently than Wimbledon. Wills did it here more too.. Just a question, as I may be misinterpreting your words here, but are you saying Lenglen was afraid of Wills? If you are, well Lenglen would not have played the one match against Wills that she did, which she played against the wishes of her father and won in straight sets. Lenglen eventually went pro the following year because she wanted to make money and was sick of paying entry fees and earning other people money for her talent, so she put her talent into action to make money playing exhibitions. After that Fiasco of a mess at the US Open (which from what I have read was completely mishandled by the officials) and the complete disrespect shown her by the american fans in her mind she probably felt to disrespected to go back, sort of like the Williams and Indian Wells. I am not saying I agree, but we cannot change others minds for them, and like the williams say...why go and support a tournament they feel is against them. Again I am not saying I agree...and if I am misinterpreting you I fully apologize. You are misinterpreting me but maybe not not another previous poster. I am not suggesting she was afraid of Wills. The reasons she stayed away from America's shores are probably many dimensional and her answer is as good as any. It just is not of much interest to me why. Lenglen did not compete in America and Wills not only competed she dominated, just as she dominated in Europe or England. That is one reason I put Wills ahead of Lenglen in GOAT ranking. What I don't buy, is the notion she is better that Wills because of pundits or players testimony says so. She needed to get over here and win some tournements on this side of the pond the way Wills did. We should not hand her the accolades that Wills sweated for. .