The Most Dominant Duo?

Which legendary doubles team has more impressive stats: Navratilova and Shriver or the Williams sisters?

Published June 10, 2010 12:00

The Most Dominant Duo?
Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Pam Shriver, Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver are widely considered the greatest doubles team in Sony Ericsson WTA Tour history. Among their Open Era records are longest match win streak, most career titles and most majors. While it appears most of their marks are safe, for now at least, some say the Williams sisters can at least make an argument for best duo ever.

Serena and Venus, though they have made doubles more of a priority the last couple of years, did not play much doubles for big chunks of their careers. Therefore, they fall short of Navratilova and Shriver - who played doubles about as often as possible - when comparing many statistics, however, stats like match win percentage can provide a better idea of which team was better in their era. Of course, the Williamses are still in their primes, so they have time to draw closer in some of the statistical categories in which they trail.

So, which is the more dominant team? Let the numbers decide.

Match Records
Navratilova/Shriver: 390-25 (93.976%)
Williams/Williams: 145-18 (88.957%)

Longest Match Win Streak
Navratilova/Shriver: 109
Serena/Venus: 21
Notes: After losing a final in Orlando on April 24, 1983, Navratilova and Shriver did not lose again until the 1985 Wimbledon final on July 6, 1985 … The Williamses' streak does not factor in a 2000 US Open semifinal match that they withdrew from … The sisters currently have a 15-match win streak in effect.

Navratilova/Shriver: 79
Williams/Williams: 19
Notes: Two of the Williamses' titles were Olympic gold medals in 2000 and 2008, and while Shriver did win a gold alongside Zina Garrison in 1988, she never played with Navratilova at the Olympics.

Grand Slam Match Records
Navratilova/Shriver: 158-12, 92.941% (41-1 at Australian Open, 24-0 at French Open, 50-6 at Wimbledon, 43-5 at US Open)
Williams/Williams: 93-7, 93.000% (33-3 at Australian Open, 13-1 at French Open, 29-1 at Wimbledon, 18-2 at US Open)

Grand Slam Titles
Navratilova/Shriver: 20
Williams/Williams: 12
Notes: Navratilova and Shriver are the only team to win all four majors in the same year, 1984, and in fact, captured eight straight majors in between 1983 and 1985. They also won a non-calendar Grand Slam three times … With their French Open victory last week, the Williamses achieved their first non-calendar Grand Slam, as they are now the defending champs at all four majors … The Williamses have the third most majors in the Open Era, trailing Navratilova and Shriver and Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva, who have 14.

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