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Best Female Tennis Players of All Time

Mon 13 September 2021 | 13:30

Among the wide range of sports and their big fans, a large group of them have had a lifelong passion for tennis. For all sports supporters, reading about the superstars is amongst the most viewed topics. In today's article, we have presented a list of the best female tennis players of all time.

Almost always, selecting the greatest from a group, who is the best, has been a difficult task. Within the last 50 years of the Open Era, many great women players have appeared, and by performing excellent performances, they have recorded their names in the tennis world.

By not considering the most notable female stars in tennis from the early 20th century, there will be a long list full of prominent names with brilliant career histories. In addition to their talents, there have been several other items that have affected their success.

For example, some changes in women's fitness regimes and nutrition alongside the advances in racket technology during the years have enhanced the level of quality of the talented players. All of them, besides each other, have made the process of choosing the best female tennis players of all time a complicated task. 

After pouring the stars via the countless statistical records and passing the names from various filters, ten of them have remained, which we have presented here as the greatest female tennis players of all time. Stay with us till the end of the article to get more about these talented tennis players whose excellent achievements have earned their names on the list.

Greatest Female Tennis Players of All Time

As you read through the introduction, in today's article, we have focused on the stars as the best female tennis players of all time. Though searching the topic might get you different results, the following list is updated based on the last performance and achieved honors of these tennis stars. Stay with us to know these outstanding athletes in the tennis world and read a short overview of each of them.

Evonne Goolagong

Age:

 

70

Nationality:

 

Australian

Turned Pro:

 

1968

Career Titles:

 

68

Grand Slam Title(s):

 

 6 (5 Australian Open, 1 Wimbledon)

Plays:

 

Right-handed (one-handed backhand)

Evonne Goolagong is one star whose name is amongst the 

greatest female tennis players of all time

. However, playing in Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova's era did not let him be known much.

Though Goolagong had appeared in one of the most rival eras that women's tennis has experienced, she could earn seven Grand Slam titles. Evonne, the star who allocated place No. 1 in the tennis world to herself in 1976, has one distinction with others.

After giving birth to her daughter in 1977, Evonne won Wimbledon. The award made her the only mother who could earn the honor before World War I. During her professional history, Evonne only missed one Grand Slam, which was in the US Open, the competition that she had reached the final phases in four consecutive years, from 1973 to 1976.

Justine Henin

  • Age: 39

  • Nationality: Belgian

  • Turned Pro: 1999

  • Career Titles: 50

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 7 (1 Australian, 4 French, 2 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)

Justine Henin, the 39-year-old professional tennis star, has highlighted her name amongst the best female tennis players ever by her mental and physical toughness. Though few people expect powerful punches, serve, and forehand shots from Henindue to her small structure, she does them powerfully with much accuracy.

As Henin has shown during her career history, she is one of the greatest volleyers in the match. Achieving the No. 1 ranking in the tennis world in 2003, Henin earned both the French Open and the US Open.

In addition to winning the Gold Medal at the Athens Olympics, Henin earned seven other honors, Grand Slam title, within her professional history. The brilliant Belgian legend abruptly announced her decision regarding her retirement.

The citing burnout, which had occurred over 20 years of competitive tennis, had caused her to decide. Two years later, Henin came back to the tennis world for a short period. However, her return did not last too long, and in 2011, she retired forever.

Venus Williams

  • Age: 41

  • Nationality: American

  • Turned Pro: 1994

  • Career Titles: 49

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 7 (5 Wimbledon, 2 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

If you are a big tennis fan, most likely you have looked for Venus Williams's name through the presented list of the best female tennis players of all time. Many think that if the 41-year-old tennis star did not have to play against Serene, her talented athlete, she probably had earned more Grand Slam titles for herself.

The legend sisters have appeared head-to-head nine times in a Grand Slam final, of which seven ones ended in Serena's victories. Suffering various injuries during her career, Venus gained four out of her seven Grand Slam triumphs within only the year from 2000 to 2001.

One year later, in 2002, Venus placed her name as the No. 1 tennis player in the tennis world. It was an honor, which she achieved through appearing on three separate occasions. As her achievements on her career history shows, she has earned most of her success at Wimbledon, her favorite court, that she earned five titles. 

Suffering from knee and hip problems for several years, Venus restarted her career in the 2014 season by ranking 47. However, it did not take much that brought her name back into the top ten. 

Monica Seles

  • Age: 47

  • Nationality: Yugoslavian

  • Turned Pro: 1989

  • Career Titles: 53

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 9 (4 Australian, 3 French, 2 US Open)

  • Plays: Left-handed (two-handed on both sides)

Most experts believe that if the unfortunate on-court invasion by a mad fan had not happened in 1993, Monica had been able to win more Grand Slam titles. Following the fan's sick obsession, many followers of some great games, such as the epic competition between Monica and Steffi Graf, were banned from attending the match. 

Due to the incident, Monica did not play for two years, and after her return to the tennis world, it was clear that she was not the same athlete who had appeared two years ago. However, through participating in the 1996 Australian Open, she achieved her only post-attack Grand Slam triumph.

Monica kept playing till 2003 and in 2008 officially announced her retirement. Remembered as the most dominant player between 1990 and 1992, Monica Seles recorded seven out of her nine Grand Slam Titles in her career history during only these two years. There is no wonder why Monica's name, who once was the top-ranked woman in the tennis world, is amongst the top female tennis players of all time. 

Billie Jean King

  • Age: 77

  • Nationality: American

  • Turned Pro: 1968

  • Career Titles: 129

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 12 (1 Australian, 1 French, 6 Wimbledon, 4 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)

One of the most memorable events in tennis history has been the unforgettable battle between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973, which was a weird and wacky competition. Devoting one place amongst the 

best women tennis players of all time

 comes from the rich career history that King left from herself.

Disposing of Mr. Riggs for a short period, King also had earned domination on women's tennis during the years between the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. King was also famous for the hard-charging aggressive playing style, which had contrasts with her prominent rival, Chris Evert's method, stately ground match.

One of the outstanding periods in King's career history backs to the years between 1966 to 1975, which she could achieve Wimbledon six times. Despite the aggressive, hard-hitting net-rusher skill with high speed, Evert believed that she had a weak point, and it was her impatience. 

Chris Evert

  • Age: 66

  • Nationality: American

  • Turned Pro: 1972

  • Career Titles: 157

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 18 (2 Australian, 7 French, 3 Wimbledon, 6 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

One of the other names on the list of the 

best female tennis players of all time

 belongs to a former American tennis player, Chris Evert. Having passed a bit after starting her career, Evert found a place amongst the greatest female tennis athletes for herself.

During her career history, the late 1970s was when Evert had reached her maximum dominance in tennis and become nearly unbeatable at one time. Evert, famous as a clay-court specialist, left an impressive career history from herself in which she had participated in several remarkable French Open matches of all time.

The ability of a two-handed backhand shot seemed a skill like a breakthrough move during a period in which playing with the one-handed method was the norm. The shot had made her such a machine whose playing style had made her one of the most graceful players on the courts that could dominate women's tennis between the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. 

Martina Navratilova

  • Age: 64

  • Nationality: American, Czech, Czechoslovak

  • Turned Pro: 1975

  • Career Titles: 167

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 18 (3 Australian, 2 French, 9 Wimbledon, 4 US Open)

  • Plays: Left-handed (one-handed backhand), born right-handed

Martina Navratilova is another athlete of the first three among the greatest female players in tennis history. The retired American tennis player owns one of the most prominent and successful professional careers during tennis history.

Following Navratilova's off-court coaching and nourishment regimen, she launched a health and shape reconstruction in the tennis world. As the tennis player who had reached high levels in single, doubles, and mixed doubles events, Navratilova is now a perfect role model in the fittest female athletes, which ambitious players follow.

Navratilova's astonishing performance had made her one of the most intricate contestants that had ever appeared on the court and a star who had dominated women's tennis between the late 1970s and 1980s.

The big serve and volley back are two things that Navratilova earned the tennis world through owning excellent physical situation. For knowing more about Navratilova's playing style, it is better to look at how Ever has described her, "Martina revolutionized the game by her superb athleticism and aggressiveness.

She brought athleticism to a whole new level with her training techniques- particularly cross-training, the idea that you could go to the gym or play basketball to get in shape for tennis." About eight years after her retirement as a player, Navratilova joined Agnieszka Radwanska's coaching staff.  

Steffi Graf

  • Age: 52

  • Nationality: German- West German

  • Turned Pro: 1982

  • Career Titles: 107

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 22 (4 Australian, 6 French, 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)

One of three first names on the list of 

best women tennis players of all time

 is Steffi Graf, whose Grand Slam awards are even more than Serena Williams. Graf, who has held a wide range of records during his career history, is the player who has achieved the Calendar Golden Slam not only among women but amongst men. The honor includes all four Slam titles and gold at the Olympics in a single calendar year. 

Graf, whose excellent playing has made her able to win on all surfaces, could keep herself a consistent model during her career, which lasted for 17 years. Holding the record of 377 weeks as the number one ranking in the world in both male and female players, Graf was a star, which during the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, kept herself in a level that no one could appear better than her.

Even after her retirement, Graf allocated the rank three in the world to herself. It was Serena Williams's long and legendary career that could surpass Graf's excellent professional history.

Otherwise, Graf would have remained the greatest of all time. Comparing Serena and Steffi has always been a controversial topic because both of them have been incredible athletes, which could dominate not only in their era but also in advanced female tennis.

Serena Williams

  • Age: 39

  • Nationality: American

  • Turned Pro: 1995

  • Career Titles: 73

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 23 (7 Australian, 3 French, 7 Wimbledon, 6 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Is there any tennis fan who has not heard Serena Williams' name? the star who has allocated place No. 1 on the list of the 

greatest female players in tennis history

 to herself? As you read on the presented shortlist, the number of her career and Grand Slam title can prove that Serena, one of the most robust women stars, has left herself unforgettable marks on tennis. 

Serena's impressive career achievements prove why she deserves to be on the list of the best women tennis players of all time. Even after her pregnancy, Serena has appeared in the competitions as strong as the past or maybe better. For more than 20 years, what Williams's sisters have gained has remained unachievable for any athletes.

The 23-gained women's Gand Slam titles have made Serena the leading women's player whose high rank has also placed her amongst the highest-paid athletes in 2021 since the last decade. By letting no other tennis player achieve even a bit more advantage, Serena has been able to keep her name as one of the most notable athletes right now. 

Margaret Court

  • Age: 79

  • Nationality: Australian

  • Turned Pro: 1960

  • Career Titles: 192

  • Grand Slam Title(s): 24 (11 Australian, 5 French, 3 Wimbledon, 5 US Open)

  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)

According to many experts, Margaret Court, by owning 24 Grand Slam singles titles, deserves to be named as one of the 

top female tennis players of all time

. However, they are not all her gained honor. Court also recorded 19 doubles, mixed doubles, and 62 Major titles in her career history.

Her excellent performance had aroused much admiration, which one of them was from the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which stated, "For sheer strength of performance and accomplishment, there has never been a tennis player to match her." Furthermore, in 2010, she got the title of the greatest female tennis player of all time, which Evonne Goolagong Cawley supported. 

Owning the advantages of height and strength had abled her to become an impregnable rival in the women's tennis world. When Margaret added her big serve to her style, she became a dominant traditional defensive player alongside the abilities of unusual mobility for her size, serve, and volley style.

One of the secrets behind Margaret's name was the commitment she had to fitness training. Titled "The Aussie Amazon," Margaret could spend most of her career injury-free due to doing weights, circuit training, and running along sandy hillsides. 

If you are a big tennis fan, the names that you read through the text might have been known for you. Despite the rich career histories behind each of the 

best female tennis players ever

, we tried to present a comprehensive brief regarding each of them.

However, talking about each of them fully needs at least separated articles. The controversial topic might have aroused some ideas in you, which we welcome all of them. Be in contact with us via the comment section. 

 

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