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Best Female Tennis Players of All Time

Updated on May 3, 2017

A Few Tennis Facts....

Tennis is an Olympic Sport and also a Special Olympics sport.

Tennis originated in Birmingham, England In 1859.

Women wore dresses down to their heels in their first ever participation at Wimbledon.


Legendary Ladies of Tennis

Martina Navratilova has 1,442 wins in her Hall of Fame career.
Martina Navratilova has 1,442 wins in her Hall of Fame career. | Source
Steffi Graf has won a gold medal and she was the number one female tennis player in the world for 337 weeks which is a tennis record.
Steffi Graf has won a gold medal and she was the number one female tennis player in the world for 337 weeks which is a tennis record. | Source
Chris Evert won 18 Grand Slam titles and she left the sport with a 90% win ratio.
Chris Evert won 18 Grand Slam titles and she left the sport with a 90% win ratio. | Source
Margaret Court always gave it her all, win or lose, every time out.
Margaret Court always gave it her all, win or lose, every time out. | Source

Who is The Best?

Who is the best female tennis player in history?

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Some of The Best in Tennis History

Venus along with her sister have a great knowledge of the game.
Venus along with her sister have a great knowledge of the game. | Source

Top 10 Female Tennis Players in History

1. Martina Navratilova: Martina holds several women's tennis records including being the only player to be rated number one for over 200 weeks in singles and doubles competition. She won 18 Grand Slams during her marvelous career and she was a fan favorite. Most experts rank her as the best singles and doubles player that has ever graced the court. She is an activist and she is both loved and controversial at the same time. Navratilova's bet assets were that she was excellent at everything and payed well on any surface. (Career: 1975-2006)

2. Steffi Graf: This legendary German tennis player has won 22 Grand Slam titles and she is the only woman to have won a gold medal and all four Grand Slam titles in one single year which is astonishing. Her forehand drive is very strong and her footwork is second to none in women's tennis. Graf is very personable and connected with the audience because of her skills and her determination to win each time out. Graf could move on the turf with elegant grace and make it look easy as her opponents struggled to keep up, (Career: 1982-1999)

3. Chris Evert: Tennis Legend Chris Evert has won three doubles titles to go along with her 18 Grand Slam wins. Evert who was born and lives in Florida is a huge fan favorite who was always full of energy at extreme self confidence. She has also coached players and she is an ESPN Tennis commentator currently. She has 157 singles championships and her final tennis record is an amazing 1309 wins and 146 losses which equals almost a 90% win ratio. Chris Evert had a beautiful serve and she could fast or hard serve at pinpoint spots all over the court. (Career: 1972-1989)

4. Serena Williams: Williams has a chance to at least become number two on my list since she is still at the top of her game in 2014 and she is still active. As it stands she is still Hall of Fame bound. She already has 32 Major championships including 17 Grand Slams in the singles division which is where she made her mark. With her sister, Venus, the duo has also earned 13 Grand Slams in doubles competition. Serena also holds a record of having won four gold medals in her sport. Williams has power and her serves and ground strokes are both beautiful and scary at the same time. (Career: 1995-Present)

5. Margaret Court: Court holds the Grand a Slam record having won 24 of them in her wonderful career. Overall, Court has won 64 major titles and her 91% winning percentage is the best in history. Her backhand was spectacular and she did it one handed with speed and power. Australia's best ever female tennis player had an extremely long reach which made her a giant on volleys. As a team she has won 19 doubles and 21 mixed doubles in her remarkable career as well. Court can best be described as the Wilt Chamberlain of Women's Tennis. (Career: 1960-1977)

6. Billie Jean King: King has won 39 total Grand Slams including wins in singles, mixed doubles and doubles tournaments. She became world re known for beating Bobby Riggs in a male vs. female matchup. She founded the Women's Tennis Association and she is a women's rights activist who is known the world over. She was very fast of hand and foot and her net rushing is stuff of legend. King holds an amazing tennis record of having won two Grand Slams in the same year without losing a set the entire time. (Career: 1959-1983)

7. Venus Williams: Venus has 22 total Grand Slam titles including winning doubles championships with her sister Serena. She is all about the power game and her serve often intimated the opposition. Just like Serena Venus can advance on this list since she is still active and winning. Williams has garnered four Olympic Gold medals during her excellent career. Her baseline power is aggressive and successful and she isone of if not the best grass court player in the sports long history. (Career: 1994-Present)

8. Monica Seles: This Hall of Fame Tennis legend won 53 titles in her distinguished career including nine Grand Slams in singles competition. She is very famous because of the incident in which she was stabbed by someone who rushed onto the court. She made a comeback but she was never the same after that. On the other hand Seles accomplished tons in such a short window. At 16 years of age she became the youngest ever winner of the French Open, a record she still holds. (Career: 1989-2008)

9. Martina Hingis: Martina Hingis 14 Grand Slams including five in the single player competition. Hingis suffered injuries which forced an early retirement or she would most likely have ranked even higher on this list. However, Hingis holds several records as it stands because she accomplished much at a young age. Her career in doubles competition is even more steller than her individual playing career. Although she lacked a power serve she was able to wear her opponents down with great gameplay and constant angles. (Career: 1994-Present)

10. Evonne Goolagong: Goolagong is an Australian tennis legend who won 14 Grand Slams including six in the singles ranks. Her skills were above average and she had tons of heart and conditioning that usually got her the victory. She couldn't win at Wimbledon because Billie Jean King beat her easily but she bounced back by winning the French Open with her non stop energy and quick footwork on turf and grass. Evonne Goolagong has used speed and accuracy along with excellent shot selection to baffle the opponent. (Career: 1968-1983)




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Serena Williams

Serena Williams has won 13 Slams in her career thus far.
Serena Williams has won 13 Slams in her career thus far. | Source

Martina Navratilova's Grand Slams (Singles)

Australian Open (3 X)
French Open (2 X)
Wimbledon (9 X)
Number 1 Ranked (1978)
US Open (4 X)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Martina Navratilova accomplished much in her career finishing with a singles record of 1,442 wins and 219 losses.

The Battle of The Sexes: King vs. Riggs

Billie Jean King proved that winning a tennis match isn't about being male or female it's about perfecting your craft.
Billie Jean King proved that winning a tennis match isn't about being male or female it's about perfecting your craft. | Source

Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs

The Battle of the Sexes was a tennis match that was seen across America on television. It pitted male tennis player Bobby Riggs against female tennis great Billie Jean King.

The game was played with the best of five sets wins. Billie Jean King pitched a three set shutout and proved male or female has nothing to do with tennis skills. The scores in Billie Jean King's favor were 6-4, 6-3 and 6-3.

Best Female Tennis Players in History

Birthplace of Billie Jean King (Long Beach, California)

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      Buster Johnson 2 years ago from Alabama

      My bad I made a mistake

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      Steve 2 years ago

      That pic is for Mary Pierce.

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      Ali 2 years ago

      The second photo is not for Steffi Graf. What a shame!!

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      Buster Johnson 2 years ago from Alabama

      Maybe but it's hard making these lists because they each have so many skill sets but good point. Thanks for commenting my friend.

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      Dick Adams 2 years ago from Washington, District of Columbia

      I am not the biggest fan of Justine..but she should be on this list...likely ahead of Martina Hingis, but Below Venus Williams.