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Who are the greatest female tennis players of the open era? For our purposes, this list includes some of the best female singles tennis players since the Open Era officially began in 1968. Some of these brilliant female tennis players have long since retired since winning countless major tournaments, but some continue to make headlines with their awesome skill on the court. Vote for the tennis playing women you believe are truly the best since the Open Era began, and vote down any that you don't think qualify. Also, feel free to rerank this list in any order you want. Debate about who is the greatest female tennis player of all time (Open Era or not) continues to this day, with some arguing that the honor goes to Steffi Graf, and others saying the title belongs to the incomparable Martina Navratilova. In their day, these two female tennis players were feared and revered by opponents, and with good reason. And certainly, no list of the best and greatest female tennis players of the Open Era would be complete without Serena Williams: She is arguably one of the, if not the absolute top current female tennis players in the world. Serena's sister, Venus Williams, also makes this list. If you're a tennis fan, you might also want to cast your vote (or rerank your own list of) the greatest male tennis players of the Open Era. Is Roger Federer the best, or should the honor go to Bjorn Borg? You decide, with your votes.

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Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Monica Seles Novi Sad, Serbia

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Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Navratilova Prague, Czech Republic

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Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Chris Evert Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

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Steffi Graf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Steffi Graf Mannheim, Germany

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Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Hingis Košice, Slovakia

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Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kim Clijsters Bilzen, Belgium

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Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Margaret Court Perth, Australia

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Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Billie Jean King Long Beach, California, United States of America

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Serena Williams Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

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Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Elena Dementieva Moscow, Russia

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Evonne Goolagong Cawley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Evonne Goolagong Cawley Griffith, Australia

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Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Victoria Azarenka Minsk, Belarus

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Gabriela Sabatini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Gabriela Sabatini Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Justine Henin Liège, Belgium

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Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Mary Pierce Montreal, Canada

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Lindsay Davenport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lindsay Davenport Palos Verdes, California, United States of America

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Maria Sharapova Nyagan, Russia

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Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Venus Williams Lynwood, California, United States of America

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Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jennifer Capriati New York City, New York, United States of America

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Agnieszka Radwańska is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Agnieszka Radwańska Kraków, Poland

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Tracy Austin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Tracy Austin Palos Verdes, California, United States of America

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Arantxa Sánchez Vicario is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Barcelona, Spain

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Daniela Hantuchová is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Daniela Hantuchová Poprad, Slovakia

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Amélie Mauresmo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Amélie Mauresmo Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

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Jelena Janković is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jelena Janković Belgrade, Serbia

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Anastasia Myskina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Anastasia Myskina Moscow, Russia

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Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kimiko Date-Krumm Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

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Nicole Vaidišová is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Nicole Vaidišová Nuremberg, Germany

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Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Simona Halep Constanța, Sud-Est, Romania

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Hana Mandlíková is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Hana Mandlíková Prague, Czech Republic

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Virginia Wade is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Virginia Wade Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Li Na is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Li Na Wuhan, China

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Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Caroline Wozniacki Odense, Denmark

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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Anna Kournikova Moscow, Russia

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Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Angelique Kerber Bremen, Germany

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Francesca Schiavone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Francesca Schiavone Milan, Italy

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Lucie Šafářová is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lucie Šafářová Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

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Petra Kvitová is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Petra Kvitová Bílovec, Czech Republic

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Conchita Martínez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Conchita Martínez Monzón, Spain

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Pam Shriver is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Pam Shriver Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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Andrea Hlaváčková is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andrea Hlaváčková Pilsen, Czech Republic

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Lucie Hradecká is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lucie Hradecká Prague, Czech Republic

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Jana Novotná is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jana Novotná Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

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Rosemary Casals is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rosemary Casals California, United States of America

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Francoise Durr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Francoise Durr