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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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527 181
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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2
280 179
Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Navratilova Prague, Czech Republic

3
238 141
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

4
400 466
Steffi Graf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Steffi Graf Mannheim, Germany

5
158 162
Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Margaret Court Perth, Australia

6
162 211
Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Hingis Košice, Slovakia

7
148 197
Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kim Clijsters Bilzen, Belgium

8
349 465
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Serena Williams Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

9
119 143
Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Billie Jean King Long Beach, California, United States of America

10
55 35
Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Elena Dementieva Moscow, Russia

11
67 79
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

12
69 81
Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Victoria Azarenka Minsk, Belarus

13
155 252
Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Venus Williams Lynwood, California, United States of America

14
138 197
Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Justine Henin Liège, Belgium

15
171 259
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Maria Sharapova Nyagan, Russia

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16
79 111
Gabriela Sabatini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Gabriela Sabatini Buenos Aires, Argentina

17
63 95
Lindsay Davenport is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lindsay Davenport Palos Verdes, California, United States of America

18
64 73
Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Mary Pierce Montreal, Canada

19
54 67
Tracy Austin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Tracy Austin Palos Verdes, California, United States of America

20
63 99
Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jennifer Capriati New York City, New York, United States of America

21
26 16
Agnieszka Radwańska is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Agnieszka Radwańska Kraków, Poland

22
32 30
Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
aguy2000 added Simona Halep Constanța, Sud-Est, Romania

23
63 98
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Barcelona, Spain

24
58 79
Daniela Hantuchová is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Daniela Hantuchová Poprad, Slovakia

25
52 72
Amélie Mauresmo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Amélie Mauresmo Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

26
27 19
Anastasia Myskina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Anastasia Myskina Moscow, Russia

27
23 17
Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Kimiko Date-Krumm Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

28
26 24
Jelena Janković is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Jelena Janković Belgrade, Serbia

29
34 59
Hana Mandlíková is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Hana Mandlíková Prague, Czech Republic

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30
13 7
Li Na is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Li Na Wuhan, China

31
13 6
Nicole Vaidišová is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Nicole Vaidišová Nuremberg, Germany

32
35 59
Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Anna Kournikova Moscow, Russia

33
12 6
Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Angelique Kerber Bremen, Germany

34
38 84
Virginia Wade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Virginia Wade Bournemouth, United Kingdom

35
11 5
Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
TomSchaumann added Caroline Wozniacki Odense, Denmark

36
11 5
Petra Kvitová is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Petra Kvitová Bílovec, Czech Republic

37
15 30
Francesca Schiavone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Francesca Schiavone Milan, Italy

38
26 45
Conchita Martínez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Conchita Martínez Monzón, Spain

39
21 46
Pam Shriver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Pam Shriver Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

40
8 5
Lucie Šafářová is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Lucie Šafářová Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

41
5 5
Andrea Hlaváčková is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Andrea Hlaváčková Pilsen, Czech Republic

42
5 6
Jana Novotná is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Jana Novotná Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

43
5 6
Lucie Hradecká is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Lucie Hradecká Prague, Czech Republic

44
2 5
Jelena Ostapenko is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jelena Ostapenko

45
10 42
Rosemary Casals is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rosemary Casals California, United States of America

46
4 3
Francoise Durr is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Leroy Madison added Francoise Durr