The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era Tennis Players

The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

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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.

List Criteria: Female tennis players beginning in 1968 only

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    the people's #1 &ranked high on reranks
    Steffi Graf

    1969 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 75
    Down 28

    ranked high on reranks
    Martina Navratilova

    1956 More
    93
  3. 3
    Up 62
    Down 25
    1973 More
    86
  4. 4
    Up 69
    Down 26
    1954 More
    82
  5. 5
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    Down 55

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    Serena Williams

    1981 More
    81
  6. 6
    Up 47
    Down 31
    1983 More
    76
  7. 7
    Up 42
    Down 34

    most listed
    Justine Henin

    1982 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 45
    Down 32
    1980 More
    75
  9. 9
    Up 55
    Down 37
    1987 More
    73
  10. 10
    Up 39
    Down 27
    1943 More
    69
  11. 11
    Up 35
    Down 25
    1942 More
    69
  12. 12
    Up 41
    Down 37
    1980 More
    66
  13. 13
    Up 18
    Down 26
    1983 More
    53
  14. 14
    Up 18
    Down 24
    1976 More
    53
  15. 15
    Up 16
    Down 26
    1971 More
    53
  16. 16
    Up 19
    Down 20
    1951 More
    53
  17. 17
    Up 17
    Down 14
    1970 More
    49
  18. 18
    Up 15
    Down 23

    niche appeal
    Virginia Wade

    1945 More
    46
  19. 19
    Up 18
    Down 22
    1962 More
    46
  20. 20
    Up 17
    Down 25
    1976 More
    43
  21. 21
    Up 10
    Down 23
    1962 More
    42
  22. 22
    Up 10
    Down 27
    1979 More
    40
  23. 23
    Up 3
    Down 3
    1989 More
    38
  24. 24
    Up 1
    Down 1
    No image
    1948 More
    36
  25. 25
    Up 8
    Down 6
    1975 More
    32
    added by: AdmiralCrunch
  26. 26
    Up 5
    Down 7

    ranked low on reranks
    Pam Shriver

    1962 More
    29
    added by: AdmiralCrunch
  27. 27
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    Down 7

    ranked low on reranks
    Conchita Martínez

    1972 More
    28
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