The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era Tennis Players
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The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

List Criteria: Female tennis players beginning in 1968 only

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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    the people's #1
    Steffi Graf

    1969 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 116
    Down 41
    1956 More
    93
  3. 3
    Up 84
    Down 28
    1973 More
    86
  4. 4
    Up 142
    Down 57
    1981 More
    79
  5. 5
    Up 64
    Down 38

    most listed
    Justine Henin

    1982 More
    78
  6. 6
    Up 99
    Down 41
    1954 More
    76
  7. 7
    Up 49
    Down 34
    1980 More
    74
  8. 8
    Up 50
    Down 34
    1983 More
    73
  9. 9
    Up 67
    Down 43
    1942 More
    62
  10. 10
    Up 60
    Down 55
    1980 More
    61
  11. 11
    Up 61
    Down 42
    1987 More
    60
  12. 12
    Up 60
    Down 45
    1943 More
    59
  13. 13
    Up 27
    Down 30
    1971 More
    52
  14. 14
    Up 22
    Down 30
    1976 More
    48
  15. 15
    Up 24
    Down 24
    1951 More
    48
  16. 16
    Up 19
    Down 29
    1976 More
    43
  17. 17
    Up 20
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    1983 More
    41
  18. 18
    Up 21
    Down 26
    1962 More
    41
  19. 19
    Up 15
    Down 27
    1945 More
    40
  20. 20
    Up 19
    Down 16

    ranked low on reranks
    Gabriela Sabatini

    1970 More
    40
  21. 21
    Up 18
    Down 30
    1979 More
    38
  22. 22
    Up 14
    Down 27

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hana Mandlíková

    1962 More
    36
  23. 23
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    ranked low on reranks
    Victoria Azarenka

    1989 More
    29
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    1948 More
    28
  25. 25
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    Down 8
    1975 More
    27
    added by: AdmiralCrunch
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    Up 5
    Down 8
    1962 More
    25
    added by: AdmiralCrunch
  27. 27
    Up 5
    Down 8
    1972 More
    25
    added by: AdmiralCrunch
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