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The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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The best women's tennis players of all time are multiple Grand Slam champions, Olympic tennis gold medalists and simply the best ladies to ever step on the clay or grass courts around the world. These record holders hail from around the world, leaving aspiring female tennis players in the dust as they dominate at the top tennis tournaments around including the Australian Open, the French Open, the US Open and Wimbledon. That's not to mention that these famous women tennis players are also some of the hottest tennis players of all time too.

Few can deny that Steffi Graf is the best female tennis player ever. During her nearly 20-year career, Graf won 22 Grand Slam titles plus was the only tennis player (man or woman) in history to win the Calendar Year Golden Slam by winning al four Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal in the same year (1988). Additionally, she dominated both the major tennis competitions and the Women's Tennis Association rankings during much of her career despite formidable competition from other top women tennis players.

Beyond Graf, the world of women's tennis has seen numerous notable ladies play the game during the years. Top names like Martina Navatilova, Serena Williams, Chris Evert, Monica Seles and Margaret Smith Court all come to mind among the best to ever play the game as do Billie Jean King, Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters. Each of these ladies have seen a great deal of success throughout the years and easily earn recognition as among the greatest female tennis players ever.

While it's arguable whether these women are better than the greatest men's tennis players of all time, one thing is certain. They will go down, and already are recognized, as the best women to ever play the game of tennis. They hold the gold standard for aspiring female tennis players and have set that bar quite high for any who wish to follow in their footsteps.
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    Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Serena Williams United States of America

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    Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Monica Seles United States of America, Germany

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    Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Venus Williams United States of America

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    Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Martina Hingis Switzerland, Czechoslovakia

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    Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Margaret Court Australia

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    Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Maria Sharapova Russia

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    Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Justine Henin Belgium

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    Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Kim Clijsters Belgium

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    Helen Wills Moody is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


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    Suzanne Lenglen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Suzanne Lenglen France

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    Evonne Goolagong Cawley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Evonne Goolagong Cawley Australia

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    Althea Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


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    Gabriela Sabatini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Gabriela Sabatini Argentina

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    Maria Bueno is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Dorothea Douglass Chambers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Dorothea Douglass Chambers United States of America, United Kingdom

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    Nancye Wynne Bolton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Nancye Wynne Bolton Australia

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    Doris Hart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Doris Hart United States of America

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    Ana Ivanovic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Ana Ivanovic Serbia

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    Louise Brough is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Louise Brough United States of America

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    Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Jennifer Capriati United States of America

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    Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Mary Pierce United States of America, France, Canada

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    Charlotte Cooper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Charlotte Cooper United Kingdom

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    Shirley Fry Irvin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time


    Shirley Fry Irvin United States of America

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    Daphne Akhurst is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Daphne Akhurst Australia

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    Jelena Janković is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Jelena Janković Serbia

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    Francesca Schiavone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Francesca Schiavone Italy

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    Jana Novotná is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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    Jana Novotná Czech Republic

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