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

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List Rules 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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1
764 637
Steffi Graf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
West Germany, Germany

Australian Open: Winner 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994; Finalist 1993
French Open: Winner 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999; Finalist 1989, 1990, 1992
Wimbledon: Winner 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996; Finalist 1987, 1999
US Open: Winner 1988, 1999, 1993, 1995, 1996; Finalist 1987, 1990, 1994

2
589 587
Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Yugoslavia, United States of America, Hungary

Australian Open: Winner 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996
French Open: Winner 1990, 1991, 1992; Finalist 1998
Wimbledon: Finalist 1992
US Open: Winner 1991, 1992; Finalist 1995, 1996

3
489 341
Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1982, 1984; Finalist 1974, 1981, 1985, 1988
French Open: Winner 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986; Finalist 1973, 1984
Wimbledon: Winner 1974, 1976, 1981; Finalist 1973, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985
US Open: Winner 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982; Finalist 1979, 1983, 1984

4
380 456
Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America, Czechoslovakia

Australian Open: Winner 1981, 1983, 1985; Finalist 1975, 1982, 1987
French Open: Winner 1982, 1984; Finalist 1975, 1985, 1986, 1987
Wimbledon: Winner 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990; Finalist 1988, 1989, 1994
US Open: Winner: 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987; Finalist 1981, 1985, 1989, 1991

5
538 719
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 2003, 2005, 2007 2009, 2010 2015, 2017; Finalist 2016
French Open: Winner 2002, 2013, 2015; Finalist 2016
Wimbledon: Winner 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016; Finalist 2004, 2008, 2018
US Open: Winner 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014; Finalist 2001, 2011

6
332 441
Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Belgium

Australian Open: Winner 2011; Finalist 2004
French Open: Finalist 2001, 2003
US Open: Winner 2005, 2009, 2010; Finalist 2003

7
279 81
Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Japan

8
321 468
Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Switzerland, Czechoslovakia

Australian Open: Winner 1997, 1998, 1999; Finalist 2000, 2001, 2002
French Open: Finalist 1997, 1999
Wimbledon: Winner 1997
US Open: Winner 1997; Finalist 1998, 1999

9
249 37
Francoise Durr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Leroy Madison added Francoise Durr

French Open: Winner 1967

10
351 522
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Russia

Australian Open: Winner 2008; Finalist 2007, 2012, 2015
French Open: Winner 2012, 2014; Finalist 2013
Wimbledon: Winner 2004; Finalist 2011
US Open: Winner 2006

11
211 489
Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Finalist 2003, 2017
French Open: Finalist 2002
Wimbledon: Winner 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008; Finalist 2002, 2003, 2009, 2017
US Open: Winner 2000, 2001; Finalist 1997, 2002

12
161 365
Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1968; Finalist 1969
French Open: Winner 1972
Wimbledon: Winner 1968, 1972 1973, 1975; Finalist 1969, 1970
US Open: Winner 1971, 1972, 1974; Finalist 1968

13
193 395
Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Belgium

Australian Open: Winner 2004; Finalist 2006, 2010
French Open: Winner 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
Wimbledon: Finalist 2001
US Open: Winner 2003, 2007; Finalist 2006

14
200 406
Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973; Finalist 1968
French Open: Winner 1969, 1970, 1973
Wimbledon: Winner 1970; Finalist 1971
US Open: Winner 1969, 1970, 1973

15
86 246
Lindsay Davenport is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 2000; Finalist 2005
Wimbledon: Winner 1999; Finalist 2000, 2005
US Open: Winner 1998; Finalist 2000

16
94 231
Evonne Goolagong Cawley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978; Finalist 1971, 1972 1973
French Open: Winner 1971; Finalist 1972
Wimbledon: Winner 1971, 1980; Finalist 1972, 1975, 1976
US Open: Finalist 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976

17
91 259
Gabriela Sabatini is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Argentina

Wimbledon: Finalist 1991
US Open: Winner 1990, Finalist 1988

18
82 232
Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 2001, 2002
French Open: Winner 2001

19
101 234
Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Belarus

Australian Open: Winner 2012, 2013
US Open: Finalist 2012, 2013

20
83 239
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Spain

Australian Open: Finalist 1994, 1995
French Open: Winner 1989, 1994, 1998; Finalist 1991, 1995, 1996
Wimbledon: Finalist 1995, 1996
US Open: Winner 1994; Finalist 1992

21
92 210
Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Canada, France, United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1995; Finalist 1997
French Open: Winner 2000; Finalist 1994, 2005
US Open: Finalist 2005

22
73 227
Daniela Hantuchová is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

23
84 179
Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Russia

French Open: Finalist 2004
US Open: Finalist 2004

24
67 166
Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
aguy2000 added Romania

Australian Open: Finalist 2018
French Open: Winner 2018; Finalist 2014, 2017

25
69 203
Amélie Mauresmo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
France

Australian Open: Winner 2006; Finalist 1999
Wimbledon: Winner 2006

26
63 198
Tracy Austin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America, Australia

US Open: Winner 1979, 1981

27
46 208
Virginia Wade is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United Kingdom

Australian Open: Winner 1972
Wimbledon: Winner 1977
US Open: Winner 1968

28
43 179
Hana Mandlíková is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1980, 1987
French Open: Winner 1981
Wimbledon: Finalist 1981, 1986
US Open: Winner 1985; Finalist 1980, 1982

29
42 151
Jelena Janković is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Serbia

US Open: Finalist 2008

30
51 188
Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era

31
45 124
Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
TomSchaumann added Denmark

Australian Open: Winner 2018
US Open: Finalist 2009, 2014

32
38 147
Agnieszka Radwańska is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Poland

Wimbledon: Finalist 2012

33
34 137
Anastasia Myskina is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Russia

French Open: Winner 2004

34
25 163
Pam Shriver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added United States of America

US Open: Finalist 1978

35
31 124
Li Na is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
China

Australian Open: Winner 2014; Finalist 2011, 2013
French Open: Winner 2011

36
44 120
Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Poland, Germany

Australian Open: Winner 2016
Wimbledon: Winner 2018; Finalist 2016
US Open: Winner 2016

37
31 160
Conchita Martínez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Spain

Australian Open: Finalist 1998
French Open: Finalist 2000
Wimbledon: Winner 1994

38
24 128
Nicole Vaidišová is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Czech Republic

39
19 157
Francesca Schiavone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Italy

French Open: Winner 2010; Finalist 2011

40
26 122
Petra Kvitová is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Czech Republic

Wimbledon: Winner 2011, 2014

41
21 140
Sloane Stephens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
dakotajim added United States of America

US Open: Winner 2017
French Open: Finalist 2018​​​​​​​

42
5 3
Naomi Osaka is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Naomi Osaka Japan

US Open: Winner 2018

43
17 126
Lucie Šafářová is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Czech Republic

French Open: Finalist 2015

44
11 157
Rosemary Casals is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

US Open: Finalist 1970, 1971

45
15 116
Garbiñe Muguruza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
dakotajim added Spain

French Open: Winner 2016
Wimbledon: Winner 2017; Finalist 2015

46
3 15
Hsieh Su-wei is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
korytennis added Taiwan

47
12 112
Svetlana Kuznetsova is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Russia

French Open: Winner 2009; Finalist 2006
US Open: Winner 2004; Finalist 2007

48
11 125
Jana Novotná is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Czech Republic

Australian Open: Finalist 1991
Wimbledon: Winner 1998; Finalist 1993, 1997

49
11 127
Andrea Hlaváčková is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Czech Republic

50
9 127
Lucie Hradecká is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Czech Republic