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

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470 308
Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Chris Evert 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

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572 550
Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Monica Seles 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

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316 368
Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kim Clijsters Belgium

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

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Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Navratilova 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

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Serena Williams 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

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299 378
Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Hingis Switzerland, Slovakia

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

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329 431
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Maria Sharapova 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

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196 403
Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Venus Williams 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

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Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Kimiko Date-Krumm Japan

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Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Justine Henin 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

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

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Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Margaret Court 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

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Francoise Durr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Leroy Madison added Francoise Durr

French Open: Winner 1967

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Evonne Goolagong Cawley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Evonne Goolagong Cawley 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

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79 219
Lindsay Davenport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lindsay Davenport United States of America

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

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

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

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Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Victoria Azarenka Belarus

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

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Arantxa Sánchez Vicario is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 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

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Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Mary Pierce Canada, France, United States of America

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

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Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jennifer Capriati United States of America

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

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

The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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

French Open: Finalist 2004
US Open: Finalist 2004

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Tracy Austin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Tracy Austin United States of America, Australia

US Open: Winner 1979, 1981

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

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

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Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
aguy2000 added Simona Halep Romania

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Open: Finalist 2008

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

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Agnieszka Radwańska is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Agnieszka Radwańska Poland

Wimbledon: Finalist 2012

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Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
TomSchaumann added Caroline Wozniacki Denmark

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

Left Handed Tennis Players

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

French Open: Winner 2004

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

US Open: Finalist 1978

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

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

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30 153
Conchita Martínez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Conchita Martínez Spain

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

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Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Angelique Kerber Poland, Germany

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

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

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

French Open: Winner 2010; Finalist 2011

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20 116
Petra Kvitová is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Petra Kvitová Czech Republic

Wimbledon: Winner 2011, 2014

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Lucie Šafářová is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Lucie Šafářová Czech Republic

French Open: Finalist 2015

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Hsieh Su-wei is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
korytennis added Hsieh Su-wei Taiwan

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Rosemary Casals is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rosemary Casals United States of America

US Open: Finalist 1970, 1971

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Sloane Stephens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
dakotajim added Sloane Stephens United States of America

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

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

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

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Svetlana Kuznetsova is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Svetlana Kuznetsova Russia

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

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Jana Novotná is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Jana Novotná Czech Republic

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

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Andrea Hlaváčková is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Andrea Hlaváčková Czech Republic

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Lucie Hradecká is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Lucie Hradecká Czech Republic