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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
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
Francoise Durr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Leroy Madison added Francoise Durr

French Open: Winner 1967

3
Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Japan
4
Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America, Germany

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

5
Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 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, 2019
US Open: Winner 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014; Finalist 2001, 2011, 2018, 2019

7
Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
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

10
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
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
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
Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
Evonne Goolagong Cawley is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
Lindsay Davenport is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
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
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 20 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
Wimbledon: Winner 2019

21
Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Russia

French Open: Finalist 2004
US Open: Finalist 2004

23
Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Belarus

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

24
Amélie Mauresmo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
France

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

25
Tracy Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America, Australia

US Open: Winner 1979, 1981