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The Greatest Female Tennis Players Of The Open Era

Updated February 29, 2020 25k votes 3.7k voters 23.9k views59 items

List RulesFemale 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
    West Germany, Germany
    813
    653

    Age51

    BirthplaceMannheim, Germany

    Year Turned Pro1982

    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
    United States of America
    504
    463

    Age66

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1972

    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

  • 3
    United States of America, Czechoslovakia
    386
    558

    Age64

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    Year Turned Pro1975

    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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    Francoise Durr

    French
    1,433
    181

    BirthplaceAlgeria

    Year Turned Pro1959

    French Open: Winner 1967

  • 5
    United States of America
    637
    945

    Age39

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1995

    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

  • 6
    Kasir Radojica addedJapan
    1,401
    303

    Age50

    BirthplaceKyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

    Year Turned Pro1989-03

  • 7
    United States of America, Germany
    489
    743

    Age47

    BirthplaceNovi Sad, Serbia

    Year Turned Pro1989

    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

  • 8
    341
    519

    Age37

    BirthplaceBilzen, Belgium

    Year Turned Pro1997-08-17

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

  • 9
    Switzerland, Slovakia
    364
    558

    Age40

    BirthplaceKošice, Slovakia

    Year Turned Pro1994

    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
    407
    652

    Age33

    BirthplaceNyagan, Russia

    Year Turned Pro2001-04-19

    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
    dakotajim addedSpain
    123
    138

    Age27

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

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

  • 12
    korytennis added

    Hsieh Su-wei

    Taiwan
    36
    44

    Age34

    BirthplaceKaohsiung, Taiwan

    Year Turned Pro2001

  • 13
    Kasir Radojica addedRussia
    103
    154

    Age39

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Year Turned Pro1998

    French Open: Winner 2004

  • 14
    207
    356

    Age38

    BirthplaceLiège, Belgium

    Year Turned Pro1999-01-01

    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

    Australian Open: Winner 2019
    US Open: Winner 2018

  • 16

    Maria Bueno

    Brazil
    2
    4

    Age81

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Year Turned Pro1950

  • 17
    United States of America
    167
    340

    Age77

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1968

    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

  • 18
    Fredfred2 addedUnited States of America
    25
    35

    Age78

    BirthplaceSan Angelo, Texas

  • 19
    TomSchaumann addedDenmark
    92
    159

    Age30

    BirthplaceOdense, Denmark

    Year Turned Pro2005-07-18

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

  • 20

    Age69

    BirthplaceGriffith, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1971

    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

  • 21
    aguy2000 addedRomania
    128
    239

    Age29

    BirthplaceConstanța, Sud-Est, Romania

    Australian Open: Finalist 2018
    French Open: Winner 2018; Finalist 2014, 2017
    Wimbledon: Winner 2019

  • 22
    Fredfred2 addedJapan
    15
    33

    Age69

  • 23
    United States of America
    100
    221

    Age44

    BirthplacePalos Verdes, California, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1993-02-22

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

  • 24
    164
    361

    Age78

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1968

    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

  • 25
    moezelpg addedAustralia
    9
    16

    Age24

    BirthplaceIpswich, Australia