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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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529 191
Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Monica Seles Novi Sad, Serbia

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2
284 187
Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Navratilova Prague, Czech Republic

3
242 149
Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Chris Evert Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

4
405 474
Steffi Graf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Steffi Graf Mannheim, Germany

5
166 219
Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Hingis Košice, Slovakia

6
159 171
Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Margaret Court Perth, Australia

7
151 207
Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kim Clijsters Bilzen, Belgium

8
355 472
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Serena Williams Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

9
121 150
Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Billie Jean King Long Beach, California, United States of America

10
57 45
Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Elena Dementieva Moscow, Russia

11
69 86
Evonne Goolagong Cawley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Evonne Goolagong Cawley Griffith, Australia

12
142 205
Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Justine Henin Liège, Belgium

13
175 269
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Maria Sharapova Nyagan, Russia

14
157 261
Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Venus Williams Lynwood, California, United States of America

15
70 90
Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Victoria Azarenka Minsk, Belarus

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16
66 101
Lindsay Davenport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lindsay Davenport Palos Verdes, California, United States of America

17
80 119
Gabriela Sabatini is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Gabriela Sabatini Buenos Aires, Argentina

18
65 81
Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Mary Pierce Montreal, Canada

19
29 20
Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Kimiko Date-Krumm Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

20
67 104
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Barcelona, Spain

21
64 106
Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jennifer Capriati New York City, New York, United States of America

22
54 76
Tracy Austin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Tracy Austin Palos Verdes, California, United States of America

23
59 86
Daniela Hantuchová is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Daniela Hantuchová Poprad, Slovakia

24
33 38
Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
aguy2000 added Simona Halep Constanța, Sud-Est, Romania

25
55 79
Amélie Mauresmo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Amélie Mauresmo Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

26
26 24
Agnieszka Radwańska is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Agnieszka Radwańska Kraków, Poland

27
27 31
Jelena Janković is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Jelena Janković Belgrade, Serbia

28
27 26
Anastasia Myskina is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Anastasia Myskina Moscow, Russia

29
16 13
Nicole Vaidišová is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Nicole Vaidišová Nuremberg, Germany

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30
14 13
Li Na is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Li Na Wuhan, China

31
34 67
Hana Mandlíková is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Hana Mandlíková Prague, Czech Republic

32
37 67
Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Anna Kournikova Moscow, Russia

33
14 12
Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
TomSchaumann added Caroline Wozniacki Odense, Denmark

34
14 13
Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Angelique Kerber Bremen, Germany

35
39 92
Virginia Wade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Virginia Wade Bournemouth, United Kingdom

36
12 12
Petra Kvitová is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Petra Kvitová Bílovec, Czech Republic

37
27 52
Conchita Martínez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Conchita Martínez Monzón, Spain

38
15 39
Francesca Schiavone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Francesca Schiavone Milan, Italy

39
21 53
Pam Shriver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
AdmiralCrunch added Pam Shriver Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

40
9 13
Lucie Šafářová is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Lucie Šafářová Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

41
6 13
Jana Novotná is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Jana Novotná Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

42
10 5
Francoise Durr is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Leroy Madison added Francoise Durr

43
5 14
Andrea Hlaváčková is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Andrea Hlaváčková Pilsen, Czech Republic

44
5 15
Lucie Hradecká is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ari Aries added Lucie Hradecká Prague, Czech Republic

45
2 5
Garbiñe Muguruza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
dakotajim added Garbiñe Muguruza Caracas, Venezuela

46
11 50
Rosemary Casals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rosemary Casals California, United States of America

47
2 14
Jelena Ostapenko is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jelena Ostapenko

48
6 29
Sloane Stephens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
dakotajim added Sloane Stephens Plantation, Florida, United States of America