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The best women's tennis players of all time are multiple Grand Slam champions, Olympic tennis gold medalists and simply the best ladies to ever step on the clay or grass courts around the world. These record holders hail from around the world, leaving aspiring female tennis players in the dust as they dominate at the top tennis tournaments around including the Australian Open, the French Open, the US Open and Wimbledon. That's not to mention that these famous women tennis players are also some of the hottest tennis players of all time too.

Few can deny that Steffi Graf is the best female tennis player ever. During her nearly 20-year career, Graf won 22 Grand Slam titles plus was the only tennis player (man or woman) in history to win the Calendar Year Golden Slam by winning al four Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal in the same year (1988). Additionally, she dominated both the major tennis competitions and the Women's Tennis Association rankings during much of her career despite formidable competition from other top women tennis players.

Beyond Graf, the world of women's tennis has seen numerous notable ladies play the game during the years. Top names like Martina Navatilova, Serena Williams, Chris Evert, Monica Seles and Margaret Smith Court all come to mind among the best to ever play the game as do Billie Jean King, Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters. Each of these ladies have seen a great deal of success throughout the years and easily earn recognition as among the greatest female tennis players ever.

While it's arguable whether these women are better than the greatest men's tennis players of all time, one thing is certain. They will go down, and already are recognized, as the best women to ever play the game of tennis. They hold the gold standard for aspiring female tennis players and have set that bar quite high for any who wish to follow in their footsteps.
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Steffi Graf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Steffi Graf 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

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1,658 1,092
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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
US Open: Winner 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014; Finalist 2001, 2011

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956 601
Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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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730 501
Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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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967 622
Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Monica Seles 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

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464 399
Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Billie Jean King United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1968; Finalist 1969
French Open: Winner 1972
Wimbledon: Winner 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972 1973, 1975; Finalist 1963, 1969, 1970
US Open: Winner 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974; Finalist 1965, 1968

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Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
kdoumu added Martina Hingis 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

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480 403
Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Margaret Court Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973; Finalist 1968
French Open: Winner 1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973; Finalist 1965
Wimbledon: Winner 1963, 1965, 1970; Finalist 1964, 1971
US Open: Winner 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973; Finalist 1963

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655 614
Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
kdoumu added 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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418 441
Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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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654 643
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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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412 400
Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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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Helen Wills Moody is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Helen Wills Moody United States of America

French Open: Winner 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932
Wimbledon: Winner 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938; Finalist 1924
US Open: Winner 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931; Finalist 1922, 1933

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Evonne Goolagong Cawley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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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253 300
Lindsay Davenport is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
magej added 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) 16 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Gabriela Sabatini Argentina

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

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204 246
Maureen Connolly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Maureen Connolly United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1953
French Open: Winner 1953, 1954
Wimbledon: Winner 1952, 1953, 1954
US Open: Winner 1951, 1952, 1953

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Althea Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Althea Gibson United States of America

Australian Open: Finalist 1957
French Open: Winner 1956
Wimbledon: Winner 1957, 1958
US Open: Winner 1957, 1958

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Suzanne Lenglen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Suzanne Lenglen France

French Open: Winner 1925, 1926
Wimbledon: Winner 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925

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137 221
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added 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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Maria Bueno is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Maria Bueno Brazil

Australian Open: Finalist 1965
French Open: Finalist 1964
Wimbledon: Winner 1959, 1960, 1964
US Open: Winner 1959, 1963, 1964, 1966

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Ana Ivanovic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
L.B.Nash added Ana Ivanovic Serbia

Australian Open: Finalist 2008
French Open: Winner 2008; Finalist 2007

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Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Jennifer Capriati United States of America

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

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150 201
Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
get.julian added Simona Halep Romania

French Open: Finalist 2014, 2017

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Garbiñe Muguruza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Garbiñe Muguruza Spain

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

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Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy 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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Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Lawrence Bobo Jr added Caroline Wozniacki Denmark

US Open: Finalist 2009, 2014

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Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Elena Dementieva Russia

French Open: Finalist 2004
US Open: Finalist 2004

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Amélie Mauresmo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Amélie Mauresmo France

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

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Molla Mallory is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Molla Mallory United States of America

Wimbledon: Finalist 1922
US Open: Winner 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1926

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Svetlana Kuznetsova is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
magej added Svetlana Kuznetsova Russia

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

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Jelena Janković is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Jelena Janković Serbia

US Open: Finalist 2008

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Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Kimiko Date-Krumm Japan

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Margaret Osborne duPont is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Margaret Osborne duPont United States of America

French Open: Winner 1946, 1949
Wimbledon: Winner 1947
US Open: Winner 1948, 1949, 1950

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79 112
Nancye Wynne Bolton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Nancye Wynne Bolton Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1937, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951
US Open: Finalist 1938

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Dorothea Douglass Chambers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Dorothea Douglass Chambers United States of America, United Kingdom

Wimbledon: Winner 1903, 1904, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914

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Agnieszka Radwańska is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Agnieszka Radwańska Poland

Wimbledon: Finalist 2012

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Doris Hart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Doris Hart United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1949
French Open: Winner 1950, 1952
Wimbledon: Winner 1951
US Open: Winner 1954, 1955

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Samantha Stosur is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Trenton Myers added Samantha Stosur Australia

French Open: Finalist 2010
US Open: Winner 2011

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Blanche Bingley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Blanche Bingley United Kingdom

Wimbledon: Winner 1886, 1889, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1900

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Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Sheena Edwards Vis added Victoria Azarenka Belarus

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

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79 77
Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Angelique Kerber Poland, Germany

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

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78 98
Lottie Dod is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Lottie Dod

Wimbledon: Winner 1887, 1888, 1891, 1892, 1893

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Helen Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Helen Jacobs United States of America

French Open: Finalist 1930, 1934
Wimbledon: Winner 1938; Finalist 1929, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936
US Open: Winner 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935; Finalist 1928, 1936, 1939, 1949

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Alice Marble is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Alice Marble United States of America

Wimbledon: Winner 1939
US Open: Winner 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940

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60 82
Louise Brough is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Louise Brough United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1950
Wimbledon: Winner 1948 1949, 1950, 1955
US Open: Winner 1947

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Hana Mandlíková is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added 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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Jana Novotná is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Jana Novotná Czech Republic

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

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Amanda Coetzer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Amanda Coetzer South Africa

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Petra Kvitová is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
ColinBoddy added Petra Kvitová Czech Republic

Wimbledon: Winner 2011, 2014