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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 all 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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1,859 1,293
Steffi Graf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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
2,246 1,458
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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, 2018

3
1,190 825
Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

4
902 721
Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

5
1,149 849
Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

6
614 610
Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

7
698 734
Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
kdoumu added 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

8
858 865
Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
kdoumu added 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

9
652 621
Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

10
542 624
Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

11
839 922
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

12
513 585
Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Belgium

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

13
322 479
Helen Wills Moody is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

14
272 444
Evonne Goolagong Cawley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

15
268 139
Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

16
317 513
Lindsay Davenport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
magej added United States of America

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

17
236 445
Maureen Connolly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

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

18
190 394
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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
223 401
Althea Gibson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

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

20
207 340
Gabriela Sabatini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Argentina

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

21
203 406
Suzanne Lenglen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
France

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

22
190 408
Ana Ivanovic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
L.B.Nash added Serbia

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

23
227 40
Francoise Durr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Leroy Madison added Francoise Durr

French Open: Winner 1967

24
169 401
Maria Bueno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Brazil

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

25
220 417
Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

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

26
245 415
Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
get.julian added Romania

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

27
215 324
Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Denmark

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

28
91 249
Garbiñe Muguruza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Spain

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

29
118 244
Elena Dementieva is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Russia

French Open: Finalist 2004
US Open: Finalist 2004

30
91 244
Jelena Janković is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Serbia

US Open: Finalist 2008

31
149 397
Svetlana Kuznetsova is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
magej added Russia

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

32
124 227
Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Canada, France, United States of America

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

33
114 217
Amélie Mauresmo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
France

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

34
136 203
Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Poland, Germany

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

35
130 185
Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Sheena Edwards Vis added Belarus

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

36
96 241
Agnieszka Radwańska is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Poland

Wimbledon: Finalist 2012

37
88 263
Molla Mallory is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
BaruchLalaev added United States of America

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

38
78 213
Doris Hart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

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

39
79 230
Dorothea Douglass Chambers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America, United Kingdom

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

40
85 227
Blanche Bingley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
United Kingdom

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

41
93 229
Margaret Osborne duPont is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

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

42
116 257
Tracy Austin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
JasonWrayAnderson added United States of America, Australia

US Open: Winner 1979, 1981

43
91 227
Nancye Wynne Bolton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

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

44
88 202
Helen Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
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

45
87 214
Lottie Dod is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time

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

46
50 174
Samantha Stosur is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Trenton Myers added Australia

French Open: Finalist 2010
US Open: Winner 2011

47
69 168
Hana Mandlíková is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

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

48
102 172
Petra Kvitová is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Czech Republic

Wimbledon: Winner 2011, 2014

49
70 176
Jana Novotná is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
Czech Republic

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

50
89 228
Virginia Wade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Womens Tennis Players of All Time
United Kingdom

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