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The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time 

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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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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1995

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

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Steffi Graf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Germany, West Germany

Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany

Year Turned Pro: 1982

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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Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America, Czechoslovakia

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Year Turned Pro: 1975

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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Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America, Germany

Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia

Year Turned Pro: 1989

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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Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1972

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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Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Year Turned Pro: 1968

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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Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
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Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
kdoumu added Switzerland, Slovakia

Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia

Year Turned Pro: 1994

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

More Martina Hingis 

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Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
kdoumu added United States of America

Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1994-10-31

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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Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA

Year Turned Pro: 1968

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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Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Belgium

Birthplace: Liège, Belgium

Year Turned Pro: 1999-01-01

Australian Open: Winner 2004; Finalist 2006, 2010
French Open: Winner 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
Wimbledon: Finalist 2001
US Open: Winner 2003, 2007; Finalist 2006

More Justine Henin 

#802 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 30 The Shortest Women's Tennis Players Of All Time, Ranked

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Russia

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

Year Turned Pro: 2001-04-19

Australian Open: Winner 2008; Finalist 2007, 2012, 2015
French Open: Winner 2012, 2014; Finalist 2013
Wimbledon: Winner 2004; Finalist 2011
US Open: Winner 2006

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Françoise Dü... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Leroy Madison added Francoise Durr France

Birthplace: Algiers, Algeria

French Open: Winner 1967

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Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Belgium

Birthplace: Bilzen, Belgium

Year Turned Pro: 1997-08-17

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

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#575 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 15 The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 2000s

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Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Julian Dumitrascu added Romania

Birthplace: Constanța, Sud-Est, Romania

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

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Evonne Goolagong Cawley ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Australia

Birthplace: Griffith, Australia

Year Turned Pro: 1971

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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#15 of 60 The Greatest Female Tennis Players Of The Open Era #5 of 13 The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1970s

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Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Canada, France, United States of America

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Year Turned Pro: 1989-03

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

More Mary Pierce 

#20 of 60 The Greatest Female Tennis Players Of The Open Era #10 of 15 The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 2000s

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Helen Wills Moody is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

Birthplace: Fremont, California

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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Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Poland, Germany

Birthplace: Bremen, Germany

Year Turned Pro: 2003

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

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Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Year Turned Pro: 1990-03-05

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

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Gabriela Sabatini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Argentina

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Year Turned Pro: 1985-01

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

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Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Denmark

Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

Year Turned Pro: 2005-07-18

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

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#70 of 229 The Best Female Athletes of All Time #29 of 60 The Greatest Female Tennis Players Of The Open Era

23
Althea Gibson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
United States of America

Birthplace: South Carolina, 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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Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
Sheena Edwards Vis added Belarus

Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Year Turned Pro: 2003

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

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Amélie Mauresmo ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
France

Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

Year Turned Pro: 1993

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

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