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The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time

Updated February 7, 2020 61.8k votes 10.3k voters 188.1k views72 items

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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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    Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    2,089
    966

    Martina Navratilova

    United States of America, Czechoslovakia

    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

  • 2
    Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    1,811
    1,019

    Monica Seles

    United States of America, Germany

    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

  • 3
    Chris Evert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    1,145
    845

    Chris Evert

    United States of America

    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

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    Steffi Graf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    2,594
    2,189

    Steffi Graf

    Germany, West Germany

    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

  • 5
    Margaret Court is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    949
    778

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    Year Turned Pro1968

    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

  • 6
    Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    3,038
    2,577

    Serena Williams

    United States of America

    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

  • 7
    Kimiko Date-Krumm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    1,376
    540

    BirthplaceKyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

    Year Turned Pro1989-03

  • 8
    Billie Jean King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    771
    885

    Billie Jean King

    United States of America

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1968

    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

  • 9
    Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    893
    1,036

    Martina Hingis

    Switzerland, Slovakia

    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

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    Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    990
    1,179

    Venus Williams

    United States of America

    BirthplaceLynwood, California, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1994-10-31

    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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  • 11
    Francoise Durr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    1,296
    244

    Francoise Durr

    France

    BirthplaceAlgiers, Algeria

    French Open: Winner 1967

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    Caroline Wozniacki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    398
    442

    BirthplaceOdense, Denmark

    Year Turned Pro2005-07-18

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

  • 13
    Justine Henin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    688
    888

    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

  • 14
    Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    1,055
    1,388

    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

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  • 15
    Simona Halep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    475
    582

    BirthplaceConstanța, Sud-Est, Romania

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

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    Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    641
    960

    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

  • 17
    Angelique Kerber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    247
    304

    Angelique Kerber

    Germany, Poland

    BirthplaceBremen, Germany

    Year Turned Pro2003

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

  • 18
    Evonne Goolagong Cawley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time

    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

  • 19
    Garbiñe Muguruza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

    Australian Open: Finalist 2020
    French Open: Winner 2016
    Wimbledon: Winner 2017; Finalist 2015

  • 20
    Victoria Azarenka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    203
    263

    BirthplaceMinsk, Belarus

    Year Turned Pro2003

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

  • 21
    Jennifer Capriati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    296
    477

    Jennifer Capriati

    United States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1990-03-05

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

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  • 22
    Naomi Osaka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time

    Australian Open: Winner 2019

    US Open: Winner 2018

  • 23
    Mary Pierce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    189
    323

    Mary Pierce

    Canada, France

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Year Turned Pro1989-03

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

  • 24
    Gabriela Sabatini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    318
    550

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro1985-01

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

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    Petra Kvitová is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time
    189
    226

    Petra Kvitová

    Czech Republic

    BirthplaceBílovec, Czech Republic

    Year Turned Pro2006

    Australian Open: Finalist 2019

    Wimbledon: Winner 2011, 2014

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