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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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  • 1
    Martina Navratilova
    2,096
    975

    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
    1,818
    1,026

    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
    1,153
    850

    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

  • 4
    Steffi Graf
    2,605
    2,190

    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
    Serena Williams
    3,049
    2,582

    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

  • 6
    Margaret Court
    955
    781

    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

  • 7
    Kimiko Date-Krumm
    1,417
    549

    BirthplaceKyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

    Year Turned Pro1989-03

  • 8
    Billie Jean King
    778
    887

    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

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  • 9
    Martina Hingis
    899
    1,040

    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

  • 10
    Venus Williams
    994
    1,186

    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
    1,336
    252

    Francoise Durr

    France

    BirthplaceAlgiers, Algeria

    French Open: Winner 1967

  • 12
    Caroline Wozniacki
    403
    447

    BirthplaceOdense, Denmark

    Year Turned Pro2005-07-18

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

  • 13
    Justine Henin
    691
    893

    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
    1,065
    1,392

    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
    478
    583

    BirthplaceConstanța, Sud-Est, Romania

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

  • 16
    Kim Clijsters
    644
    962

    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

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  • 17
    Angelique Kerber
    247
    305

    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

    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

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

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

  • 20
    Victoria Azarenka
    203
    265

    BirthplaceMinsk, Belarus

    Year Turned Pro2003

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

  • 21
    Jennifer Capriati
    298
    480

    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

  • 22
    Naomi Osaka

    Australian Open: Winner 2019

    US Open: Winner 2018

  • 23
    Gabriela Sabatini
    321
    550

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro1985-01

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

  • 24
    Mary Pierce
    192
    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

  • 25
    Helen Wills Moody
    402
    737

    Helen Wills Moody

    United States of America

    BirthplaceFremont, 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