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The Best Women's Tennis Players of the 1980s

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List of the best women's tennis players from 1980s, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. From 1980 to 1989, tennis had some of the greatest women's tennis players of all time. These are some of the most talented 1980s tennis players to ever live, so if you're a fan of tennis and are aspiring to play tennis professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular women's tennis player from the 1980s then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list is made up of a variety of players, including Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Featuring Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winners, Doubles players, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest 1980s tennis players?" and "Who is the best tennis player of 1980s?"

You can click on the names of these legendary tennis players of the 1980s in order to get more information about each one. If you play tennis or just love the sport then use this list of the top 1980s tennis players to find some athletes you haven't heard of before.

  • Martina Navratilova1

    Martina Navratilova

    United States of America, Czechoslovakia


    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    Year Turned Pro1975

    Australian Open: Winner 1981, 1983, 1984; Finalist 1982, 1987
    French Open Winner 1982, 1984; Finalist 1985, 1986 ,1987
    Wimbledon: Winner 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987; Finalist 1988, 1989
    US Open: Winner 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987; Finalist 1981, 1985, 1989

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  • Steffi Graf2

    Steffi Graf

    Germany, West Germany


    BirthplaceMannheim, Germany

    Year Turned Pro1982

    Australian Open: Winner 1988, 1989
    French Open: Winner 1987, 1988; Finalist 1989
    Wimbledon: Winner 1988, 1989; Finalist 1987
    US Open: Winner 1988, 1989; Finalist 1987

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  • Chris Evert3

    Chris Evert

    United States of America


    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1972

    Australian Open: Winner 1982, 1984; Finalist 1981, 1985, 1988
    French Open: Winner 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986; Finalist 1984
    Wimbledon: Winner 1981; Finalist 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985
    US Open: Winner 1980, 1982; Finalist 1983, 1984

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  • Gabriela Sabatini4


    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Year Turned Pro1985-01

    Wimbledon: Finalist 1991
    US Open: Winner 1990

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  • Hana Mandlíková5


    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    Year Turned Pro1978

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

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  • Arantxa Sánchez Vicario6


    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Year Turned Pro1985

    French Open: Winner 1989

  • Manuela Maleeva7


    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Year Turned Pro1982

  • Mary Joe Fernández8

    Mary Joe Fernández

    United States of America


    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Year Turned Pro1986

  • Tracy Austin9

    Tracy Austin

    United States of America, Australia


    BirthplacePalos Verdes, California, United States of America

    Year Turned Pro1978-10-23

    US Open: Winner 1981

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  • Katerina Maleeva10


    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria

    Year Turned Pro1984