Best Female Tennis Players of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Serena Williams Serena Williams Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002.

Unlike the greats before her, Serena Williams is accomplishing two very unique achievements in the singles game. First, she's collecting her hardware hall during an era where this kind of dominance is uncommon.

Chrissy, Martina and Steffi basically passed the baton one to another, but they also had contemporaries, rivals legitimately for supremacy with which they were forced to share the stage. Neither Chrissy nor Martina eclipse the other and given the HUGE asterisk surrounding Steffi's career, a very credible argument can be made that not only was Monica Seles better, but Steffi wouldn't have distinguished herself from Chrissy and Marti, had Seles been around to contest for a few more of those grand slam trophies. Does anyone doubt Seles would have won at least four more?

Next, Serena may be in the twilight of her career and as an elder states person, she is showing the field how to get her done! The other greats were waning in their late 20's and wrapping up their ...more

Serena is the best female tennis player that ever wielded a racquet. Her serve - best ever (first and second), her back hand - awesome, Her forearm - powerful, Movement athletic, her mental fortitude untouchable. Serena is dominating in an era when tennis is really open to a lot more people round the world the top 100 to day can easily compete in the early era of tennis. Graf supporters will say she held the number 1 ranking for so long but Seles who had taken the number 1 rank from her and was dominating for a long while even as a teen as subsequent stabbed and taken out of the game which allowed Graf hold on for another 87 weeks. My second best ever will have to be Navratilova for her achievements in tennis.

I've watched every player since the early 1960's and if you had a tournament containing the best women players through the ages, Serena's power and serve would come out on top. She also has a steely nerve which some very great players lacked. Navratilova was brilliant but her serve and volley game wouldn't stand the test today.

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2 Steffi Graf Steffi Graf

Graf is the greatest player of any generation period. As far as the Serena fan stating Serena beat Steffi when she was 16 that is false. Serena was older than 16 and Graf beat her twice anyhow. Given that Steffi was nowhere near her best from 97-99 she beat the top players anyway. Graf beat Serena in Hong Kong, Sydney, and narrowly lost to Serena in Indian Wells despite playing poorly due to reoccurring injuries. Graf also beat Venus in Sydney after taking out Serena beforehand. Then beat Venus in the QF's at Wimbledon too. She defeated Davenport, Hingis, Seles, and Clijsters during her final year. Just goes to show that even the younger top ranked player's back then couldn't stop an injury plagued sub par Graf. Imagine if Steffi was injury free during her final 2 years... She would have more than a few more Slams and none of those she lost a match, or two against would've came close. Graf is simply the best ever... And Serena well, not so much.

Steffi is the best ever. She won the Golden Slam in 1988. She has won three of the majors in one year in three different occasions. She has won each of the Grand Slams four times or more. She spent 377 weeks at number one, which is still a record. Steffi had 22 slams under her belt by the age of 30 when she retired. Serena captured her 22nd slam at age 34. It took Serena 4 more years to match the great Steffi Graf. Steffi at her best could beat any female tennis player on any surface. Steffi is the best period.

yes the greatest female tennis player of all times

Stuffi is the best ever. She like Henin could have won many more majors. They both retired by 30 and had the best backhands you will EVER see. Serena is good but like Sampras without a serve to bail her out she may not be top 10. I really feel it is Graf #1, Henin #2 and a tie with Serena and Martina Navratilova for #3. All are great but just because you hang around a long time to get close to a record doesn't make you the best.

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3 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova

In a few years my vote might be for Serena but at the time of this post I have to go with Martina. I believe that Steffi stats are inflated so I could not go with Steffi.

Martina is the greatest female tennis player who ever lived but also the greatest tennis player who ever lived. Bille Jean King in (2006) said about Martina "She is the greatest single, doubles, and mixed doubles player who ever lived".

That was then, this is today. King even says Serena is clearly the best ever today. - feisty37

Martina is just amazing - her career spans decades and she won wimbledon 9 times. What an ethic she has and a great personality.

No was as nominant as Navratilova. She spent more than 20 years in the Top 10 (a record). In 19 of those years she was in the Top 5 and the rest in #1(a record).

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4 Chris Evert Chris Evert

Loved the way she ran her opponents ragged while looking fresh as a daisy herself! She is responsible for the modern women's game. Superb anticipation and disguised shots that were difficult to read. Serve and volley players in particular were scared of her and ended up staying back and playing Evert's game for fear of being passed and lobbed. Her emotionless display on court also rattled many opponents. She was the bagel queen specializing in dishing out 6-0 sets!

Thiis is joke Chris is the greatest ever look at her records her clay court record is beyond recognition no one dominated a surface like she did records at the US open and French and she won wimbeldon more than Martina won the French best win loss record in history and the one single shot that is the most imitated her classic two handed backhand perfection and the most mentally tough player ever female or male chrissie was unique had she played more Australian opens and not missed three years at the French she would be ahead of court whom she dominated and graf for mine the ice queen is the greatest ever and one last point chrissie was loved by any crowd anywhere in the world a true legend greatest ever

18 grand slams, 125 consecutive matches on clay, rank number one seven times. Won the French open a record 7 times. Rivarly with Martina Navratilova even surpass her accomplishment, it made women's tennis what it is today.....

Thanks Chris and Martina

In some ways Chris Evert was the greatest tennis player of her era. I do believe her very best tennis was from 1976 to 1982.

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5 Margaret Court Margaret Court

In 1970, Margaret Court became the first woman during the open era and the second woman in history to win all four Grand Slam tournament singles titles in the same calendar year. Court won a record 24 of those titles during her career. She also won 19 women's doubles and 19 mixed doubles titles, giving her a record 62 Major titles overall. Her all surfaces career match winning percentage of 91.74 (1177/106) is an all-time record. The International Tennis Hall of Fame states, "For sheer strength of performance and accomplishment there has never been a tennis player to match her". She is clearly the greatest female tennis player of all time, so why is she not number 1 on this list?

More major titles than anyone, longer road trips to get to major events, she played so many doubles and mixed doubles, she had the fitness and stamina and endurance that puts her way ahead of the pack. Ever put that into consideration your rankings are biased

Great player no doubt. I saw her struggling against a young Chris Evert in the early '70's though which always makes me hesitate in ranking her very high.

Certainly behind Serena, Navratilova, Graf and Evert.

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6 Monica Seles Monica Seles

It's You who should read Your Tennis History before posting comments that aren't true! Get your facts right! Graf leads Seles 10-5 in head to head matches, and BEFORE! The stabbing it was 6-4 in Graf's favour. In slams the score was 3-3.

So if Graf was leading 6-4 before the stabbing and 10-5 overall how the hell do you come up with comments like "Seles beating Graf time and time again! It's just not true and these are real! Facts.

Also when Seles was winning most of Her slams before She was stabbed it wasn't always Graf She beat to win them. At this time Graf lost to quite a few other players in slams so the injuries and the trouble with Her Father obviously didn't help.

Seles was a brilliant player and no doubt would of won more Slams only for that dreadful sickening incident. She was the better player on Clay but overall Graf is the best all round female tennis player ever in my opinion.

MONICA SELES was like the "Michael Jordan" of Tennis, during her prime, in her TEENAGE years... she was unbeatable -- UNSTOPPABLE! Yes! She was 'just' a TEEN, at the time... and thus, she would always find herself winning many, many GRAND SLAMS against the best players in the world... players such as Steffi Graf (in her prime)... indeed, she played against the BEST and she 'beat' the best! That is prior to that sad and tragic day, that forever changed the sport of tennis... when she was brutally and violently attacked by a deranged "Steffi Graf OBSESSED" lunatic... on April 30, 1993... Indeed, this girl was on a path... on a mission to become the GREATEST tennis player that ever walked the Earth... but then tragedy happened in 1993... and her DESTINY of becoming the greatest player ever dramatically came to a sudden halt... and in the process, her dreams of becoming the best ever were suddenly derailed... forever... and thus, she NEVER recovered from that ...more

Overrated. People only talk about her being unlucky with the stabbing which is true but forget she is lucky in many other ways. Had she played in any era past where 3 of the 4 majors were on grass or even 2 of the 4 were on grass she would never been a dominant player and won a ton less. Had she not peaked in an era with no hard hitters besides Graf (who she barely played in 91-93) she again isn't ever dominant. As her head to heads vs Venus, Serena, Davenport, Graf, Pierce, all prove she has trouble with hard hitters. - roughstuff

So overrated. I guess in hindsight the stabbing was the best thing to happen to her, hard as it was to imagine at the time. - jayjustinbest

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7 Billie Jean King

If you don't know who she is you don't know women's tennis.

She is a good tennis player, you should search her up.

Don't know who the hell she is

She has done more for women’s tennis on and off the court.

8 Justine Henin Justine Henin

She has the best backhand in the womens game. She had a very good all around game and her slice was considered one of the best of all time. She won 7 grand slams and reached the final ov every grand slams including reaching the final in all of the grand slams in 2006. She also won the gold medal in 2004 at the olympics defeating Mauresmo in the final. The only grand slam she didn't win was Wimbeldon. She was considered one of the best volleyers on tour and won 3 consecutive French open titles. She retired with 4 french open titles, 1 australian open title, and 2 us open titles and is still known as one of the greatest tennis players ever

Should be way higher than this. Having her behind Sharapova and Seles is a joke.

The best, most attractive tennis without screaming!

Best backhand ever. Tough as nails.

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9 Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova

One of the greatest female tennis player ever and there is no doubt about it. Jumping forward in the highest level isn't that easy and she didn't just prove it but showed it when she was only 17.

And believe or not, I believe she has what it takes to be the best ever and she completely, undoubtedly deserves a lot more higher ranking in this list!

She is a world class tennis player you know that when someone wins wimbledon at the age of just 17 and to bounce back from injury lately and to have got back in the big time is pretty inspirational she is still in her mid 20's so more success is sure to come but to anyone she is one inspirational tennis player

She is a really inspiring character that brings so much to tennis both on and off the court... Her glamour quotient is one of the highest in tennis and she is really one of the best players on the current tour

Everyone who is voting her must be jerking off to her ass or something. Not an all time great at all. Only 5 majors, no year end #1 which is shocking for someone with 5 majors, and was Serena's bitch for years.

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10 Venus Williams Venus Williams

I'd put Venus higher on this list, after Serena I think. I mean..her groundstrokes are the best I've ever seen. She is great at the net and is the greatest athlete on the courts. Venus' problem is that she wasn't consistent. At the absolute best she was good on every surface. I've seen her hit the best forehands and backhands, get back balls no other player except for maybe Serena could get back and at her best playing very smart. Most certainly the best game to watch. The only reason why she isn't the number one on this list is because she wasn't consistent and Serena is mentally stronger. I mean, she won - only - 7 Slams and made a high spot on every greatest player of all time list, that says a lot. Talent wise I just think the Williams sisters are the best. Don't forget Venus had a lot of injuries and at her best, she always had Serena as an opponent, who was playing her best at that time too. After her 2003 injury Venus just wasn't the same. So, don't always look at titles but ...more

The best groundstrokes I've ever seen. Best forehand and backhand, so much power. Great volleys, she is very strong at the net. If she plays her best she is great on every surface. Massive first serve, fastest ever on the women's side. Second serve can be good, but sometimes is a weakness. The best athlete on the courst ever. Mentally strong, but just not as much as Serena and she is very inconsistent. She can bring back balls no other player except for Serena could bring back. That's why I didn't put Venus on the top spot. A lot of you are wondering why I put the Williams sisters ahead of everybody else. Well..Venus was only been consistent between 2000 and 2003. If she is consistent, I think she has the greatest game ever. She is the one player who really changed the game. I don't think it's all about titles but about what players are capable of when they are at their best. As it comes to tennis I think the Williams sisters are just simply the best ever. After 2003 she was never ...more - Svenfcg

Impeccable, beautiful to watch and winner of one of the best women's Wimbledon finals ever. Serena may be the better technical player but it was Venus who changed women's tennis and ooh things to a whole new level.

It’s weird that Venus and her sister use to be neck and neck with each other, now Serena wins everything. What happened? They are only a couple of years apart. Still, Venus is an all time great. It would be awesome to see her muster one or two more slam victories.

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The Contenders

11 Martina Hingis

Hingis was the grand master of chess playing tennis. She could dismantle any power hitting opponent with placement, stroke and uncanny angles. An absolute favorite to watch.

Beautiful to watch. She was a genius. Too bad she had to retire young, WTA lost the most talented player of the generation.

Great finesse and gamesmanship. Would have had a longer time at number one were it not for the arrival of the Williams sisters who have dominated based on brute force.

SHEER BEAUTY to watch her play. A player who used statistics and mind while playing rather than just power play.

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12 Simona Halep Simona Halep

She ‘s the best tennis player ever #teamhalep

She is the best in the world and you people can't Deny t bitches

Simona Halep should be higher than #15 because she’ s one of the best. Love her ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

13 Lindsay Davenport Lindsay Davenport
14 Kim Clijsters

She is the best player ever. She made many players to go on break, biggest example was willam sisters, sharapova and players like davenport and others. She was the true spirit of tennis. And I am sure if there are no health issues, She can beat any player on the tour. She should be back to let this world realized who is the real champion... Kim you are truly Great.

Being able to win 3 gs after childbirth says enough! She is the best!

15 Evonne Goolagong

One of the best players in women's tennis during the 70's! Along with 1980 Wimbledon Champion!

Graceful, elegant player. Good to watch and made tennis look easy. Unfortunately her career coincided with that of Chris Evert who was a bit too strong for her.

Graceful and elegant player. Made the game look easy. Very good player, not sure she is an all time great though, Evert, Court and King dominated her.

In the 70’s, second only to Chris Evert. Graceful and elegant.

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16 Suzanne Lenglen
17 Gabriela Sabatini

Gabriela had it all. She deserves to be much higher on this list. She had a great serve, a powerful return game, a cerebral ability to mix-up her types and placement of shots well and a charming personality that made her the media darling of women's tennis. A top-10 great player for sure,but more important--a quality person.

She was the only one that won 11 times to Steffi Graf and was number 3 in the ranking about 10 years

18 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

Best serve-returner of all time. Not to mention her great personality, great presence and passion in the courts, a legend

Number 1 in Individuals and in doubles

Come on¡ Vamooos¡ Arantxa Sanchez Vicario has to be up in the list. Four grand slam titles individual, four in doubles and four in mixt. 5 fed cup titles. Come on¡ 98 titles 29 individuals 69 doubles. 48 finals in individuals. Come on¡ FOUR olympic medals. Two Hoffman cups. Finalist in 8 grand slam. COme on¡ indicted in the hall of Fame. Let's be fair. She deserves to be high in the list. Best player ever in clay¡

She is not the best ever on clay.chris evert is the best ever what an idiot you are check the records you fool.chrissie evert has no peer on clay.

19 Agnieszka Radwanska

She's an amazing person and excellent tennis player. As far as I know she is on the fifth place in worlds ranking now.

Ninja on the court. Magical touch.
She could produce any shot you are even afraid of thinking.
I wish she could win any Grand Slam tournament.

"Magican" player! One of the best technique in tennis and the most clever game style!

20 Li Na

Shes hot too laugh out loud

Best two-handed backhand of all time!

21 Helen Wills Moody Helen Wills Moody
22 Ana Ivanovic

Ok it's because she's my pretend girlfriend, Which I mean I pretend she is my girlfriend. I saw her in person at the open last year and she is even more stunning than I could have imagined. I know some might say that my criterion for the best female tennis player might be sexist, but nigil tufnail once said" what's wrong with being sexy? "

23 Angelique Kerber Angelique Kerber Angelique Kerber is a German professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.1 in women's singles tennis by the Women's Tennis Association.

She ranks as the best based on being confronted with taller, heavier and largely stronger main opponents. Angelique is able to beat them however using her incredible fitness, speed, will and totally unorthodox methods. The way she plays that deep squat shot to buffer heavy shots and hit a ball slightly earlier or without having to move back to get the leverage, is delightful and shows off her immense thigh strength! She is just so watchable with her style!

Outdueled GOAT Serena still in her prime for year end #1 and 2 slams. Deserves to be top 30 all time. - feisty37

Current World number 1 (as 21.01.2017) Angie Kerber has 2 Grand Slams to her name - MatrixGuy

24 Caroline Wozniacki
25 Maureen Connolly
26 Maria Bueno
27 Sania Mirza Sania Mirza

Sania is India number 1 tennis Star of the millennium

Pride of India

Very successful doubles record. - polarbear

28 Samantha Stosur

I have rated Sammy as perhaps the most complete player in the world since I first saw her play live. She is clearly so much stronger and athletic than all the other players (including men). In the flesh those bulging muscles of hers (biceps, shoulders, thighs) just had me awe struck! I became very reflective of these feelings I was experiencing for another woman I must say!. She is just so beautiful too that I was mesmerized. When my ex-boyfriend and I met her later on for autographs, my heart just skipped beats and raced, especially when she looked at me with those eyes and smiled warmly at me. Since then I have travelled to watch her play and cheer her on over twenty times and she never fails to amaze with her skill, strength and ability. I have spoken with her precisely thirty three times and she is totally beautiful and person and gets my vote as the best ever player.

She would win a female body builder competition within her weight class with ease. She is already at least as impressive as the pumped contestants having a better proportioned frame with larger muscles. Imagine if she had done muscle inflating weights and was oiled up; my God, she would trounce the rest. She could do this after retiring from tennis!

Sam is absolute physical perfection as an athlete, body builder and by far most importantly, tennis layer. Not even Serena can hold a candle to her physically, Sam is more skilful and stronger. Serena is far more tenacious though and has winning spirit, which far overtakes Sam's better physicality. A real pity as a good player could have been a great great player had the amazonian bulging muscles also been matched by alpha motivation

Her muscles are so big and strong!

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29 Amelie Mauresmo
30 Jeļena Ostapenko

Ball striking is unreal, if she gets her serve in check and becomes more consistent she could win anything she wants!

She hits the ball as if her life depends on it and she won the French open at only the age of twenty

31 Elena Dementieva
32 Dominika Cibulkova
33 Kiki Bertens

She has made tennis big in Africa, and her ass

34 Garbiñe Muguruza
35 Mary Pierce
36 Eugenie Bouchard

She play very well she need one more chance to show her talent

She is awesome player and we love her

37 Conchita Martinez
38 Jeļena Ostapenko
39 Manon Bollegraf Manon Bollegraf

Best player ever! Especialy in doubles.

40 Kitty Godfrey
41 Althea Gibson
42 Victoria Azarenka

Vika has to grand slams she is the only one that could defeat serena at her best in this days she is young so she has a lot of time to add more slams to her collection and I'm sure that she will be one of the best of this sport

SHE PLAYS too good

43 Petra Kvitova

#2 best player nowadays...Why is she si low?

She is very good I'm from czech Republic Česká Republika

44 Vera Zvonareva
45 Sabine Lisicki Sabine Lisicki

When on song this lady has perhaps the equal best serve in women's tennis. Her ground strokes pack a punch too!

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46 Jennifer Capriati

A solid tennis player throughout her career! She was punished for things that all of us did when we were young. We love you Jennifer!

Best 13 yr old ever

47 Ons Jaber
48 Hana Mandlíková
49 Johanna Konta
50 Helen Jacobs
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