Best Female Tennis Players of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Steffi Graf Steffi Graf

Steffi had several rivals of immense quality who stepped up to challenge her - Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. She conquered them all. Serena has had no one of that quality, instead beating up on weak era players. Her rivalry with Sharapova was barely a rivalry. No one else challenged her at all, showing the immense weakness of the women's game under Serena. Steffi might have won many more if she hadn't retired at 30 - at the same age Serena had only won 13 slams, Steffi had won 22. Steffi could move better than Serena, who is really just a power player with very limited flexibility to her game.
But most important of all, Steffi had class. You wouldn't find her threatening to shove a tennis ball down an umpire's throat, or trying to make it into a racist issue when she got called out on her own bad behaviour. I respect Serena for achieving what she achieved in spite of racism against her, but I can't respect her for her behaviour, and for that alone she's not ...more

Steffi is without a doubt the greatest tennis player we have ever seen. Her ability to win on ANY surface is what sets her apart from Serena. He complete game is also better than Serena's. Her overall record and win percentage as a Tennis Player is astonishing and better than any other player (male or female). With all due respect to Serena, Steffi is the greatest.

I used to love watching her. She just played her game with no drama. She was the best.

She definitely is the best of all time so far.

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2 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 has come from humble beginnings and rose to the top of the Tennis World. She and her sister both have contributed more to the sport than some who just played it.
I, personally, appreciate what she brings to the sport. I have watched tennis for more than 30 years and never have I been more excited about the grand-slams than I am when she is a part of them. You go Serena.

She is just so much better than everyone she plays.. And the excuse they make is her opponents are just not that good but that is just am excuse, I believe she would have dominated any era

The best to ever do it!

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3 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova

167 singles and 177 doubles titles,18 grand slam singles and 31 grand slam doubles titles...

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).

Navratilova is way overrated. The only reason most have her as high as 3rd or 4th best ever is since she is a lesbian and due to the liberalized society today, people feel they have to overrate her for being a lesbian. - quackerpacker

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.

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4 Chris Evert Chris Evert

Great player. When she first came on the circuit, she wreaked havoc destroying the top women players easily.

Highest winning percentage of all time- 52 out of 56 majors semifinals or better. Would have won 25 plus majors if she played the French and Australian more often.didn't lose a match on clay for 4 years.

Yup!

I agree with the comments regarding opponents being afraid of playing Chris. Most women went in wanting to just win a few games. Chris had such a reputation of beating people 0 and 1. Even top players felt the pressure.

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5 Monica Seles Monica Seles

Monica is so under rated. I'd forgotten how good she was and have rediscovered her games on YouTube. Man oh man, her power combined with the angles she could hit were just incredible.

I think had she not been stabbed in her prime, missing those important years, she would easily get the respect she deserves.

I think her game was better than both Martina and Chrissy. Her game was probably on par with Stephie and Sarina

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.

8 of the first 14 slams she entered she won. 3-1 head to head in slam finals with Graf (the only final she lost was when she was shamed by the media into being quiet) and all before she turned 20.

If anyone thinks she wouldn’t have won Wimbledon, dominated for several more years and doubled her slam tally they are deluded.

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

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6 Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player of Belarusian descent. Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career ...read more.

Love this Russian
Come back healthy in 2019!

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

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7 Billie Jean King

If it weren't for Billie Jean King, no one would have ever heard of the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova, or anyone else in women's tennis.

Battle of the sexes is enough to put her above all the rest.

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.

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8 Margaret Court Margaret Court

Most single grand slams.
Most singles gland slam titles
Most singles titles
Most doubles grand slam titles.
Most doubles titles.
Most mixed doubles grand slam titles.
Equal most grand slam titles after children
No doubt best of all time

Should be just behind Chris Evert and ahead of Billie Jean, Sharapova and Seles.

By far the greatest

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?

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9 Justine Henin Justine Henin

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

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

The best, most attractive tennis without screaming!

The best backhand forever.

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10 Simona Halep Simona Halep

Blazing speed

SiMONA is definitely better than #13. I would put her further up. Better than Davenport by a mile! Strong, focused, athletic, great backhand...

She bet no 2 Serena in Wimbledon 6-2
6-2, how come that she s only on position 13#

Best fighter

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The Contenders

11 Martina Hingis

The best.

Hingis was A great champion Indeed.

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.

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12 Venus Williams Venus Williams

Longevity, class, power, agility. I have always admired the Venus game, and how she has adapted and added to her repertoire as her career advances. Her perseverance is very inspiring, especially her 2017 season which was phenomenal. Also her doubles and Olympic record is commendable too. What she has done for women's tennis from equal pay, to the representation of black women and her fashion icon status is amazing, she is still playing quite well today at 39, beating players half her age or ranked higher, and her record on grass is also noteworthy. When she wins a match her smile and happiness is magnetic and she is always respectful. Her love for Serena is obvious, a mentally weak person may feel threatened by Serena's success but Venus is able to celebrate her and also remain focused on her own success. She is an entrepreneur with her own pursuits outside of tennis, arguably a distraction from what she can achieve in tennis however it is nice to see tennis players focus on other ...more

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.

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13 Lindsay Davenport Lindsay Davenport

Other than the William sis Lindsey Davenport is my hero cool
Collect Waite ing for the ridgt time to execute and a class act no tantrums. Simpley an American ican my temnis gero and one other an maition tennis great for me Daniela hantecova skine 🔥 craker miss her

14 Kim Clijsters

Best forehand ever so far like a sladgehammer :) I love her style, strong flexible and intellicent. Wish you all the best Kim

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 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

16 Evonne Goolagong

Graceful, elegant player. Made tennis look smooth and easy. In my view did not quite reach her full potential - partly because of her lack of hunger, but mostly because of Chris Evert who ensured that Evonne stayed #2 behind her.

For me, Evonne stands out as one of the most graceful and sporting players. With her graceful, natural game she made tennis look easy. For this she deserves an honorable mention.

But she just did not have the competitive fire needed to be number 1 which was the kiss of death for her against someone like Chris Evert who exuded competitive fire!

I loved to watch her not only for her elegance but also for the variety in her gane; good baseliner and strong at the net, and able to produce the most incredible shots when in defense - today’s players, female and male, with few exceptions like Roger Federer could learn from her agility.

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

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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 Caroline Wozniacki

A role model for tennis players and one of the best this decade

Unbelievable run... Congrats Caro!

Love her!

19 Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwańska is an amazing player she plays really well near the net and is known for shooting the most amazing and hard shots. As a little girl I always looked up to her attitude always inspired me how no matter if she was losing or winning she had respect for her opponent and she always stayed calm. As a teenager that player tennis I hope that in the future I will be able to play like her and make our country proud.

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.

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

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

20 Manon Bollegraf Manon Bollegraf

Best player ever! Especialy in doubles.

21 Helen Wills Moody Helen Wills Moody
22 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

23 Li Na

She encourages more Asians to play tennis.

Shes hot too laugh out loud

Best two-handed backhand of all time!

24 Ana Ivanovic

So beautiful, kind and sympathetic.

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? "

25 Maureen Connolly
26 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.

27 Maria Bueno

The very best.

Top!

28 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.

Love this player! She will have a great future on the court!

Such a great player to watch. She is perhaps not technically the best, but she used her weapons to over power taller, stronger, better players. She has incredible levels of fitness, toughness, ability to put endurance any player and utilize her highly unorthodox style. Her method of playing the squat shot is quite remarkable, as she squats so deep and squats back up so quickly, even against huge power shots. Her thigh muscles are incredible and she watering strong, and she is the only player capable of carrying this out in such a rugged way. She is the best at maximising her talents!

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

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29 Sania Mirza Sania Mirza

She is a best and my favorite player.
She plays for team India.

Look how fat she is and look how skinny her husband is, does she even feed him? And why has she given her own surname to her baby, she is the mother not father whose name a baby takes after. Why did she marry a Pakistani if she hates Pakistan? Why did she take her baby to a shisha bar amidst Ind Vs Pak matches? Obviously she's a bad wife, mother and sportswoman. And human

Very successful doubles record. - polarbear

Sania is India number 1 tennis Star of the millennium

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30 Petra Kvitova

She should higher, at least in the top 20

She is the best when she is in form. Has been a regular top plater for tge past decade. 2 Wimbledon titles. Australian Open final after life threatening injury.

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

I’m from Czech to ja hraju taki tenis

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31 Samantha Stosur

Samantha has such a smooth, powerful game, that is a joy to watch. Although her achievements in the game do not match up to some others, with SerenaI feel being the best in pure tennis terms, as an all round package Sam is best. She has the best tennis style, is the most beautiful, cute smile and voice, best physique, by far the best muscles, which are unbelievably big and strong, thighs that are silky smooth and shapely, but ripple with muscles, long beautiful fingers that are also very strongly set, amazing muscle bound shoulders, and a V-shape torso and deltoids that totally ellipse female body builders. She is by far the most amazing woman ever to grace the plant! I have felt this way since at least 2010 and she just rises higher and higher above anybody else, which is why for me, Samantha is the greatest of all time! I would marry her in a heart beat!

Sam is kind & amazeing Australian tennis star

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.

When I think of Sam I think of Muscles. Muscles Muscles, Muscles!

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32 Amelie Mauresmo
33 Garbiñe Muguruza
34 Hana Mandlíková

Hana could beat anybody on any given day! Great all court player and so graceful #34? What a joke

Talented player

It’s Crying shame she is so low on this list.

35 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!

Best grass player this year!

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 Kiki Bertens

She has made tennis big in Africa, and her ass

38 JeÄĽena 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

39 Althea Gibson

She should be much higher on the list! She was an excellent tennis player and broke so many racial stereotypes!

40 Mary Pierce
41 Conchita Martinez
42 Johanna Konta
43 Elena Dementieva
44 Vera Zvonareva
45 Dominika Cibulkova
46 Suzanne Lenglen
47 Kitty Godfrey
48 Ons Jaber
49 Helen Jacobs
50 Alice Marble
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