Top 10 female tennis players of all time

5:50 am 23 Aug, 2012

The top 10 female tennis players of all time are not only renowned and well-known but are a household name across the globe. Many of the women players have slipped on the clay in Paris and donned the whites at Wimbledon but the greatest tennis players are the ones whose names stand the test of time. Below are such top 10 female tennis players of all time who are just awesome when it comes to swinging their rackets.

 

10. Justine Henin:

It was a difficult call between Henin and Martina Hingis but the Belgian is on the top 10 list by the virtue of her grand slam wins. She won seven whereas the Swiss star has five in her credits. Justin decided to retire very early in her tennis career at the tender age of 25 in May 2008. Counted among one of the most eminent female tennis players of all time, Henin was ranked number 1 in the world at the time of her retirement. Had the Belgian star decided to play more you would have certainly found her much higher on this list.

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Justine Henin

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9. Evonne Goolagong Cawley:

Had it been a list of the greatest tennis players of all time, this Aussie tennis sensation would be on the top along  with Vitus Gerulaitus. Best remembered for her arch rivalry with Chris Evert, Cawley was one of the most leading players of the 70s. She won 7 grand slam singles title in her career from the 18 she played. She has also won seven grand slam doubles titles – making her the 9th tennis star on the list of the top 10 female tennis players of all time.

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Evonne Goolagong Cawley

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8. Monica Seles:

Born in Yugoslavia and now a US resident, this Hungarian is really a global tennis star. Arriving on the sets while Steffi Graf was slashing up courts around the world, Monica seemed to be the next big name in the female tennis star. But unfortunately, an unhinged Graf fan stabbed her in the back during a tournament in 1993 held in Hamburg, devastating a career that might have been the brightest in the history of the sport. More psychologically than physically injured, Seles did not play tennis around 2 years and after her return she only managed to win one more grand slam title (Australian Open) summing up to 9 for her career.

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Monica Seles

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7. Billie Jean King:

This hard-hitting and violent speedster is one of the most familiar female tennis players in the world. King was one of the most leading players of her time, winning 12 singles grand slam titles in the 60s and 70s. She was not only a good single player but was even more successful in doubles, winning a total of 27 titles including doubles and mixed doubles in grand slam tournaments. Her career actions are terrific which easily makes her stand in the no. 7 position in this list.

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Billie Jean King

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6. Chris Evert:

This amazing former number 1 ranked female tennis player held that position for an impressive seven years. During her career she won 18 grand slam singles titles, including 7 French Open titles. Evert is usually considered to have one of the best passing shots in the history of the game, hitting her shots with pinpoint precision against such terrible serve and volleyers as Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Chris Evert

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5. Helen Wills Moody:

Going back to the initial days of professional women’s tennis, one name stands above all as the greatest of her epoch. One of the most notable female tennis players in the 20s and 30s, Helen Wills Moody racked up an astounding 19 grand slam single titles in just 22 appearances, comprising 8 Wimbledon titles. Beyond belief of all she reached the finals in every grand slam event she competed in and at one point she even had a 158 match winning line during which she did not drop a set.

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Helen Wills Moody

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4. Serena Williams:

The youngest of the William siblings, Serena is sure to ride on the top in the list of female tennis sensation when her career ends. A current tennis sensation she has won 14 single grand slam and 13 double titles along with sister Venus Williams. On 4th  August 2012 she became the second player after the legendary Steffi Graf to win a career Golden grand slam after captivating the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in Wimbledon and the first player in history of tennis, female or male, to win the Golden Grand Slam in both singles as well as doubles alongside sister Venus.

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Serena Williams

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3. Margaret Smith Court:

Another brilliant female Aussie tennis star, Margaret Smith Court has a resume that easily makes her on the number 3 position in this list of eminent female tennis players of all time. In 1970 she became the first woman of the open age to triumph all 4 grand slam titles in the same year. She has won 24 grand slam single titles along with her 38 grand slams double titles (double and mixed).

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Margaret Smith Court

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2. Martina Navratilova:

Born in Czechoslovakia, Martina appeared to be unstoppable through the 80’s and 90’s particularly on the lawns at Wimbledon. Most likely, the female best serve and volleyer to ever play the sport, Martina’s dominating game helped her win 59 total grand slam titles during her magnificent career, including a total of 20 victories at Wimbledon. She became one of the top 10 female tennis players of all time to be a symbol of her adopted nation, the US.

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Martina Navratilova

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1. Steffi Graf:

Steffi Graf dominated the game during her era like no other women before or after. Much like Federer does today, Graf used to easily win against even the most brilliant opponents by means of her implausible baseline power to squash winner after winner. Her 22 singles grand slam titles are the 2nd most ever won and if she had not opted to retire when she did, she would have without doubt hold the number 1 position in that class. She has bagged an Olympic gold medal, was number one for 337 weeks and is the only player to win each grand slam four times. Simply put, the most dominant female tennis player witnessed by the game of tennis!

Top 10 female tennis players of all time: Steffi Graf

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