The sport of Tennis was restricted to men at first but at the 50th anniversary of the International Tennis Federation a female version of the Davis Cup was organise and it was called the Federation Cup. Since then the world has seen numerous great and amazing female tennis players like Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams, Billie Jean King and many more.
Here is the list of top ten female tennis players of all time.
10. Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen was a French Tennis player and was called La Divine by the press which means the divine one. She was one of the first female athletes to gain international recognition. She started her career in 1914 and retired in 1926.
During her career she won 12 singles events in Wimbledon and French Championships, 11 women’s double events and 8 mixed double events.
09. Justin Henin Hardin
Justin Henin Hardin was known for her athletic conditioning and physical and mental toughness despite having a very small stature. She had a very accurate and powerful forehand shot and she also had a strong serve. She also won the Olympic gold medal in 2004.
Born in Liege, Belgium on June 1, 1982 Justin Henin Hardin turned pro in 1999. During her 20 year long career she won 50 career titles and 7 Grand Slam titles. She won the Australian Open on time, the French Open four times and the US open two times.
08. Venus Williams
Venus Williams is the older sister of Serena Williams and if it was not for her younger sister Venus Williams could have won even more titles. Although Venus has suffered from numerous injuries all throughout her career she still managed to get to the top in 2000. After suffering from knee injury for two years she made her comeback and she was ranked at number 18 at the end of 2014.
Born in Lynwood, California on June 17, 1980 Venus Williams started her professional career in 1994 and went on to win 49 career title and 7 Grand Slam titles. She has won the US Open twice and Wimbledon five times.
07. Evonne Goolagong
Despite being overshadowed by the likes of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova Evonne Goolagong made her own mark on the game of tennis with her beauty and grace on the court. She played in an era of extreme competitiveness and still managed to win seven Grand Slam titles. Evonne was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1988.
Evonne Goolagong was born on july 31, 1951 in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia and she turned pro in 1968 and played till 1983. She has won 68 career titles and 7 Grand Slam titles. She won the Australian Open four times, the French Open one time and Wimbledon two times.
06. Monica Seles
Monica Seles was undoubtedly the most dominant player of the early 1990’s and she had some classic matches with Steffi Graf. At the height of her career in 1993 an insane fan attacked her with a knife during a game. She made a comeback and won the Australian Open in 1996 but she could never return to her previous form.
Monica Seles was born in former Yugoslavia on 2nd December, 1973 and started her professional career in 1989. She has won 53 career titles and 9 Grand Slam titles which include winning the Australian Open four times, the French Open three times and the US Open four times. In 2009 Monica Seles was inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame.
05. Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King not only dominated women’s tennis during the mid-1960’s to mid 1970’s she also played and defeated male tennis star Bobby Riggs. She dominated the Wimbledon arena from 1966 to 1975 winning the title six times.
Billie Jean King was born in Long Beach, California on November 22, 1942 and she turned pro in 1986. She has won 129 career titles and 12 Grand Slam titles, she won the Australian Open once, the French Open once, the US Open four times and Wimbledon six times. Billie Jean King got inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1987.
04. Chris Evert
Chris Evert is widely considered as the most graceful player in tennis history and she dominated women’s tennis with her two-handed backhand shot. Chris Evert holds the record for playing 34 Grand Slam singles finals and she her percentage of winning single matches was over 90.
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 21st December, 1954 Chris Evert started her professional career in 1972 and retired in 1989. She has won 157 career titles and 18 Grand Slam titles including two Australian Open titles, 7 French Open titles, 3 Wimbledon titles and 6 US Open titles. She was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1995.
03. Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova had an extremely good physical conditioning and she brought back volleys and big serves in women’s tennis. She was also the best doubles player in the history of the game winning 31 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.
Martina Navratilova was born on October 18, 1956 in Prague, Czechoslovakia and she turned pro in 1975. She has won 167 career titles and 18 Grand Slam titles. Her Grand Slam titles include 3 Australian Open title, 2 French Open titles, 4 US Open titles and her 9 Wimbledon titles are still a record. She was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2000.
02. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is undoubtedly the most powerful and the strongest women to ever play the game of tennis. Her performance in recent years and her Grand Slam wins have shown that she is getting better with age. This year she is on her way to win all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year.
Serena Williams was born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on September 26, 1981 and she turned pro in 1995. She has won 70 career titles and 21 Grand Slam titles, Serena has won the Australian Open six times, the French Open three times, the US Open six times and Wimbledon six times.
1. Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf’s achievements are a clear indication that she is the best female player of tennis in history. In her 18 year long career she won 22 Grand Slam titles, she is the only player to win every Grand Slam 4 times, she won the 4 Grand Slam and Olympics in the same year and she holds the record for staying at number 1 for 337 weeks.
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 14, 1969 she started her professional career in 1982. Steffi Graf has won 107 career titles and 22 Grand Slam titles. She has won the Australian Open four times, the French Open six times, the US Open five times and Wimbledon 7 times. She was inducted into Hall of Fame in 2004.