‘Gender equality is more than a goal in itself’.
Women epitomize power, dedication and strength. No wonder they have breakaway all limitations and societal norms and excelled radically in sports. Tennis is one field of sports where women have had a strong foothold since time immemorial.
There have been so many great women tennis players over the years. The best women’s tennis players of all time are multiple Grand Slam champions, Olympic tennis gold medallists and simply the best ladies to ever step on the clay or grass courts around the world. These record holders hail from around the world, leaving aspiring female tennis players in the dust as they dominate at the top tennis tournaments around!
Selecting the top 5 of anything can be a difficult and subjective task. After pouring through countless statistical records, we have come up with a list of the ‘Top 5 Women Tennis Players of all time’.
Without further ado, let’s start!
Serena owns the greatest weapon in Women’s Tennis: ‘her serve’. Combine that with her overall power game and unfathomable determination, and you have the most dominant Women’s Player!
With 23 Grand Slam Singles titles, Serena Williams now owns the open era record for Grand Slam singles titles by a tennis player, male or female.
Therefore she leads the pack of ‘Top 5 Women Tennis Players’.
Serena’s game has certainly withstood the test of competition and time. Her Grand Slam titles have come over an 18-year period starting in 1999, with her latest victory coming at the 2017 Australian Open. And certainly making it to the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open finals was a step in the right direction. She is the champion of the Australian Open, Wimbledon Open, French Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic Women’s Singles and Doubles.
In her late 30s she is still going strong. More power to her!
This German native is a former World No.1 tennis player and one of the greatest of all times!
Her remarkable consistency and dominance across all playing surfaces (hard court, grass, and clay) and her powerful forehand drive and footwork are noteworthy!
She has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. ‘Fraulein Forehand’ has been ranked No.1 by the WTA for a record of 377 weeks, the longest period for both male and female tennis players.
She is the first and only tennis player to achieve Golden Slam by winning the Olympic gold medal and all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same calendar year.
This lady was an incredible player who dominated the then era and advanced women’s tennis.
A veteran tennis player, Martina Navratilova dominated women’s tennis from the late 1970s through a good portion of the 1980s. She is considered as one of the toughest competitors to ever grace the court!
Known for her extreme physical conditioning, ‘the native of Czechoslovakia’ brought the big serve and volley back to the women’s game.
She holds the open era record for career titles with 167. She had won 10 major mixed doubles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles, and 18 Grand Slam singles titles. Martina also holds the record for career Wimbledon titles with an amazing nine championships.
She deserves to hold a position in the ‘Top 5 Women Tennis Players’ countdown.
She will be remembered as one of the greatest doubles players ever!
Undoubtedly the greatest player in the 1960s to early 1970s!
She was the first woman to win the singles Grand Slam in 1970, and she is one of only two women to have won a Grand Slam in mixed doubles, which she did twice.
With a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, add in her 19 doubles and 19 mixed doubles titles and Court has a record 62 Major titles to her credit!
Therefore she successfully paved her way in enlisting herself in the ‘Top 5 Women Tennis Players’ list.
The Australian is often credited as being the first Women’s Player to adopt a physical fitness regimen.
Was there ever a player more graceful on the court than Chris Evert?
She was a machine from the baseline, and with that two-handed backhand shot, she dominated women’s tennis from the mid-1970s into the early 1980s.
Evert was Navratilova’s chief rival. Though she couldn’t match Navratilova’s power, she made it up with finesse, speed, and uncanny court sense. Evert still holds the record for reaching the most Grand Slam singles finals with 34 and she managed to win 18 of them including every major at least twice on all surfaces.
While she is often looked upon as the all-American girl that disguised the fact she was the tough-as-nails competitor.
So, we had to get her covered in our ‘Top 5 Women Tennis Players’ list!
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