To be described as one of the greatest tennis players of all time is something that every young woman who comes into tennis surely dreams of.
Below is a list of the five greatest female tennis players in tennis history. Any of the players on the roster could be described as the greatest in their own way and some of those players have faced each other many times in the past. However, the list is not just based on their victories and trophies …
The list counts all of their victories and trophies, but it focuses more on the incredible legacy they have left or continue to leave behind.
5th Best Tennis Player – Margaret Court
Margaret is an Australian tennis player and is considered one of the tallest. She turned pro in 1960 and retired in 1977.
During her 13-year career, she won 192 career titles, which remains the record today. This included 24 Grand Slam singles titles. In fact, she has won her native Australian Open 11 times, the French Open 5 times, the US Open 5 times and 3 titles at Wimbledon.
Court was the first woman of the open era to win the Grand Slam in singles in 1970. She was also the first tennis player to incorporate strength training and physical training into her routine. Thanks to this, she had a long, successful and injury-free career.
Just two years after her retirement, in 1979, Margaret was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame as one of the greatest players of all time.
Margaret Court has amassed more major titles than any player in history and is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Congratulations Marguerite on your # 50th 1970 Victory Anniversary #Grand Slam pic.twitter.com/ThvGAz4SqX
– 𝚃𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢 ™ (@Perth_Today) January 27, 2020
4th best tennis player – Martina Navratilova
Martina is originally from Czechoslovakia, she became a professional tennis player in 1975 and retired in 1994.
During her 19-year career, she dominated women’s tennis, particularly from the late 1970s to the 1980s. She achieved a total of 167 titles. This included 18 Grand Slam singles titles. She won the Australian Open 3 times, the French Open 2 times, the US Open 4 times and won a total of 9 titles at Wimbledon.
She was known for her big serve in matches, as well as being one of the toughest competitors to ever grace the court.
Martina is on the list of best women tennis players because she holds the most Wimbledon titles for women and not only that, when she retired in 1994, six years later (2000) she was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.
With good reason, Martina will be remembered as one of the greatest players in the history of women’s tennis.
🎾🗓️ #OnThisDay 1991: Martina Navratilova won her 100th singles match at Wimbledon, beating South Africa’s Elna Reinach 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round.
– The sportsman (@TheSportsman) June 25, 2020
3rd tallest tennis player – Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf hails from Germany and is considered one of the greatest players of all time, as she could play on any surface, be it grass, clay or hard. She turned pro in 1982 and retired in 1999. The legacy she left is incredible.
During her brilliant career, she won a total of 107 career titles. Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. She has won the Australian Open 4 times, the French Open 6 times, the US Open 5 times and Wimbledon 7 times.
Not only did she win all of these titles, but at some point in her career she had a remarkable 377 weeks as the world’s number one player. Also in 1988, she became the first female player to win a gold Grand Slam in the calendar year. She achieved this by winning all four major titles as well as an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
Upon her retirement, just five years later (2004), she was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame. Steffi Graf will always be one of the greatest tennis players to ever grace the tennis world.
2nd best tennis player – Serena Williams
Finally, we reach arguably the greatest player of all time in terms of triumphs and trophies, Serena Williams. She is of course American. She turned pro in 1995 and still plays tennis at 39.
So far, in her 26-year career, she has won 73 titles, including the record-breaking 23 Grand Slam titles. She has won the Australian Open 7 times, the French Open 3 times, her native US Open 6 times and 7 titles at Wimbledon.
She has been described by many as a strong and powerful woman who has certainly left and will continue to leave her mark on women’s tennis. Most certainly she was a dominant force and despite an extended hiatus from the sport in 2017 due to pregnancy, a year later she reached two finals. At present, she is showing no signs of retiring anytime soon despite turning 40 in a few days.
Not only does she hold the record for most Grand Slam singles titles, but she also has an outstanding 23-10 record in the Grand Slam final, meaning that in over 20 years, she has lost only in 10 finals, which is extraordinary.
She has yet to be inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, but there is no doubt that she will be there when she retires.
Is that the GOAT?
Serena Williams is arguably the greatest American athlete of all time, winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most of all in the Open era and the 2nd ever.
She continues to be an icon for many! pic.twitter.com/f991nHeEH1
– Future university athletics professionals (@FPCANetwork) March 30, 2021
The greatest tennis player of all time? – Billie Jean King
Now we have arguably, in terms of both her heritage and her accomplishments, the greatest tennis player of all time. American Billie Jean King. King turned pro in 1968 and retired in 1983.
During her remarkable career, she won a total of 129 titles. She won a total of 12 Grand Slam singles titles. 1 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 4 US Open titles and 6 Wimbledon titles.
After retiring in 1983, she was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame shortly thereafter in 1987. She was known for her aggressive and tough style of play on the court. King was the woman who was known as the queen of tennis from the mid-60s to the mid-70s.
Now, she might not have won the most titles of her career compared to the ones mentioned above, but King was the icon who changed women’s tennis forever.
She is best known for her “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs, 55, which was televised in the United States and abroad in 1973. King defeated Riggs in straight sets. This iconic victory was seen as a milestone in the acceptance of women’s tennis by the global public.
It is estimated that around 50 million people in the United States and around 90 million people worldwide watched the game and immediately fell in love with tennis icon Billie Jean King.
Thanks to Billie Jean King, we can now admire all the successful tennis players mentioned above and many more who weren’t quite on the list. But I also hope that we can admire many more champions to come in the future.
So who is the “GOAT” in the history of women’s tennis?
Well, Serena Williams is certainly the greatest tennis player of all time in terms of wins and trophies, but without Billie Jean King and her remarkable victory in the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ in 1973, women’s tennis might have been. to be completely different.
Imagine a world where we wouldn’t have had greats like Williams, Court, Navratilova, Graf and the other outstanding players who weren’t on this list.
Emma Raducanu received the #US Open trophy by legendary trailblazer and feminist Billie Jean King, who was one of the so-called “Original 9” – players who paved the way for players like Emma. Sports journalist Rebecca Myers joins us https://t.co/RDHfafG7pf pic.twitter.com/9l2OCseN3R
– BBC Wife’s Hour (@BBCWomansHour) September 13, 2021
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