Sports have gained a prominent space in everyone’s life, and females have also been showing great courage for a long time. Tennis is a game which is beneficial for maintaining good health and even reducing body weight. It requires extreme muscular strength, swiftness, patience, acute judgment, etc. and women’s have all of them. They are incredibly proficient, and female tennis players have proved it. It is not a game that can be played by anyone; it needs dedication and sincerity. It is a sport which is watched by crores of people from all around the world. It is four kinds of tournaments, i.e., The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Over the years, many female players have played but there are some of them who have permanently embarked their names on the minds of the general public and when it is time to vote for the best female tennis of all time, here is the list of Top 10 of them from all over the world.
10. Martina Hingis: –
A beautiful Swizz girl born on September 30mber 1980 had a keen interest in playing tennis since she was two years old. She entered into her first tournament when she was four and at the adolescence age of 12 years became the youngest one to win the Grand Slam Junior Title at the French Open. In no time she became the world’s number 1 female tennis player in 1977. She maintained her position for the next 29 weeks for both singles and doubles titles. Unfortunately, she retired because of the ligament injuries in both the legs.
When Martina returned she won 2 tier 1 tournament, four grand slams women doubles, 27 WTA titles and 6 Grand Slams mixed doubles tournaments in partnership with Timea Bacsinszky. Even though she had a short career, she was able to secure 40 singles titles and 36 doubles titles along with an Olympic silver medal under her name. In 2017, Martina finally decided to retire. She is married to Harald Leemann, and they have a beautiful daughter named Lia.
9. Justine Henin: –
The Belgian girl born on 1st June 1982 started her tennis career in the year 1997 and by 2001 become a fierce competition for the rest. Her German open tournament in 2002 was a highlight in her career as she manages to defeat Jennifer Capriati in the semi-finals and Sarena Williams in the finals. In the same year, she also beat Monica Seles at Wimbledon 2002.
In 2004 she got infected with a virus that had a severe impact on her immune system. After an extended period, she returned with a bang and won a gold medal by defeating Amelie Mauresmo at the summer Olympics held in Athens. Famous tennis player John McEnroe praised her game and for being a sharp one-handed backhand player. She took her retirement in the year 2011 after a severe elbow injury. Justine also became the first ever Belgium tennis player to be posted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She is married to Benoit Bertuzzo and has two children.
8. Venus Williams: –
This American player born on 17th June 1980 had always faced problems in growing and prospering because of her very successful sister named Serena Williams. In spite of that, she had an impressive career. She has a dominant baseline along with an excellent court coverage earning her 14 Grand Slam Women’s doubles titles and 6 Grand Slam singles, 5 Wimbledon singles titles and has also attained no.4 in the Open Era list. She has won 4 Olympic gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and became the 2nd tennis player to win gold medals in both singles and doubles after Helen Wills Moody. She has also won the French Open, US Open and the Australian Open and is an active player currently.
7. Billie Jean King: –
The former American tennis player, born on 22nd November, 1943. She is a right-handed backhand player is also a founder of the Women’s Tennis Association. She was also a part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. Billie Jean King holds a record of winning 20 career titles in the Wimbledon. She was the queen of the tennis era ranging between 1966 – 1975. She is also known for leading the Federation Cup for the United States and was also a captain of the team for three years.
6. Monica Seles: –
Monica Seles, born on 2 December, 1973 in Hungary. She played for the United States. Her keen interest for tennis made her the youngest player to win French Open and 8 Grand Slam titles till she was 20 years old. Unfortunately, in 1993 she was attacked by a stranger with a 23 cm long knife which became the reason for her downfall in tennis. It was a treat to watch the matches that Monica Seles and Steffi Graft played. Even though she tried making a comeback by grabbing the 1996 Australian Open title, her game was not the same as earlier. She officially announced her retirement in the year 2008.
5. Chris Evert: –
Christ Evert, born on 21st December 1954. I wish I were born in that era so that I could watch the beautiful Christine Marie Evert playing. She started her career at the age of 5. She is best known for her two-handed backhand playing style and is the only one who has reached most of the Grand Slam tournaments. Because of her great play and position, she became a player whom everyone envied. She has a total of 157 career titles under her name including French Open, Wimbledon Champions, and Australian Open. She has even won the Federation Cup 8 times. Currently, she is a coach at the Saint Andrew high school. In 2015 she started a brand that manufactures tennis apparel called the Chrissie by Tail.
4. Margaret Court: –
Margaret is one of the most controversial tennis players among all. Many believe that she should stay on the top of the list as she has a total of 64 titles sealed under her name. She is the first woman to win the singles Grand Slam at the Open era in 1970. Margaret great height was an added advantage as her serves were powerful and were a challenge to her opponents. She is the only tennis player to win the Grand Slam Box Set and has championships like French Open, US Open, and Wimbledon under her name. After retirement, she formed a ministry and built a church in Perth and is currently positioned as a Christian Minister. She also has a TV show named “A life of Victory,” airing on Sundays. She is the president of the Australian Family Association also.
3. Martina Navratilova: –
The Martina Navratilova, born on 18th November 1956 in Czechoslovakia. She is famous for left – handed one handed playing style which also plays in an attacking manner. She holds the record for being on the top position for almost 200 weeks both in the singles and doubles and is also one among the three female players (Doris Hart and Margaret Court) to win career Grand Slam. She and Serena Williams are the only ones to win six consecutive major singles crown without a single loss. She is also one among the exceptional tennis players to steel the multiple slam set. Martina Navratilova played her last match with a wish to break the record of Billie Jean King who had 20 championships under her name. She also wrote her autobiographies named “Martina” and “Being Myself.” She has also fought some severe health problems like breast cancer and pulmonary edema. In March 2012, her name was still on the top 100 most celebrated tennis players around the world.
2. Steffi Graf: –
The 2nd most experienced female tennis players of the world was born on 14th June 1969. The graft was famous for using her inside out forehand drive which gave an outstanding speed and accuracy. She was flexible enough to play both crosscourt and down to the line. Her ability to judge the correct timings during the play was a reason for her being a successful player. She is the only player to stay for a total period of 377 weeks on the ranking list. She has won a total of 107 career titles, four Australian Open singles, six French Open singles titles, and five US Open singles. Steffi is a founder and chairperson of a non-profitable organization named “Children for Tomorrow” that was established in 1998. She is married to Andre Agassi, and they have two beautiful children, a boy, and a girl.
1. Serena Williams: –
Serena Williams, born on 26th September 1961. She started her career in 1995 at the age of 14 when she secured her historic win in a main – draw match by defeating the top 10 players in the open era. After a series of losses faced at the Grand Slam, she won the doubles WTA title with her sister Venus and they became the third pair of sisters to win this title. In 1999, she defeated Steffi Graf to win her first Tier 1 title. She then became the second African – American woman to win the US Grand Slam by defeating Martina Hingis. Both the sisters together won a Gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in a second match. At Wimbledon, after defeating Venus, she won the oldest tennis championship and became the world’s No 1 by winning the Grand Slam singles title without dropping even a single set.
Being a dominant double-handed backhand player, she is known to be the greatest among all. As a baseline player, she could take immediate control on rallies with her strong serves & has also played many powerful down strokes using the power of both her forehand and backhand. She plays both her groundstrokes with an open stance and is often called a risky player.
Serena is also a player to have won a Grand Slam on all the three surfaces in the same year and ranks second in the list of holding the most Grand Slam titles (23). She has won 4 Olympic Gold medals, 1 in singles and 3 in doubles with sister Venus. She also has been honored with the “Laureus Sportswomen of the year ” 4 times and is also one among the highest paid athletes in the Forbes list. Serena married Alexis Ohanian and blessed with a beautiful daughter. Serena is currently the chief sporting officer for British luxury automobile manufacturer Aston Martin, director of Poshmark, Ambassador at Allstate Foundation purple purse project, Elton John AIDS Foundation and Heart of Gold. Both Serena and Venus Williams along with author Hilary Beard launched their book titled Venus & Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules For Living, Loving and Winning, in 2005.
The list of notable female tennis players of all the times is very comprehensive and selecting the top 10 from them was a tough task. There are many more players like Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Evonne Goolagong, Ana Ivanovic, Lindsay Davenport and so on. They all were fabulous at their time. Even though they faced injuries once, they recovered and bounced back with full force. The spirit and sincerity which the players show towards their sports are commendable, and that is what distinguishes them from a layperson.