Tennis

8 top tennis female players of all time

Justine Henin: She is among the top female tennis players of all time
Justine Henin: She is among the top female tennis players of all time. Photo/Twitter
  • For decades now, tennis courts have seen the best of action from legendary female tennis players
  • They inspired a new generation of players in the open era
  • Among them is the beautiful Martina Hingis whose career was cut short by injuries and doping

For decades now, tennis courts have seen the best of action most of it that bore top tennis female players of all time. But who are they?

With their illustrious portfolio, you’ll love this list of the all-time star tennis players. Even if one excludes the great female tennis players of the early 20th century, the Open Era has an incredible number of female tennis greats.

Changes in nutrition practices in exercise and as well as racket technology, add to their success. It is these efforts that bore top tennis female players of all time.

Here they are.

MARTINA HINGIS

Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis. Photo/Sports Illustrated

The 42-year-old tennis player is a 13-time Grand Slam doubles winner. She won seven Mixed Doubles titles, and two Tour Finals. This is a good case placing her among the top tennis female players of all time.

The Swiss, however, had a career dogged by doping controversy and recurring injuries that she eventually quit tennis. In 2003, at the age of 22, Hingis announced her retirement for the first time.  But she later returned to the court and rewrote history.

BILLIE JEAN KING

The tennis legend retired in1993 but left an indelible mark of greatness in tennis. Her legacy speaks of an aggressive tennis player known for her hard serves and returns.

It was Chris Evert, who came up in 1972 and challenged the reigning queen of women’s tennis. Nonetheless, her elegant ground game and hard-charging aggressive style set King apart. From 1966 to 1975, King was Wimbledon’s most dominant player, winning the tournament six times. That’s why she remains among top tennis female players of all time.

JUSTINE HENIN

Justine Henin’s legacy projects a mentally strong and physically fit tennis player who always made headlines. Despite her petite size, she had a powerful serve and an accurate forehand shot.

She became world No. 1 in 2003 after winning the French Open and US Open. In 2004, Henin won the Athens Olympics and the Australian Open.

She won seven Grand Slam titles but retired in 2008, citing fatigue following 20 years of tennis. Her 2010 comeback was brief, and she retired in early 2011.

CHRIS EVERT

Chris Evert isn’t only among top tennis female players of all time but a graceful one too. She dominated women’s tennis from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s with her two-handed backhand.

Evert reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals and won 18, including every major twice.

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA

She dominated women’s tennis from 1970s to the 1980s. Extremely fit, Martina brought back the big serve and volley to women’s tennis.

She has 167 career titles and 59 Grand Slam titles (singles, doubles, mixed doubles). Martina has won nine Wimbledon titles; 31 Grand Slam Doubles trophies and 10 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles.

STEFFI GRAF

Graff was a consistent winner for over 17 years which mark her tennis career. She boasts of a top ranking for 377 weeks. With her four major championship titles and Olympic gold medal, Graff set a new record in 1988.

She was the third-best player in the world when she retired in 1999.

MONICA SELES

Monicah Seles: Top female tennis players of all time

Monicah Seles: Top female tennis players of all time. Photo/ Tennis World

Monica Seles would have won more Grand Slams without the 1993 fan incident and stabbing. Because of a fan’s unreasonable devotion, she and Steffi Graf missed multiple matches. Nevertheless, she deserves a place among top female tennis players of all time.

Monica returned to tennis after the incident but was never the same. She won the 1996 Australian Open, her only Grand Slam after the tragedy. She retired in 2003.

In the 1990s, Monica Seles was the top player. She won seven of her nine Grand Slams then. At the time, she was the world’s best player.

MARGARET COURT

Analysts consider Margaret Court the best tennis player of all time. No one can argue against this given that she won 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Court’s 62 other major wins include 19 doubles and 19 mixed doubles.

She’s one of just two women to win the mixed doubles Grand Slam three times (the other being Daniela Hantuchova). She was the first woman to include weightlifting and fitness training in her routine.

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