Top 10 Greatest Female Tennis Players of All Time

February 25, 2021 By Sourav


Top 10 Greatest Female Tennis Players of All Time

This is a list of the tennis queens who played tennis as a passion. And, they dominate the world throughout their careers. These tennis stars have also been an inspiration for women across the globe. Their determination has awarded them an unforgettable name in their respective fields. let's have a look at the all-time greatest female tennis players.

Greatest Female Tennis Players of all Time

Tennis is one of the Most Played Sports in the World. Let's See who are the Best Female Tennis Players of All Time.

10. Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis 10th Greatest Female Tennis Players
Martina Hingis 10th Greatest Female Tennis Players

One of the Greatest Female Tennis Players, Martina has won 5 Grand Slam, 548–133 (80.5%), prize money $20,130,657 in her career. No need to justify the score here. Hingis has almost done it all in tennis, with her accomplishments being surpassed by a select few. Five Grand Slam titles, 40 career titles, and a win-loss record of 463-95 since she turned pro in 1994 at the age of 14.

She is a Swiss former professional tennis player who spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1. Hingis set a series of "youngest-ever" records before ligament injuries in both ankles forced her to withdraw temporarily from professional tennis in 2002 at the age of 22 years. she leads the 2013 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

9. Monica Seles

One of the Greatest Female Tennis Players, who have Nine Grand Slams, 53 titles, 595/122 @82.98% win, Prize money $14,891,762. Former Yugoslav World No. 1 professional tennis player and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She won nine Grand Slam singles titles, winning eight of them while a citizen of Yugoslavia and one while a citizen of the United States. You were never sure if Monica Seles was hitting a forehand or a backhand, not that it mattered.

You were sure you were seeing the greatest sensation in her sport. In 1990, at the age of 16, Seles became the youngest-ever French Open champion. She went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles before her 20th birthday and was the year-end World No. 1 in 1991 and 1992. Before the tragic stabbing that kept her out of the sport for two years, Seles was on her way to becoming one of the top players ever in the history of tennis.

8. Venus Williams

One of the Greatest Female Tennis Players, who has 7 Grand Slams, 46 titles, 675–180 (78.95%) win career Prize money of $31,007,596. American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 20 in singles as of March 4, 2013. She held the World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on three separate occasions.

If not for her sister, Venus would doubtlessly have another handful of Grand Slams. As it is, she's been sort of a one-trick pony: five of her seven Slams have come at Wimbledon and the other two were at the U.S. Open. That's not too bad of a trick to have.

7. Margaret Court

Margaret-Court
Margaret-Court

One of the Greatest Female Tennis Players, who has 24 Grand Slams, 92 titles, 91% win Prize Money Over $200,000. The best Australian female tennis player of all time, Nicknamed ‘The Aussie Amazon,’ her weight, circuit, and cardio training gave her a physical advantage and ensured her stokes and serve were the most powerful of her time. It is because of Court that female players began to take physical training seriously. She has collected more Grand Slam singles titles than anyone, securing twenty-four majors from 1960 to 1973, also has the highest ever career match-winning percentage at 91.74%.

All this despite giving birth to three of her four children during her career. Part of the reason for her success, longevity, and ability to bounce back after childbirth breaks were her commitment to fitness training, something that wasn’t viewed as particularly important in the women’s game in the 1960s.

6. Maria Sharapova

One of the Greatest Female Tennis Players, who has 5 Grand Slams, 36 WTA titles, 639–163 (79.68%) win Prize money of $38,342,119. No need to justify the score here. Sharapova has almost done it all in tennis, with her accomplishments being surpassed by a select few. Five Grand Slam titles and a win-loss record of 592–142 since she turned pro in 2001 at the age of 14.

She is a Russian professional tennis player who spent a total of 21 weeks as World No. 1 for WTA. Sharapova has set a series of records and is one of the most favorites among the sports brands as a marketable athlete. She is also noted off the court as one of the most beautiful, stylish, and successful athletes.

5. Chris Evert

Chris Evert One Of Greatest Female Tennis Players
Chris Evert One of Greatest Female Tennis Players

One of the Greatest Female Tennis Players, who has 18 Grand Slams, 157 titles, 1309–145 (90.05%) win Prize money of $8,895,195. A powerful baseline player, Chris Evert was the undisputed female star of the 1970s. In the latter half of the 70s, she dominated the women’s game, and in her career amassed an amazing 90% match wins. Her two-handed backhand was legendary and opponents soon knew not to attempt to come to the net for fear of being passed time and time again. In fifty-six career Grand Slam tournament appearances, she missed the semifinal cut only four times.

In nineteen consecutive U.S. Open appearances, she never failed to advance to at least the quarterfinals. For thirteen consecutive seasons from 1974 to 1986, she set a record that may never be broken by winning at least one major title every year. She collected a record of seven French Open championships and Evert was the Queen of clay and can claim 125 consecutive matches on the surface, with a loss of only seven sets, a record which is yet to be beaten by any player in the world. No woman in history has played the game better for longer than Evert.

4. Billie Jean King

One of the Greatest Female Tennis Players, who has 12 Grand Slams, 84 titles 695–155 (81.76%) win Prize money of $1,966,487. If we were ranking the most influential tennis players ever, King would be a clear No. 1 and she'd be up there on a list of all athletes as well. Her pioneering efforts in gender equality and her win over Bobby Riggs in 1973's Battle of the Sexes often make people forget that she was a 12-time Slam winner.

She won six Wimbledon singles championships and twelve majors altogether, joining the career Grand Slam club. A brilliant volleyer, she controlled points with an intelligent attacking style and a powerful personality. Had she not been driven by a multitude of causes, she might have added even more luster to her record.

3. Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova One Of Best Female Tennis Player Ever
Martina Navratilova one of best female tennis player ever

One of the Greatest Female Tennis Players, who has 18 Grand Slams, 167 WTA titles 1,442–219 (86.8%) win Prize money of $21,626,089. No woman player has had a more complete game. A magnificent athlete, and The fittest player on the tour in her time, her honed physique and incredible conditioning, she was virtually unbeatable for five years in her prime. From 1982-86, she lost only fourteen matches.

She secured a record nine Wimbledon singles championships, 1,442 wins, 167 titles, a 74-match win streak, playing in 23 consecutive singles finals, 18 singles titles at Grand Slams, 59 total titles at the Slams, nine victories at Wimbledon. Even as a 53-year-old breast cancer survivor, Martina could probably hold her own on tour today. A true champion deserves the No.2 spot in the all-time list.

2. Steffi Graf

One of the Greatest Female Tennis Players, who has 22 Grand Slams, 107 titles, 900–115 (88.67%) win Prize money of $21,895,277. Steffi Graf is the Greatest Female Tennis Player of all Time, Nobody can deny This Universal Truth, Although Margaret Court won more majors, Graf is the only player (male or female) to win every Grand Slam event at least four times in singles. Her incomparable forehand, her extraordinary coordination, and an unmatched zest for competition lifted Graf to her preeminent level.

Graf broke quite a few records many of which are still unbeaten to this day, including the record for the highest number of weeks with a number one ranking (an incredible 377 weeks), at one stage staying at the top spot for 186 consecutive weeks. the greatest player of all time by numerous publications and polls. it is her ability to triumph on all surfaces. Whereas other players had their favorite surfaces, for example, Margaret Court was a hard court specialist and Martina Navratilova always excelled on the grass court, Steffi Graf was a true all-rounder of all time, regardless of surface.

1. Serena Williams

Serena Williams, Best Female Tennis Player Ever
Serena Williams, best female tennis player ever

The all-time Greatest Female Tennis Players, who has 21 Grand Slams, 72 WTA titles, 801–136 (85.49%) win Prize money of $88,233,301. Serena Williams currently holds rank No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. Williams holds the most Major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst active players, male or female. A prodigious athlete universally admired for her unshakable drive and immense, mental strength, and continued longevity. As one of the world’s top female players, Serena Williams is undoubtedly up there with the best of all time.

All she has lacked is consistency, but who knows precisely what is in store for Serena in the years ahead? The younger Williams sister may be closer to the top of this list when her career ends, but as of now she doesn't have the resume to compare with the four players, Serena at her peak may have been the greatest who ever stepped onto the court. But this exercise was to rank the greatest careers, not who had the most talent.

So, what are your thoughts about the list of Greatest Female Tennis Players; do share with us in the comments section below.

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  1. Christopher Nowak
    Christopher Nowak September 6, 2019 15:03

    You left out BIANCA ANDREESCU.
    She has not played SERENA WILLIAMS yet at the US OPEN but if she wins, BIANCA should be considered to be the best female tennis player of all time.
    I may be biased because I am Canadian.

    1. Jean
      Jean May 26, 2020 15:15

      I'm speechless

  2. Christopher Nowak
    Christopher Nowak September 8, 2019 08:30

    The new number 1 female tennis player of all time is SHE THE NORTH (and we all know who that is).

    1. Bill Roubanis
      Bill roubanis February 26, 2020 19:11

      Serena is the greatest overall, no doubt, BUT with an asterisk.
      Usually, speculating about what could have been is useless, but not in this case. Those who know tennis KNOW that this is not a guess:
      The greatest, most unbeateble player of all time, BY FAR, was the great Monica Seles.
      It Iis an injustice for people to not know that, for it rewards the sickness of the man who stabbed her exactly for that reason: To make us forget about her.
      Do not forget.
      Monica Seles, was easily the greatest of all time. She won nearly every Grand Slam she entered from age 17 until she was stabbed for never losing, at age 19.
      Monica Seles, you are the greatest player of all time. Period.
      We remember.

  3. Christopher Nowak
    Christopher Nowak October 1, 2019 14:51

    If you had a top 10 list for the HOTTEST female tennis players, you would have to include JULIA GOERGES ( or should I say JULIA GORGEOUS).

    1. Peter
      Peter May 16, 2020 19:35

      Steffi Graf had little competition once Monica Seles was stabbed. I put Seles ahead of Graf. What a joke your list is! Margaret Court is the best and should always be put ahead of Steffi Graf.

    2. Tom
      Tom May 16, 2020 19:38

      Julia Georges, Christopher, is not that hot. Give me Cici Bellis, Katie Boulter and Eugenie Bouchard in the looks department over her every day of the week.

    3. Selesmania
      Selesmania October 16, 2020 02:01

      Completely agree with Bill Roubanis, except the asterisk part. The asterisk is on Steffi Graf, who unfortunately for Seles, cashed in by winning Grand Slam singles tournaments after the Seles stabbing. Many of those Grand Slam titles won by Graf after the Seles stabbing would have been won by Seles, had Seles not been stabbed. It's just not fair. Congratulations Monica Seles on a magnificent tennis career. Carn The Mighty Monica Seles, an absolutely brilliant tennis player.

  4. Christopher Nowak
    Christopher Nowak October 5, 2019 14:37

    Sorry folks.
    Bianca Andreescu has just last a close match to Naomi Osaka.
    She should still be a force to be reckoned with over the next 10-15 years!

  5. Josephine F
    Josephine f November 27, 2019 04:55

    Maria Sharapova?? What about Justine Henin? bad list. Made by a tennis person?

    1. Harry
      Harry August 22, 2020 13:08

      Jean, do some research! Maria Sharapova is one of only ten female players to have won a Grand Slam singles title on every surface. She played in an era dominated by Serena Williams. Sharapova was a champion and a brilliant tennis player. She beat Serena Williams as a 17 year old at Wimbledon when Serena was at her peak.

  6. I Nieuwoudt
    I Nieuwoudt February 17, 2020 10:25

    Who is the present time coach for Garbine Muguruza?

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 17, 2020 23:55

      Conchita Martnez is currently coaching her.

  7. Ray
    Ray February 29, 2020 18:05

    You need to learn the difference between grand slam And grand slam EVENTS

    There is a big difference!

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das March 1, 2020 00:05

      And we meant exactly what we have written in the points of Steffi Graf.
      Thanks for your visit, mate!

  8. Elroy
    Elroy April 13, 2020 12:11

    We all know when serena plays well she is undefeated no doubt about that the rest is history.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 14, 2020 01:06

      She is, I totally agree with you.
      And, thanks for visiting our sports blog! Don't forget to share it with your friends.

    2. George Jetson
      George Jetson November 3, 2020 23:35

      Elroy, look at the tennis history books! We know that when Margaret Court played well, she was undefeated and did it many more times and more consistently than Serena Williams.

  9. John
    John May 16, 2020 19:30

    Margaret Court is the greatest female tennis player of all time with 24 Grand Slam singles titles, 19 Grand Slam womens doubles titles and 21 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles for a total of 64 Grand Slam titles. The next greatest female tennis player of all time is Martina Navratilova with 59 Grand Slam titles. Monica Seles could have had the greatest number of Grand Slam singles titles if she had not been stabbed. Seles was beating Graf regularly at the time and Seles has 8 Grand Slam singles titles at only 19 years of age. Then Seles won another Grand Slam singles title later on, after a remarkable comeback.

    1. Jean
      Jean May 26, 2020 15:24

      DIFFERENT ERA. UNFAIR COMPARISON. Tennis has changed so much over the years. In those early days women weren't hitting as hard among other things. Today it's a dog fight? LOL Smackdown city!!!

    2. Tom
      Tom August 22, 2020 13:03

      Jean, it’s true you can’t compare different eras but it’s still a brilliant achievement by Margaret Court.

    3. John
      John August 22, 2020 13:21

      Jean, if you think it’s an unfair comparison, well you should say there should not be a greatest female tennis player of all time list at all. That’s
      because this list compares all the greatest female tennis players.

  10. Joseph
    Joseph May 16, 2020 20:08

    Yes, Josephine, Maria Sharapova deserves to be on the list of one of the greatest female tennis players ever, because she is one of the few female players who won every Grand Slam singles title. She won Wimbledon once on grass, the French Open twice on clay, the Australian Open once on hardcourt, and the US Open once on hardcourt. Maria Sharapova is a true champion and one of the greatest female tennis players of all time.

  11. John
    John May 17, 2020 04:58

    Margaret Court with 64 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles is the greatest female tennis player of all time.

    1. Pete Fumberger
      Pete Fumberger June 21, 2020 22:09

      Love how people talk about different eras, and how this is supposed to be THE criterion on how to judge the greatest.
      Could Margaret Court beat Williams? Not in a New York minute as they say. But that is irrelevant. It's like comparing Bobby Skilton against the football players of today. He wouldn't have a prayer, playing against blokes who are probably a foot taller, but faster, stronger, fitter.
      But he was a champion in his day, and deservedly merits the term champion.
      Different times, different equipment, does not change the facts of it all, and that is that Margaret Court won 24 singles titles, which should be the only criterion as to who is the greatest. Not to mention the other 40 majors.
      For mine, even if Williams does win 2 more singles majors, she still won't be the greatest, simply because of the number of overall majors Mrs Court won in all disciplines.
      Who knows, if she didn't play doubles or mixed, she might have won 40 majors, being less tired from playing fewer games, thus being fitter and stronger. But that is just conjecture.

    2. Tennis Analyst
      Tennis Analyst October 1, 2020 01:09

      Pete Fumberger, I agree with everything you have written except the part where you wrote that Margaret Court wouldn’t beat Serena Williams. I strongly disagree. In the wooden racquet era, Margaret Court would definitely have beaten Serena Williams, as Serena would not have been able to handle the wooden racquet, which deprives her of power, which is Serena’s strength. You like to make an AFL football comparison. I like to make a Table Tennis comparison, where it’s asking the best Table Tennis player of today to use a 1950s to early 1970s pimples bat, with no power, instead of using their current powerful sponge bat, which provides both power and spin. That current best Table Tennis player would not cope that well using an inferior Table Tennis bat from more than 50 years ago.
      However, if Margaret Court used the same powerful tennis racquet at her peak that Serena Williams uses currently, Margaret would still have adapted very well and put the ball into places on the tennis court that Serena would not have enjoyed, and Margaret would have still found a way to come to the net and put away volleys, which was her strength. Don’t forget that Margaret Court was very fit and quite strong herself.

  12. John
    John September 28, 2020 03:56

    Evonne Goolagong Cawley, with 7 Grand Slam singles titles, must be put above Martina Hingis, who only won 5 Grand Slam singles titles. The same applies to Justine Henin, who also won 7 Grand Slam singles titles. Henin must be put above Hingis.

  13. Mikey
    Mikey October 11, 2020 00:21

    Only here to say Serena is the best ever, Everyone else is a joke to her!

    1. Tennis Expert
      Tennis Expert October 12, 2020 03:45

      Mikey,

      Margaret Court has won 24 Grand Slam singles titles, 19 Grand Slam doubles titles and 21 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, for a Grand Total of
      64 Grand Slam titles.

      Serena Williams has 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 14 Grand Slam doubles titles and 2 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles for a Grand Total of 39 Grand Slam titles.

      Mikey, don’t forget it’s taken Serena Williams 8 years longer to try to get to 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Serena Williams won her 1st Grand Slam singles title in 1999 and 21 years later, she is yet to get to 24.

      Margaret Court won her 1st Grand Slam singles title in 1960 and her 24th Grand Slam singles title in 1973, a 13 year period.

      Grand Slam statistics do not lie. I would take Margaret Court’s Grand Slam Record over Serena Williams every day of the week!

      Margaret Court is the greatest female tennis player of all time!

      Mikey, that is no joke!

    2. Helen
      Helen October 12, 2020 03:49

      Mikey, Margaret Court was strong! She was invincible! She was the greatest tennis player for a woman!

    3. Defending Margaret Court As The Greatest
      Defending Margaret Court as the greatest October 12, 2020 03:55

      Mikey, what evidence do you have to substantiate your theory?

    4. The Joker
      The Joker October 27, 2020 22:23

      Mikey, it’s a joke to say Serena is the best ever because Margaret Court is the greatest tennis player of all time!

    5. Mohn JcEnroe
      Mohn JcEnroe November 3, 2020 21:49

      Mikey, You Cannot Be Serious! Margaret Court with 64 Grand Slam Titles is The Greatest Female Tennis Player of all Time! Margaret Court is the Greatest!

  14. Rex
    Rex January 10, 2021 23:06

    I’m sorry but Serena would struggle to make my top 5! I think Steffi is getting a bad rap she was tremendous like a thoroughbred out there! Monica was beating her but it wasn’t 6-0,6-0 or anything they were great matches! I personally think Martina Navratilova was the best as she bridged the gap from Margaret Court , Bile Jean King and Chris Everett all the way to Steffi Graff and Monica Seles who I think are the next five best ever! Nobody played against more talent and yet she won all of those titles! Plus I’ve seen all of these ladies play live and if you give them modern equipment or Serena a wooden racket Serena gets owned hands down! Serena would not have won a single grand slam title if she played in the 70’s and 80’s! Seles had such an amazing run at the beginning of her career what a shame that a deranged jerk took away the chance for us to see where she could go! Seles had the best three years in history easily so for a three year span she is the best but I can’t put 3 years ahead of twenty something years of consistency so Navratilova gets the nod but Seles was tremendous! IMHO 1 Navratilova, 2 Graf, 3 Court, 4 Seles and 5 Everett.

    1. Tennis Analyst
      Tennis Analyst January 11, 2021 09:24

      My top 5 is 1 Court, 2 Seles, 3 Navratilova 4 S Williams, 5 Graf. Seles was on target to at least be number 2 on Grand Slam singles titles won and in a much shorter timeframe than Serena Williams. Seles would have won more Grand Slam singles titles than Graf, had she not been stabbed and as mentioned, she was beating Graf regularly in Grand Slam singles finals, regardless of the score. To win 8 Grand Slam singles titles by the age of 19 at the peak of her career was a phenomenal achievement by Seles and she was on target to win more than 20 Grand Slam singles titles before she was stabbed.

      Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam singles in only 13 years, together with her record in Grand Slam singles doubles and mixed doubles, makes her a clear number 1, with 64 Grand Slam titles overall.

      Graf is only Number 5 for me because she didn’t have a great backhand or net game. She would have finished with less than 18 Grand Slam singles titles, instead of 22, had Seles not been stabbed.


    2. George McFly From Back To The Future
      George McFly from Back To The Future January 16, 2021 00:30

      Rex, if she had been born in 1950, Serena Williams would have still won several Grand Slam singles in the 1970s and 1980s because tennis racquets were becoming more powerful back then. Serena would have hit both Navratilova and Evert off the court.
      If Serena Williams had been born in 1930, she would probably not have won any Grand Slam singles titles in the 1950s and 1969s using a wooden racquet.
      If Serena had been born in 1970, she would have been too powerful for Steffi Graf. However, Serena would have had great trouble beating Seles if they both started in the same year because Seles was hitting the ball harder than anyone else at the time and also assuming that Seles would never got stabbed later on as well.
      Serena would have kept hitting Hingis off the court too, had Hingis not retired early.
      I agree with the Tennis Analyst’s rankings, except I would put Evert ahead of Graf. Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and Graf won 22. However, I strongly believe that Graf would have won less than 18 Grand Slam singles titles, if her main competiton in Seles, had not been stabbed and Evert had to play against strong opposition in Navratilova her whole career. I would also put Serena Williams at 3 and Navratilova at 4.
      I strongly disagree with Rex that Navratilova had the toughest competition. That’s because Margaret Court was 14 years older than Navratilova and King was 13 years older than Navratilova. Both Court and King were well past their best when Navratilova came on the scene and when Navratilova was at her peak. In fact, Court retired only a few years after Navratilova started as a Tennis professional. Also, Navratilova was 13 years older than Graf, so once again, Graf was hardly a rival of Navratilova. Navratilova’s main competition was Chris Evert as they were a similar age and Evonne Goolagong Cawley at the start of Navratilova’s career.
      Serena Williams had much stronger competition than Navratilova because Serena has had to contend with Martina Hingis and Jennifer Capriati at the start of her career, Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters to name a few. Those players are all much closer in age to Serena than Navratilova’s competition was to Navratilova.

    3. Jeremy
      Jeremy January 16, 2021 06:51

      I completely agree with George McFly.
      Rex, Serena Williams has played for more than twenty years as a tennis professional, like Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams has won a massive 5 more Grand Slam singles titles than Navratilova, 23 to 18. Serena has had tougher competition than Navratilova over her whole career with several top players much closer to her in age than Navratilova. Rex, don’t forget that Martina Navratilova was 17 years older than Monica Seles, so Seles was hardly a rival for Navratilova.
      I also agree with George McFly’s top 5 overall all time greatest female tennis player rankings of 1) Margaret Court, 2) Monica Seles, 3) Serena Williams, 4) Martina Navratilova and 5) Chris Evert in that order.

  15. Crock Of
    Crock of February 15, 2021 06:21

    Maria Sharapova better than Margaret Court 24 grand slam titles - goes to show how man knob brains are voting here lol

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