10 greatest female tennis players of all time ranked

10 greatest female tennis players of all time ranked


Serena WilliamsSteffi Graf and Monica Seles are some of the greatest female tennis players of all time, but who is deemed the greatest of the lot?

All three have been at the top of the game for a number of years when playing, with Williams still competing with the best.

How They Play have compiled a list of their top 10 female tennis players of all time, let’s see who they picked and how they’ve been ranked…

10. Martina Hingis and Evonne Goolagong

10 greatest female tennis players of all time ranked
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 03: Martina Hingis of Switzerland celebrates victory during the Mixed Doubles final match against Sania Mirza of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia on thirteen day of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The pair have ended up joint on the list for 10th place, with Hingis retiring with five Grand Slam wins in 2017 after a career spanning over two decades, winning a total of 45 titles in the process.

Evonne Goolagong is often forgotten about, but she amassed 68 career titles including seven Grand Slams, however the US Open eluded her.

9. Justine Henin

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30: Justine Henin of Belgium celebrates winning a point in her women’s final match against Serena Williams of the United States of America during thirteen day of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Justine Henin was always seen as a powerful player, earning over $20 million during her career, however she couldn’t achieve success at the famous Wimbledon. She did however reach world number one in 2003.

8. Venus Williams

MASON, OHIO – AUGUST 15: Venus Williams celebrates breaking Donna Vekic of Croatia in the second set during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

One half of the famous Williams sisters, Venus has been in her sister’s shadow for her career. Despite that, she has been one of the best, she has seven Grand Slam titles which could’ve been so much more had it not been for Serena. She managed to usurp her sister and become world number one in 2002.

7. Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 17: Tennis legend Billie Jean King greets public next to the Single’s trophy name after her during Day 8 of 2021 Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara at Centro Panamericano de Tenis on November 17, 2021 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images for WTA,)

The prolific Californian won 129 titles which included 12 Grand Slams, half of those coming at Wimbledon. Billie Jean King dominated women’s tennis for the best part of a decade.

6. Monica Seles

27 Jan 1996: Monica Seles of the USA celebrates with the Australian Open trophy after defeating Anke Huber of Germany to win the final of the Ford Australian Open 1996 at Flinders Park in Melbourne, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole/Allsport

Monica Seles’ career was impacted when she was tragically stabbed on court as a fan ran on in 1993. She was never the same after the injury, but she still managed to win an impressive nine Grand Slam titles.

5. Chris Evert

Chris Evert Lloyd from the United States plays a double handed return shot against compatriot Martina Navratilova during their Women’s Singles Final match on Center Court at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 7th July 1984 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, England. Chris Evert Lloyd won the match and championship 7 – 6, 6 – 2. (Photo by Trevor Jones/Allsport/Getty Images)

There’s no doubting Chris Evert’s place on this list, she won 18 Grand Slams from reaching a record 34 finals. She also won every major at least twice to show us just how good she was.

4. Margaret Court

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Margaret Court

Margaret Court is deemed as the greatest women’s player of all time with a record 24 Grand Slams and 192 career titles, which includes 19 doubles and 19 mixed doubles triumphs.

3. Martina Navratilova

Jul 1990: Martina Navratilova of the USA holds up the winners” plate after winning the Wimbledon Championships played at Wimbledon, London, England. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

She holds the record for career titles in the Open Era with 167 and has 59 Grand Slam titles in total, which includes 18 singles crowns. She famously brought the big serve and volley back to the women’s game.

2. Steffi Graf

6 Jun 1999: Steffi Graf of Germany poses with the trophy during a portrait shoot, one day after winning women’s singles final of the French Open Tennis at Roland Garros in Paris, France.

Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam titles were evenly spread out across all surfaces, with four coming in Australia, six in France, seven in England and five in America. She amassed 107 career titles but just misses out on the top spot in this list.

1. Serena Williams

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 28: Serena Williams waves to the crowd as she leaves the court with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy after winning the Women’s Singles Final against Venus Williams of the United States on day 13 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28 , 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Serena Williams is in most people’s books the greatest woman to ever grace the court, winning 23 Grand Slam titles and earning just short of $100 million in prize money. Her major wins have spanned the best time of two decades, proving how she’s stood the test of time.

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