Men’s tennis has always been in the forefront, but it cannot be denied that women have taken their share of the spoils. Women’s tennis was introduced quite a long time ago, and their game has been viewed as graceful on the tennis courts. Over the time a number of women have made their mark within the sport, but some have managed to stand apart from the rest and have carved a niche for themselves. These are the top women’s tennis players of all time who have left an indelible mark on the game and continue to do so even today. Let us now consider the top women’s tennis players of all time.
To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible. You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost. Chris Evert
During the late 50s through the early 70s Margaret Court was the dominant player of the era and won 24 grand slam titles. She also won the true grand slam in 1970 by winning all the four major titles in a single year and also included the doubles and the mixed doubles titles two times. This Australian player has been acknowledged as being the first women’s tennis player who adopted a regimen of physical fitness.
Coming from Australia Evonne was considered as one of the most graceful of all women’s tennis players. She could get surprising power into her shots even as she appeared to float across the court. She held her own with seven grand slam titles and continued playing during the era of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. She has a Wimbledon title to her credit after the birth of her daughter in 1977. She wasn’t successful at the U.S. Open but made it to the finals from 1973 until 1976.
The Belgian Justin Henin had a small build but could generate tremendous power in a game which was commanding. She had a powerful single handed backhand which surprised her opponents. Despite winning seven grand slam titles, she could never find success at Wimbledon. Justin could give any woman a tough time on the courts despite her small frame.
Venus Williams is the older sister of Serena and has recently set an example by making it to the Australian open final earlier this year where she was beaten by her sister. She has seven grand slam titles to her credit, and her game always dominated her opponents with her big serve and breathtaking ground strokes. She would definitely have won more titles had it not been for her sister. At 36 years of age, Venus is affected by an energy sapping condition and numerous injuries, but she has won five Wimbledon titles and in the best of health may have been one of the best grass court players of all time. She has also won two U.S. Open titles.
Chris Evert was the all-American girl who battled from the baseline and was a tough as nail’s competitor. Chris won 18 grand slam titles on surfaces of different types. Her speed and uncanny court sense helped her to develop into a serve and volley player and prove to be a worthy competitor for Martina Navratilova.
Billie Jean King
With 12 grand slam titles to her credit Billie Jean King could undoubtedly be called one of the top women’s tennis players of all time. She was a player who was forever changing and wasn’t scared to serve and volley. She has six Wimbledon titles from 1966 to 1975 to her credit and most importantly she was willing to stand up to women’s rights within the world of sports and particularly became an influential figure to ensure women were paid equally as men.
Martina who was a native of Czechoslovakia took plenty of criticism for being out of shape during the early part of her career. She began taking an active interest in physical conditioning, which allowed her to overpower every player and give her an opportunity to win 18 grand slam titles within the single’s category and 31 slam titles as a double’s player.
Consistency and domination were a hallmark of Steffi Graf regardless of the surfaces she was playing and her 22 grand slam titles are evidence of this fact. She has won all four major titles in 1988 achieving the feat of a true grand slam. The German native has spent 377 weeks as the number-one player which is a record.
Serena has the strongest serve within the history of women’s tennis and when her serve is combined with her power game and determination, you have one of the most dominant women’s tennis player ever. She has 23 grand slam titles within the open era and has overtaken Steffi Graf for the most titles of all time. She is presently the top women’s tennis player of all time and is ranked number one within the ATP rankings.
If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration. Serena Williams
Looking at the top women’s tennis players of all time mentioned in this list one would get a feeling, we may have overlooked some names. The incident is, however, not deliberate, and we are certain more women’s tennis players will join the list of top women’s tennis players of all time during the days to follow.