The 5 Greatest Female Tennis Players of All Time  


1. Serena Williams


Born: September 26, 1981

Born in Saginaw, Michigan

Resides: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Turned pro: 1995

Career prize money: $94,518,971

73 career titles

23 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 7 Australian, 3 French, 7 Wimbledon, 6 US Open

Current active player


Serena Williams has left her mark on tennis as one of the strongest and most powerful women to ever play the sport. Since the late 1990s, Serena and her sister, Venus, have been a strong force in women’s tennis. They’ve won 14 Grand Slam Doubles titles together. Serena Williams now holds the Open Era record for Grand Slam singles titles by a tennis player, male or female, with 23 titles, including the 2017 Australian Open.


Serena’s game has endured the test of time and competition admirably. Her 18 Grand Slam titles began in 1999 and ended in 2017, with her most recent victory being at the 2017 Australian Open.


2. Steffi Graf


Born: June 14, 1969

Born in Mannheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, West Germany

Resides: Las Vegas, Nevada

Turned pro: 1982

Retired: 1999

Career prize money: $21,891,306

107 career titles

22 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 4 Australian, 6 French, 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 2004


Graff was a picture of consistency during her 17-year career, winning on all surfaces. Her 377 weeks as the world’s number one player is a world record for any player, male or female. Graff achieved what is known as the calendar year Golden Slam in 1988, winning all four majors as well as the Olympic Gold Medal in the same year, a remarkable feat.

Graf was the best from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, and when she retired in 1999, she was still ranked number three in the world. Graf would be considered the greatest of all time if it weren’t for Serena Williams’ long and illustrious career.


3. Martina Navratilova


Born: October 18, 1956

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Resides: Sarasota, Florida

Turned pro: 1975

Retired: 1994

Career prize money: $21,626,089

167 career titles

18 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 3 Australian, 2 French, 9 Wimbledon, 4 US Open

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 2000


Martina Navratilova was one of the fiercest rivals to ever grace the court, dominating women’s tennis from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Martina, who was known for her excellent physical conditioning, returned the big serve and volley to the women’s game.

She has a total of 59 Grand Slam titles, including singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, and holds the Open Era record most career titles with 167. Martina also holds the record for most Wimbledon Championships won in a career, at nine.


4. Margaret Court


Born: July 16, 1942

Born in Albury, New South Wales, Australia

Resides: Perth, Western Australia

Turned pro: 1960

Retired: 1977

Career prize money approximately: $500,000

192 career titles

24 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 11 Australian, 5 French, 3 Wimbledon, 5 US Open

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1979


Margaret Court is often regarded as the greatest player of all time by many analysts. It’s difficult to argue with a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Court has a total of 62 Major trophies, including 19 doubles titles and 19 mixed doubles titles.

She was the first woman to win a Grand Slam in singles in the Open Era in 1970, and she is one of only two women (the other being Daniela Hantuchova) to have won a Grand Slam in mixed doubles twice.


5. Chris Evert


Born: December 21, 1954

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Resides: Boca Raton, Florida

Turned pro: 1972

Retired: 1989

Career prize money: $8,895,195

157 career titles

18 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 Australian, 7 French, 3 Wimbledon, 6 US Open

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1995


Is there a player on the court that is more graceful than Chris Evert? From the baseline, she was unstoppable, and her two-handed backhand shot dominated women’s tennis from the mid-1970s until the early 1980s. With 34 Grand Slam singles final appearances, Evert still maintains the record for most Grand Slam singles final appearances, winning 18 of them, including every major at least twice. Fans were treated to a terrific on-court battle when Martina Navratilova arrived in the late 1970s. For seven years, Evert was the world’s number one player at the end of the year, with a career winning percentage in singles matches of over 90%.