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Who is the Greatest Female Tennis Player

Steffi Graf

Turned pro 18 October 1982
Retired 13 August 1999 (17 Years)

Career record 900–115 (88.67%)
Career titles 107

Olympic Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul

Tour Finals W (1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996)

Grand Slam Singles results (22)
Australian Open W (1988, 1989, 1990, 1994)
French Open W (1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999)
Wimbledon W (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996)
US Open W (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996)

Graf was ranked world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) for a record 377 total weeks—the longest period for which any player, male or female, has held the number-one ranking

She and Margaret Court are the only players, male or female, to win three Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year five times (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).



Serena Williams

October 1995 - 2018* 23* years

Career record 801–136 (85.49%)
Career titles 72

Olympic Gold medal – first place 2012 London

Tour Finals W (2001, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Grand Slam Singles results (23)
Australian Open W (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
French Open W (2002, 2013, 2015)
Wimbledon W (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
US Open W (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

No. 1 for 319 weeks




Margaret Court

Turned pro 1960
Retired 1977 (17 Years)

Career titles 192 (92 during the open era)

Tour Finals W (1973, 1975)

Grand Slam Singles results (24)
Australian Open W (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973)
French Open W (1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973)
Wimbledon W (1963, 1965, 1970)
US Open W (1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973)

In 1970, Court became the first woman during the Open era (and the second woman in history) to win the singles Grand Slam (all four major tournaments in the same calendar year). She won 24 of those titles (11 in the Open era), a record that still stands

Her open era singles career winning percentage of 91.37% (593–56) is unequalled, as is her Open Era winning percentage of 91.7% (11–1) in Grand Slam finals.[2] Her win-loss performance in all Grand Slam singles tournaments was 90.12% (210–23). She was 95.31% (61–3) at the Australian Open, 90.38% (47–5) at the French Open, 85.10% (51–9) at Wimbledon and 89.47% (51–6) at the US Open. She also shares the open era record for most Grand Slam singles titles as a mother with Kim Clijsters.



Martina Navratilova

Turned pro 1975
Retired 2006 (31 Years)

Career record 1,442–219 (86.8%)
Career titles 167 WTA,

Tour Finals W (1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986Mar, 1986Nov)

Grand Slam Singles results (18)
Australian Open W (1981, 1983, 1985)
French Open W (1982, 1984)
Wimbledon W (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990)
US Open W (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987)

Navratilova was world No. 1 for a total of 332 weeks

Navratilova holds the records for most singles (167) and doubles titles (177) in the Open Era. Her record as No. 1 in singles (1982–86) remains the most dominant in professional tennis to date. Over five consecutive seasons, she won 428 out of 442 singles matches, averaging fewer than three losses per year to 87 wins, for a sustained winning percentage of 96.8%. She holds the best season win-loss record in the open era, 86-1 (98.9%) in 1983, and four out of the top six open era seasons. She recorded the longest winning streak in the open era (74 consecutive matches) as well as three out of the six longest winning streaks in history.




Chris Evert

Turned pro 1972
Retired September 5, 1989 (17 Years)

Career record 1309–146 (89.97%)
Career titles 157

Tour Finals W (1972, 1973, 1975, 1977)

Grand Slam Singles results (18)
Australian Open W (1982, 1984)
French Open W (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986)
Wimbledon W (1974, 1976, 1981)
US Open W (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982)

She was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981.

Evert reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals, more than any other player in the history of professional tennis.

Evert's career winning percentage in singles matches of 89.97% (1309–146) is the highest in the history of Open Era tennis, for men or women. On clay courts, her career winning percentage in singles matches of 94.55% (382–22) remains a WTA record.



Vote 5* for Steffi
Vote 4* for Margret
Vote 3* for Martina
Vote 2* for Chris
Vote 1* for Serena

posted on 16/9/18

All fabulous players. Williams physically is the greatest but, for me, Navratilova has to be considered the greatest for longevity and time at the top of her game. Also in a time and circumstances that were much more complicated than now.

posted on 16/9/18

comment by Eric_Draven (U20260)
posted 1 minute ago
All fabulous players. Williams physically is the greatest but, for me, Navratilova has to be considered the greatest for longevity and time at the top of her game. Also in a time and circumstances that were much more complicated than now.
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Navratilova also had Evert and Graf at either ends off her career to compete with, other greats

The numbers don't lie as well. All of those players had better win records and many more titles than Serena.

posted on 16/9/18

All but the meltdown artist

posted on 17/9/18

Graf, no question.

posted on 4/10/18

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posted on 12/10/18

Question has been asked and answered a lot of times.

Serena. Indisputably.

posted on 15/10/18

Serena Williams no doubt by a mile is the best female player of all time to have played tennis!

posted on 11/11/18

First five comments are correct. Also would like to add Serena hasn't had to compete with any other female great. Been a poor generation for women's tennis.

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