The Top 10 Greatest Women's Tennis Players of All Time

Updated on February 9, 2020
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I have had a lifelong passion for the game of tennis from my days as a competitive youth player to now following the world's top players.

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Selecting the top ten of anything can be a difficult and subjective task. There have been so many great women players over the last 50 years of the Open Era, and this doesn't even take into consideration the great players from the early 20th century. Changes in fitness regimes, nutrition, and racket technology over the years have only served to complicate an already difficult task. As difficult as it was to choose the top ten all-time greatest male tennis players, the women's top ten proved no easier.

After pouring through countless statistical records and my own personal memory banks, I have come up with a list of the best female tennis players during the Open Era of tennis—from 1968 to the present. I have actually included eleven players here, with two greats tied for the tenth position. Here they are.

Martina Hingis
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10. Martina Hingis

  • Born September 30, 1980
  • Born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia
  • Resides in Fuesisberg, Switzerland
  • Turned Pro: 1994
  • Retired: 2017
  • Career prize money: $24,749,074
  • 45 career titles
  • 5 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 3 Australian Open, 1 Wimbledon, 1 US Open

With 5 Grand Slam singles titles and 209 weeks ranked number one in the world Martina Hingis makes a strong argument to be ranked in the top 10 all-time. Factor in her 13 Grand Slam Doubles titles, 7 Mixed Doubles titles, and her 2 Tour Finals titles and it’s hard to exclude the Swiss star. Her singles career was relatively short due to injuries and her first retirement came in 2003 at just 22 years of age. Certainly had she remained healthy she would have contended for many more Grand Slam singles titles. Martina was able to extend her tennis career by playing mostly doubles and had great sucess with 3 Grand Slam Doubles titles in 2017, her final year in competitive tennis.

Evonne Goolagong
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10. Evonne Goolagong

  • Born: July 31, 1951
  • Born in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia
  • Resides: Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia
  • Turned pro: 1968
  • Retired: 1983
  • Career prize money: $1,399,431
  • 68 career titles
  • 7 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 4 Australian, 1 French, 2 Wimbledon
  • Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1988

Often overlooked because she played during the Chris Everett and Martina Navratilova era, Goolagong was the epitome of grace and beauty on the court. Despite playing during one of the most competitive periods in women’s tennis, Goolagong was still able to win seven Grand Slam titles and in 1976 was ranked number one in the world.

She has the distinction of being the only mother since before World War I to have won Wimbledon, having won the title in 1980 after giving birth to her daughter in 1977.

The only Grand Slam title to elude her was the US Open, where she reached the finals in four consecutive years, 1973-1976.

Justin Henin
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9. Justine Henin

  • Born: June 1, 1982
  • Born in Liege, Belgium
  • Resides: Brussels, Belgium
  • Turned pro: 1999
  • Retired: 2008, 2011
  • Career prize money: $20,863,335
  • 50 career titles
  • 7 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 Australian, 4 French, 2 US Open

Known for her mental and physical toughness, Justine Henin was one of the most athletic women to ever play the game. Despite her small stature, she packed a powerful punch and played a complete game that included a powerful serve and a forehand shot that she hit with both power and accuracy. Known as one of the best volleyers in the game, Henin was as comfortable at the net as from the baseline.

In 2003, she achieved the number one ranking in the world, having won both the French Open and the US Open. In 2004, Henin won the Gold Medal at the Athens Olympics to go along with her first Australian Open title. She won seven Grand Slam titles in her career but retired abruptly in 2008 citing burnout from over twenty years of competitive tennis. A brief comeback in 2010 was short lived, and she retired for good in early 2011.

Venus Williams
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8. Venus Williams

  • Born: June 17, 1980
  • Born in Lynwood, California
  • Resides: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Turned pro: 1994
  • Career prize money: $41,801,056
  • 49 career titles
  • 7 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 5 Wimbledon, 2 US Open
  • Current active player

If not for having to compete against her sister Serena, Venus Williams may very well have had many more Grand Slam titles to her name. The sisters have gone head-to-head in a Grand Slam final nine times with Serena winning seven of those matches.

While Venus’s career has been fraught with injuries, there is no doubt that in the early 2000s she was the woman to beat on tour. Between 2000 and 2001, Venus captured four of her seven Grand Slam victories. In 2002, she finally attained the number one ranking in the world, a spot she would capture on three separate occasions. Wimbledon has been Venus’s favorite court as she has won five titles there, the last coming in 2008.

Venus is back to playing at a high level after suffering through years of knee and hip problems. She started the 2014 season ranked number 47 in the world, but has climbed back into the top ten, and is currently ranked number 5 in the world following her run to the 2017 Australian Open and Wimbledon final. A win at either of those Grand Slam events would have made for a fitting cap to a long and very successful career.

Billie Jean King's Tennis Gear
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7. Billie Jean King

  • Born: November 22, 1943
  • Born in Long Beach, California
  • Resides: Chicago and New York
  • Turned pro: 1968
  • Retired: 1983
  • Career prize money: $1,966,487
  • 129 career titles
  • 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 Australian, 1 French, 6 Wimbledon, 4 US Open
  • Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1987

Who can forget the weird and wacky battle of the sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973? Not only did King dispose of Mr. Riggs in short order but she also dominated women’s tennis from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.

Her hard-charging aggressive style of play was in sharp contrast to the stately ground game of Chris Evert who came along in 1972 to challenge King as the queen of women’s tennis. Nevertheless, King owned Wimbledon from 1966 to 1975, when she won the title six times.

Monica Seles
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6. Monica Seles

  • Born: December 2, 1973
  • Born in Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Resides: Sarasota, Florida
  • Turned pro: 1989
  • Retired: 2008
  • Career prize money: $14,891,762
  • 53 career titles
  • 9 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 4 Australian, 3 French, 2 US Open
  • Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 2009

Were it not for the unfortunate on-court attack and stabbing by a deranged fan in 1993, Monica Seles would certainly have gone on to win more Grand Slam titles. Her epic battles with Steffi Graf were classics, and we the fans were deprived of some great matches because of one fan's sick obsession.

While Monica did return to tennis two years after the incident, she was never quite the same. To her credit, she did go on to win the 1996 Australian Open, her only post-attack Grand Slam victory. Monica continued to play until 2003 and officially retired in 2008.

There is no doubt that Monica Seles was the most dominant player from 1990 to 1992. During this time, she won seven of her nine Grand Slam Titles and in 1991 was the top-ranked woman in the world.

Chris Evert
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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

Was there ever a player more graceful on the court than Chris Evert? She was a machine from the baseline, and with that two-handed backhand shot, she dominated women’s tennis from the mid-1970s into the early 1980s. Evert still holds the record for reaching the most Grand Slam singles finals with 34, and she managed to win 18 of them including every major at least twice. When Martina Navratilova came along in the late 1970s, it provided fans with a great on-court rivalry. Evert was the year-ending number one player in the world for seven years and had a career winning percentage in singles matches of over 90 percent.

Margaret Court
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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

There are many experts out there who feel that Margaret Court is the best player of all time. With a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, it’s hard to argue. Add in her 19 doubles and 19 mixed doubles titles and Court has a record 62 Major titles to her credit.

She was the first woman in the open era to win the singles Grand Slam in 1970, and she is one of only two women (Daniela Hantuchova being the other) to have won a Grand Slam in mixed doubles, which she did twice. Undoubtedly the best player in the 1960s to early 1970s, Court was the first woman to incorporate weights and fitness training into her routine. The result was a long and injury-free career.

Martina Navratilova
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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

One of the toughest competitors to ever grace the court, Martina Navratilova dominated women’s tennis from the late 1970s through a good portion of the 1980s. Known for her extreme physical conditioning, Martina brought the big serve and volley back to the women’s game.

She holds the open era record for career titles with 167 and has 59 total Grand Slam titles including singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Martina also holds the record for career Wimbledon titles with an amazing nine championships. She will be remembered as one of the greatest doubles players ever, having won 31 Grand Slam Doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles.

Steffi Graf
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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

Able to win on all surfaces, Graff was a model of consistency throughout her 17-year career. Her record 377 weeks ranked as number one in the world is a record for any player, male or female. In 1988, Graff became the first player to achieve what is regarded as the calendar year Golden Slam by winning all four majors plus the Olympic Gold Medal in the same year, a remarkable feat.

From the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, there was no one better than Graf, and when she retired in 1999, she was still ranked number three in the world. Were it not for the long and storied career of Serena Williams the case would be made for Graf as the greatest of all-time. While many will continue to debate Steffi versus Serena as the greatest female player of all-time they were both incredible players who dominated their era and advanced women's tennis.

Serena Williams
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1. Serena Williams

  • Born: September 26, 1981
  • Born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • Resides: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Turned pro: 1995
  • Career prize money: $92,715,122
  • 73 career titles
  • 23 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 7 Australian, 3 French, 7 Wimbledon, 6 US Open
  • Current active player

One of the strongest and most powerful women to ever play the game, Serena Williams has certainly left her mark on tennis. Together, Serena and her sister, Venus, have been a dominant force in women’s tennis since the late 1990s. Together, they have won 14 Grand Slam Doubles titles. With 23 Grand Slam Singles titles including the 2017 Australian Open, Serena now owns the open era record for Grand Slam singles titles by a tennis player, male or female.

Serena’s game has certainly withstood the test of time and competition. Her Grand Slam titles have come over an 18-year period starting in 1999, with her latest victory coming at the 2017 Australian Open. Out of competitive tennis for most of 2017 while pregnant, Serena has now reached 4 Grand Slam finals without securing that coveted 24th title. Certainly making it to the 2018 and 2019 Wimbledon and US Open finals was a step in the right direction and everything points to Serena remaining competitive despite turning 38 in 2019.

I believe the case can now be made to elevate Serena to the greatest female tennis player of all-time. Her high level of play over a very long career combined with her 23-10 record in Grand Slam finals certainly makes the case convincing. No disrespect to Steffi, Martina, and Margaret, but Serena now deserves the distinction as greatest of all-time.

After 6 years and over 35,000 votes it’s time to refresh our list of players.

Who is the greatest women’s tennis player of the Open Era?

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Thank you to everyone for voting over the last 6 years (2013-2018). We are closing this poll in lieu of the newly expanded list of players.

Who do you think is the greatest women's tennis player of all-time?

  • 3% Venus Williams
  • 1% Justine Henin
  • 0% Evonne Goolagong
  • 3% Monica Seles
  • 1% Billie Jean King
  • 52% Serena Williams
  • 5% Margaret Court
  • 2% Chris Evert
  • 7% Martina Navratilova
  • 27% Steffi Graf
35,898 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Questions & Answers

  • Who to date is the youngest grand slam winner?

    The youngest Grand Slam winner to date is Martina Hingis, who was 15 years and nine months old when she won the 1996 Wimbledon Doubles Championship playing with Helena Sukova. She then became the youngest Grand Slam singles champ at 16 years and 117 days old when she won the 1997 Australian Open.

  • Why isn't Margaret Court number one on your list? She still has the best record with 24 Grand Slams and 194 titles.

    Margaret Court was a great player, dominant in her era, but I don't feel that she is the greatest of all-time. Even though she was one of the first players to incorporate fitness training into her regimen, I just feel that there are a few players who should be ranked higher. It's always difficult to compare players from different eras, and certainly, Court is one of the greatest of all-time, but I think the likes of Serena Williams, Steffi Graf and even Martina Navratilova were just as athletic and skilled. I will say that after reviewing her career, I do plan to bump Court up to the number four position ahead of Chris Evert.

  • Why isn't Kim Clijsters on the list of greatest women's tennis players?

    I think Kim Clijsters is more of a top 20 all-time player. No disrespect to her wonderful tennis career, she was a great player, but the top 10 might be a reach.

  • Is Martina Hingis in 11th place?

    I will be updating the list after the U.S. Open and yes, Martina Hingis will be on the list.

  • Who is the only woman tennis player to win 20 titles before the age of 18?

    I believe that would be Martina Hingis.

© 2013 Bill De Giulio

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      Koha Tute'r 

      2 days ago

      Marteena Hingis playing good game. Why she left early?

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      Salem 

      11 days ago

      I loved watching Hingis playing her clever game shots

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      Realist 

      2 weeks ago

      In the end, it won’t matter what anyone says about the greatest female tennis player of all time. There are no awards given out for the greatest female tennis player of all time. You simply cannot compare different eras of tennis. When all these great players have retired, the history books will show who has won the greatest amount of Grand Slam singles titles and the greatest number of Grand Slam titles overall. What anyone says is irrelevant compared to history. The main awards are trophies given to players who have won Grand Slam titles.

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      Harry kenzs 

      2 weeks ago

      What is this obsession of people with Serena? I still Dnt get it... Why because she had a longer duration to play? More fitness gadgets to go with? How can somebody possibly put her ahead of Margaret court? And even Navratilova or Evert or Graff for that matter.... If you ask me I wd say Even Hingis and Henin gave Serena run for her money.... So stop beating about the bush and all those who did not even watch Margaret play are simply denying her greatness... As saying goes "out of sight out of mind".... Serena still playing so it's easy to get impressed but that doesn't make her Greatest of all

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      David 

      2 weeks ago

      After Margaret Court, who is the greatest female tennis player of all time with 64 Grand Slam titles (24 in singles, 19 in doubles and 21 in mixed doubles), the second greatest female tennis player of all time is Martina Navratilova, who has 59 Grand Slam titles (18 in singles, 31 in doubles, and 10 in mixed doubles).

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      Jeremy 

      2 weeks ago

      Another reason why Margaret Court is a greater tennis player than Serena Williams is that all of Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam singles titles were won over a 13 year period from 1960 to 1973, whereas all of Serena Williams’ 23 Grand Slam took 5 years longer to achieve than Margaret Court, from 1999 to 2017, an 18 year period. This is also why I think Monica Seles was one of the greatest players of all time, because she won 8 Grand Slam singles titles while she was still only 19 before tragedy struck. She could have been the greatest female tennis player of all time, with the greatest number of Grand Slam singles titles, if not for that horrific incident when she was only 19. Yet, she still managed to win 1 more Grand Slam singles title after that, a truly remarkable achievement.

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      Don 

      2 weeks ago

      Serve is not everything! Look at men’s tennis now. Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Murray were not for their big serves. Margaret Court could play every shot extremely well. Her record alone in Grand Slam singles, Grand Slam doubles and Grand Slam mixed doubles makes her the greatest female tennis player of all time.

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      Jeff 

      2 weeks ago

      No distrespect to Serena, but she never had to play with a wooden racquet against the great Margaret Court!

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      Goomba 

      2 weeks ago

      With no disrespect to Margaret Court, but she never had to face serves from Serena Williams at 125 m.p.h.

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      Bob 

      2 weeks ago

      Margaret Court is the greatest female tennis player of all time. She won 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! Congratulations Margaret!

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      Lincoln 

      2 weeks ago

      O yeah just read few comments here. N glad to know people still talk sense. I also have same opinion that Monica Seles was a rage before that sad sad incident which not only harmed her but to the Tennis game also as it deprived this game of a well celebrated chapter in its legacy..... But on other hand I also feel sad for Martina Hingis as she was also a true beauty in game but lasted very short owing to less power and non serious attitude towards fitness..... I hope all sane tennis lovers wd agree to it.

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      Wild Bill 

      2 weeks ago

      I believe facing Monica was like having to step in the batters box against Nolan Ryan or putting with Tiger Woods 10 feet away from you. Almost like stepping up against Tyson. Take away the tragedy, and IFF she could stay healthy for many years, she could have slaughtered the record book. But, because that's a big "if", and Martina did slaughter it, for many years, so Martina must be my choice. Very, very, very few players could step on the court with either one of these two, and say, "I might have a shot." Against Steffi? Yeah. Against Chris? I think possibly. So there. Oh -- wait --

      Oh -- oops -- I forgot about Serena. Never mind everything I said. What was I thinking?

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      Peter 

      2 weeks ago

      Although Monica Seles may have ended up with the most Grand Slam singles titles had she not been stabbed, Margaret Court is definitely the best female tennis player of all time, because not only did she win 24 Grand Slam singles titles, she won many other Grand Slam titles in doubles and mixed doubles, which is why Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova should also be ranked highly, because Serena and Martina were great singles and doubles players too, whereas Chris Evert and Steffi Graf hardly played doubles. I don’t think Steffi Graf had a good backhand either because she sliced it rather than hit over the ball. Someone like Ash Barty of today, has a better sliced backhand than Steffi Graf.

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      Kevin 

      2 weeks ago

      The reason why Monica Seles is also the best player of all time was that she was regularly beating Steffi Graf, one of the other best players of all time, before she was stabbed.

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      Tom 

      2 weeks ago

      I would have to say Monica Seles. She would have ended up with the most Grand Slam singles titles, had she not been stabbed. Maureen Connolly would be my next choice, had she not had a horse riding accident.

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      Charlie Mckinz 

      3 weeks ago

      Well Serena Had the power.... But Steffi and Hingis had court sense like none other.... My God still remember how Hingis being not fit so well used to rally those balls everywhere... Kudos

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      Dyna 

      3 weeks ago

      Steffi Graf Is The Greatest Of All Time! 1988 GOLDEN SLAM!

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      Babur 

      5 weeks ago

      Hands down Martina Hingis. Real player

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      Sycone' 

      6 weeks ago

      Martina Navratilova is GOAT.... Class apart..... Then come Graff, Evert, Serena and Hingis on the list

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      Billy Baru 

      6 weeks ago

      Serena is a steroid user and should be banned from the list.

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      Leroy Madison 

      6 weeks ago

      Chris Evert is the greatest . She is the most consistent player ever . She has the best statistics overall concerning match wins in all the major tournaments . All this over a very long time span . Consistency should be the criteria . It is hard to compare eras . The players can only play in their own . It depends on who you have to face and the competition at the time . This was fierce for Chris and yet she made 34 !!!!!! Grand Slam finals . She lost 16 of them such was the calibre of opposition that a player as unerringly consistent as she was could lose 16 finals . You have to look at more than total majors won . When you study the career records Chris holds no one can match her .

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      Robert Howes 

      8 weeks ago

      Margaret Court and Steffi Graf are my favourits for the top women players in the world.

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      Serve104 

      2 months ago

      I am going to re instate my previous comments this is a good list but it only includes open era players it totaly ignores the pre open era. Connelly, lenghlen and wills moody deserve to be on any top 10 list. Graf and serena maybe the greatest of all time. But the greatest youngster of all time is maureen connelly. Before the age of 19 she won 9 majors, and thecalender yezrgrand slam. Neither seles, hingis or graf come even close to that achievement before the age of 19. Connelly is by far the greatest youngster to ever play the game

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      Alex Jaimes 

      2 months ago

      Come on! Martina Navratilova it’s the GOAT. There’s something wrong with this list if you don’t have her in the 1st spot.

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      Macro Mike 

      3 months ago

      Yes Hingis should be higher on list. At least ahead of Venus.

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      Depo skiper 

      3 months ago

      I loved watching Martina Hingis

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      Dr. Tennis 

      3 months ago

      The fact that this list has players before the 90s, tells me is a bogus list. None of those pre-90s players can match the top 100 from today. Perhaps, Lendl or Borg, but even then, they physical fitness would not have allowed them.

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      George 

      4 months ago

      Very young Monica Seles was much better than prime Steffi Graf. So much so, that she got stabbed by a frustrated mentally ill Steffi's fan in Germany.

      Afterfards she became American citizen, was still good won one more grand slam, but not the outlandish phenom she was earlier in her career. She didn't even grunt the same way.

      It was clear that in the same way Steffi outpaced Navratilova, Seles outpaced Steffi. By the same distance.

      Not saying Steffi isn't one of the best ever, but I don't see how would she dealt with Seles's dominance. She could still win if everything went right, otherwise it was a certain to lose.

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      Shehr Naaz 

      4 months ago

      I will put Hingis ahead of Venus.... Henin was also a great player. My vote is both for Hingis and Henin. It's a tie for me.

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      Omix 

      4 months ago

      I wish Martina Hingis had power of Williams. Hingis was undoubtedly a class statistical player.

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      Walton Naezon 

      4 months ago

      Serena great person to watch in tennis great always

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      Marko 

      6 months ago

      Stefi was good.but if monika wasnt injured she would have about 18 or 20 and graf about 15.she paused for almost 2 and a half year in her best years

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      Jack 

      7 months ago

      Steffi Graf should be ranked number one. She’s the only tennis player to achieve the Golden Slam - 4GS and Olympic Gold medal in one calendar year. Graf’s head to head record against Serena was 2-1 (if HK Open is to be included), against Seles it was 10-5, against Hingis

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      Jack 

      7 months ago

      Steffi Graf should be ranked number one. She’s the only tennis player to achieve the Golden Slam - 4GS and Olympic Gold medal in one calendar year. Graf’s head to head record against Serena was 2-1 (if HK Open is to be included), against Seles it was 10-5, against Hingis it was 7-2, against Navratilova it was 9-9. Serena has 23 GS but she most of them without Henin, Hingis and Clijsters. Graf retired just after 30 years old while Serena at 38 still plays. Even number one Halep can’t beat an old Serena, which only proves of a weak competition. Graf was named the best female tennis player by panel of tennis experts back in ‘99. Graf deserved without a doubt the G.O.A.T.

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      Jima jeeo 

      7 months ago

      How Can someone POSSIBLY put Serena Ahead of Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graff?? ..... INSANE n mind boggling.

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      Fete heir 

      7 months ago

      My list of top 5

      1.Martina Navratilova

      2.Steffi Graff

      3.Chris Evert

      4.Monica Seles

      5.Martina Hingis

      Then came Power Era..... Or to be called "Serenera"

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      Christopher Nowak 

      8 months ago

      Sorry folks!

      Bianca just lost to Naomi Osaka in a close match.

      She should still be considered a force to be reckoned with over the next 10-15 years!

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      Christopher Nowak 

      8 months ago

      I believe that Canada's BIANCA ANDREESCU is the best female tennis player in the world for 2019.

      The last match she lost was to SOFIA KENIN in early March of 2019.

      There is a good chance that she won't lose another match until 2020 (and I imagine that it will be very close).

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      eddie 

      8 months ago

      Graf retired at 30 yrs old and ranked #3 in the world while Serena is 38 yrs old and still active and rank#9 in the world..Imagine how many more Grand Slam titles Steffi Graf could have won if she continued playing for 5 years more..

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      Lupineagle 

      8 months ago

      For me it should be Steffi Graf. She is the only tennis player who won 4 grand slam in a single year.

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      Allen Waddel 

      8 months ago

      I think your list is accurate in terms of who is in your top 5 and next best 6 of Open era tennis. I rank them based on the following criteria: wins in major tournaments, appearances, and doubles wins. I also consider the majors in order of importance: Wimbledon, US, French, Australian. 1-Navatrilova, 2-S. Williams, 3-Court, 4-Evert, 5-Graf, 6-King, 7-V. Williams, 8. Goolagong, 9. Hingis, 10. Seles, 11. Henin.

      Martina Navatrilova was the greatest all-around women's tennis player. 12 of her 18 majors wins and 10 of her 14 majors losses were against players on this Top Ten list, notably her greatest rival, Chris Evert. She was the most dominant player ever at Wimbledon. She won 31 doubles titles.

      Serena Williams, at her peak and when her game was on, was probably the most overpowering player I've ever seen. She is to the US Open what Navatrilova is to Wimbledon. If her sister, Venus, had not suffered debilitating illness and injuries, they might have rivaled Navatrilova & Evert's rivalry. They were also among the best doubles tandems.

      Margaret Court bridged tennis eras. Hard to argue with her still best 24 opens, 11 on her home court, but multi wins at all the others as well. Second only to Navatrilova as a doubles champion.

      Chris Evert, the ice queen, my favorite tennis player, the greatest clay court player ever. She competed in an all-time best 34 majors finals, winning 18. Had it not been for Navatrilova, Evert might've matched Court's total of 24 major wins.

      Steffi Graf--dominant player of the late 80's and 90's, bridging the Navatrilova/Evert and Williams sisters eras. If Monica Seles had not been attacked, that would have been a great might've been rivalry.

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      Majidi 

      9 months ago

      I would say Martina Navratilova had a more profound impact on tennis than any other person. Then came Graff with same personal, briefly there came a name called Monica Seles proving her dominance till she became victamised to stabbing than there came a new name very much capable of carrying the legacy of being great in women tennis the Martina Hingis Era who with her beauty in motion style of game kept us captivated before falling for injuries. Then there came an Era with a mix of many names where one would wonder as to who was greater to whom like Venus, Davenport, Capriati, Muresmo, Clijsters, Henin, Sharapova along with Serena. This was the time when one's mind was like a pendulum shifting its thoughts from one name to other. And then again these all names faded within limited time. Serena on other hand remained exception by stretching her career span till she has a no significant opponent. So naturally she would be regarded as greatest but all the names I discussed above had been GREATS in their own Era and time span

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      tahir 

      9 months ago

      Serena had no to Little competition during her entire era.....She faced A strong competition briefly from Martina Hingis, then from Justin henin and lastly from her own sister Venus....butt all had been in their prime for very less period.So my vote goes to Martina Navratilova as G.O.A.T

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      Dave 

      9 months ago

      Graf's success after the attack on Seles is extremely tainted. As a result I would rank Graf 5th or 6th on this list.

      How anyone thinks that the current era is weak is beyond me - due to increases in nutrition and exercise routines it is clear that any of the ladies in the current top 20 would be number one in any other era. Sorry, that's the way it goes in sports.

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      JCB 

      9 months ago

      Serena has won only 72 singles titles in 20 years. Martina won 167, Evert 154. Serena's win % is far lower than many before her. In addition, she has played in the weakest era in the sports history and that is a fact. She's great but by no means has she had the greatest career. Martina missed 7 Aussie Opens and 5 French because they didn't pay until the 90's. No way is grand slam titles the be all end all of all time greatness.

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      Keith Lancaster. 

      9 months ago

      All you tennis know-alls, ever heard of Maria Bueno?

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      John 

      10 months ago

      Margaret Court is easily the greatest women's tennis player of all time. 192 career titles including a grand slam. Serena Williams - 72 (no Grand Slam). In fact Williams is far down the the list of major title winners with Navratilova (167), Evert (157), King (129), Graf (107), Goolagong (86), and Lenglen (81) all having better records than Serena Williams. Graf retired at 32. Williams is 38. At the rate that Williams wins - assuming that she kept winning at the same rate - she would pass Margaret Court's record some time after her 100th birthday!

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      serve104 

      10 months ago

      Hey edgar i do agree with you lenghlin deserves to be high on any list of goat. But if were going to talk about extrodinary accomplishments. Graf made 13 consecutive grand slam finals in a row 14 if you consider the olympics and ammassed a 10 and 4 record in that run i dont believe anyone will ever match this. And as for serena she only was able to make 4 slams in a row

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      Edgar 

      10 months ago

      For your information the MOST DOMINANT woman on the courts in History, was Suzanne Lenglen. actually won 9 major tournaments withuut droppoing a single game all through the rounds. never done before nor since.

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      GOATSteffi 

      10 months ago

      Hey Watchmen, tell me who gave the competition to Serena? No one. She won that much slams only because she had no competition. Only Hingis and Henin can control her, but those 2 players exit from the singles game so earlier.

      In Serena's era, nobody is stable except Henin. That's why she could win 10 slams after 30.

      Steffi had the competition from Evert, Navratilova, Sabatini, Arantxa, Seles, Pierce, Davenport, Hingis. She also could defeat healthy Serena and Venus when she was out of the form in 1999. Steffi's backhand slice can beat all the current players. And imagine Steffi with the current era's developed equipment. She could rule the current era with no hesitation.

      Nobody had the aura as Steffi had when playing. Nobody could touch Steffi.

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      Mango baaz 

      10 months ago

      Hingis for me...... Perhaps she being physically fragile amongst all greats had achieved Big.... Clap for that

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      LoveMinusZero 

      10 months ago

      Margaret Court was by far the greatest women's tennis player.

      Court played against 7 Hall of Famer's - Williams 4

      Court has 192 single titles - Williams 73.

      Court 24 majors in just 47 tries - Williams 24 in 72 tries.

      Court played for 15 years - Williams playing for 19 years.

      Court 64 major titles - Williams less than 40.

      Court won all for majors in 1970 (Grand Slam) - Williams 0

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      Watchmen 

      10 months ago

      For those who picked Steffi Graf over Serena forget that Steffi have poor memories. During her peak years, there was no opposition (barring the short lived Monica Seles who, after her stabbing incident retired, of note is that if Seles continues, she would have dominated the French Opens). After Seles, Steffi's only opponent of note was Sanchez-Vicario who besides being a fighter can never claim to be a top level opponent. Pitched against Martina Norvatilova or a Serena, Steffi would have been destroyed.

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      Echo 

      10 months ago

      Before you start placing Margaret as a great player, please find out that most of her titles were won in Australia where she is from. Having class do not ever make you a great player. Then check all records. Olympic, Grand slams singles, Grand slams doubles, time spent at the #1 position etc. Serena would have beaten Graf easily. No one had the power to match the Williams sisters. I am 70 tyars old and saw many many players.

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      Jag petes 

      11 months ago

      Both Martinas Hingis n Navratilova were legends..... Loved their game.... N yes Monica Seles you beauty in motion....

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      Speky james 

      12 months ago

      Marteena Hingis. Loved her on court

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      Viper shawn 

      12 months ago

      Martina Hingis must be high on list.

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      Lalita winget 

      12 months ago

      Hey Soumen Roy.... I think Indians should love Martina Hingis More than Steffi as most of Indian tennis wins had Martina's partnership in it..... Be it Sania, Be it Paes..... They all won many a times when partnered with Hingis...

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      Soumen Roy 

      13 months ago

      To me as far i understand tennis i find Steffi Graf as the No 1 tennis player who played with style ,technique, moreover she played single handed without any kind of screaming. Thats makes her very unique, moreover her court presense was absolutely mindblowing and elegant. She achieved a lot which perhaps no has done yet.I have lots of respect for Steffi Graf and my regards to her all the way from India (nameste).We Indians love and respect her a lot and hope to see her one day if she comes to my land

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      Baazy strob 

      13 months ago

      Has yet to see any player playing with assured win composure as would Martina Navratilova do..... She was phenomenal....

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      Pria jain 

      13 months ago

      Hingis VS Venus...... I loved this rivalry and used to watch every match of theirs....

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      Zeenaas 

      13 months ago

      I agree with all who say Martina Hingis

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      Richard J. Garfunkel 

      13 months ago

      Lets not forget Helen Wills Moody!

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      Mohnish 

      13 months ago

      Lobe shots master Martina Hingis

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      Eliza 

      13 months ago

      Monica Seles has a birthday exactly the same as mum’s!

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      Nippa lom 

      13 months ago

      Hingis vs Devenport..... Epic matches

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      Timya banks 

      14 months ago

      Steffi

      Martina Nav

      Chrissi

      Seles

      Hingis

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      Kartik 

      14 months ago

      Martina Hingis outperformed Williams, Seles, Henin etc in her brief tenure.

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      Deborah Napper 

      14 months ago

      How can we go past Margaret Court-she has the numbers and the numbers speak objectively for themselves. A player placed in any era will perform to that era. Put them in another era they will rise to a new occasion. So far she has not been beaten. Lets see if she ever will be.

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      Ali Gulfam 

      15 months ago

      I will second cloc Fride here.... Always wished Hingis should have won 2002 AO and 1999 Rolland Garros.... Which mainly she lost due lacking power sustainability in a 3set game.... She was spectacular... But had to lose!!

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      Clok Curtis 

      15 months ago

      Martina Hingissss

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      Salim Saphy 

      15 months ago

      Here I am at airport and a random women tennis match (it says AO Melbourne) is playing on Tele in front of me. I having NO knowledge of Tennis felt inquisitive to probe as to who has been the best ladies tennis player. In search of the answer I Google the same and there I find this link. After going through the provided list, Q&A, voting polls and then the public opinion in shape of comments I just concluded the following

      Serena Williams is widely considered greatest due to her Power mainly and with having no strong compitition around and a large playing tenure.

      Steffi Graff is Soundly considered Great with Numerous wins and crystal clear Stats.

      Martina Hingis is quite Favorite too for title with achieving sound success all at a very Young age and in face of Serena and other William.

      Monica Seles had met misfortune before she got to top still she managed to be given status of Greatest by some

      But to say so looking at number of wins and being an onlooker I will vote for two names here which are real GREAT for me.

      Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova

      Case closed.

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      Salah ud din 

      15 months ago

      Graff always No. 1, Then Martina Navratilova, 3.Chrisi&Serena, 4. Seles, 5. Hingis

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      Piam laye 

      15 months ago

      You can put Martina Hingis on top 5.... Let's credit her for being one great player

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      Warren wety 

      15 months ago

      Martina Hingis was a great player.

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      Seto veer 

      15 months ago

      I Agree with you Dan Stortini . Perhaps it's more appropriate to request the Author Mr Bill DE Guilio to have all Honorable mentions as well apart from his top 10 list. As it is a never ending debate as to who is greatest of All. Some wd go for Graff, some Hingis, some Serena, Seles, Navratilova and so on...

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      Dan stortini 

      15 months ago

      Seto veer i understand your point people are going to be far more familiar with modern tennis players then the pre open era and i dont wish disrespect if older players are not mentioned. The point im trying to make is there are at least 3 legitimate cases of pre open era tennis players to be considered for any greatest of all time connolly is one of them the other 2 are lenghlin and wills moody

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      Seto veer 

      15 months ago

      Dear Dan stortini it's not like that Maureen Connolly's being forgotten perhaps it's that people, who have witnessed competitive tennis after it being watched more globally and reaching out to more entourages, courtesy to flourishing Electronic media, that people have Seen practically Graff, Seles and Hingis stamping their excellence more vividly as compared to PRE open Era tennis legends. Otherwise be it Hingis or Maureen Or Court, they all achieved GREAT GREAT respect to be named by Any1.

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      Dan stortini 

      15 months ago

      People are talking about hingis and seles being ranked higher on this list because they achieved so much success at such a young age and in such a short time span. Not to disagree but if you want to use that criteria then why is Maureen Conolly not on this list she won 9 grand slam titles and the calender year grand slam all before the age of 19 thats better then graf, seles and hingis

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      Cloc fride 

      15 months ago

      I always been longing had Hingis had power to sustain in Any of her numerous 3 game losses she would definitely been No 1 for many more years. So despite being physically weak she gained enough respect to believe her as Greatest.

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      Bastian Schweinsteiger 

      15 months ago

      Ana Ivanoviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiic

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      Coin penn 

      15 months ago

      Justin Henin was a classy player

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      AD Harrison 

      15 months ago

      Martina Hingis a great player was she. So much career titles in such a short span of time.... And Davenport also an underrated player.... Her career was also marvelous one

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      Fahae shek 

      15 months ago

      Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert are Greatest of All.... Rest are children in front of them

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      Adil Jackson 

      15 months ago

      I would second to the suggestion of leveling up Martina Hingis on list. She is my favorite

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      Coasta Revs 

      15 months ago

      Dear author please put Martina Hingis up on list. She can be very easily put ahead of Justine and Venus

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      Denti Lee 

      15 months ago

      Monica Seles had a great run before her stabbing. Regardless of the fact that People think Steffi had dominance but My vote is for Seles.. First she was a very young new Comer who took on rather thwarted Established Giants like Evert,Navratilova and Graff. Second her win percentage viz a viz her pre stabbing tenure give enough reason to consider her GREATEST of all.

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      Baba jani 

      15 months ago

      I liked Lindsay davenport. But yes her matches with Martina Hingis and Venus Williams made me believe that these two were great champions besides Davenport.

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      Guardey roma 

      15 months ago

      Steffi Grafffff all the way..... Have watched her playing Live.... Oh my God nothing can be compared to that. G.O.A.T

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      Ahsan Khan 

      15 months ago

      For Most part of the list I agree with Admin however I feel tu put Serena ahead of Graff is not justified. Even not ahead of Martina Navratilova Is fathomable. Graff and Navratilova had concise dominance during their reign periods respectively. On the other hand Serena's graph had been dwindling in the presence of other Greats like Venus, Henin and the ofcourse Hingis.

      Ps. No hard feelings Serena Fans please.

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      Phook bha 

      15 months ago

      As far as i remember Martina Hingis was not on this list the last time i checked it.but i strongly felt that she SHOULD be on this list. happy that the author has some vigilance to put her on list. Good.

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      Banda bindass 

      15 months ago

      Hingis dominated her realm just like Navratilova, Graff n Serena. For me 5 Greats would be

      Navratilova

      Graff

      Evert

      Hingis

      Serena/Seles tie

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      Oksana Rami 

      15 months ago

      I also loved Martina Hingis. And now she is going to be a mother. Just wish she brings her legacy into her daughter. Hingis is a great player.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      16 months ago from Massachusetts

      Yes, I agree. Very impressive.

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      Ali Gulfam 

      16 months ago

      I can see another name soon to be added in this list that is NAOMI OSAKA. Much like MARTINA HINGIS she is on fire and soon going to be considered a great.

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      Butt Gyrese 

      16 months ago

      I also wish Hingis had played consistently for long period. And also wish Seles would not have been stabbed. The world remained unfortunate as it saw the real magic of these two Greats for shorter durations.

      Sigh.

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      Watura ching 

      16 months ago

      Martina Hingis. Looked like a real woman was playing. Subtle, feminine and naive. Others are too built up to have that feminism intact while watching. Hingis has been a GREAT player. Love her

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      Muntu Bantu 

      16 months ago

      Serena Williams is the Greatest Of All Times

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      Lampus 

      16 months ago

      Always a Hingis Fan.

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      Dadduu 

      16 months ago

      I like the inclusion of martina Hingis in this list. Apart from Serena the player with variety of shots was Martina Hingis. Her name could be as up as no. 6 on this list. Loved her game

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