Evonne Goolagong

Evonne Goolagong was born in 1951 in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia and has lived in Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia. She turned professional tennis player in 1968 and retired in 1983. With 68 titles (Grand Slam Singles Titles: 4 Australian, 1 French, 2 Wimbledon), her career prize money worth of $1,399,430 and she was inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame in 1988. Often overlooked as she played during the era of star players Chris Everett and Martina Navratilova, Goolagong was the combination of grace and beauty on the court. Despite playing during one of the most competitive periods in female tennis, Goolagong was ranked number one female player in the world.

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

The only Grand Slam title she didn’t win, was the US Open, where she got into the finals in four consecutive years, 1973-1976.

Justine Henin

Justine Henin was born in Liege, Belgium on June 1, 1982 and has lived in Brussels, Belgium. She became professional tennis player in 1999, retired the first time in 2008 and finally in 2011.

With 50 career titles (7 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 4 French, 1 Australian, 2 US Open), her career prize money worth $20,863,335. 

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

In 2003, she achieved the number one position in the world ranking, having won both the French Open and the US Open. In 2004, Henin got the Gold Medal at the Athens Olympics and the very first Australian Open title. She won seven Grand Slam titles in her career but retired abruptly in 2008 claiming of burnout from over twenty years of competitive tennis. A brief comeback in 2010 was not so much achievement, and she retired for good in early 2011.