Greatest Women’s Tennis Players of All Time (Part 2)

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.

Greatest Women’s Tennis Players of All Time (Part 1)

People who have had a lifelong passion for the game of tennis would probably interested in following the world’s top players. Ranking the top of anything is difficult and subjective task. There have been so many talented female tennis players over the last 60 years of the Open Era, and this doesn’t even take into consideration the great female tennis players from the early 20th century. Changes in fitness regimes, nutrition, racket technology and playing style over the years have only contributed to complicate an already challenging task. As difficult as it was to select the top all-time greatest male tennis players, the female top tennis players is no easier.

After surfing through countless number of statistical records, we have come up with this list of the best female tennis players during the Open Era starting from 1968 to the present time. 

Martina Hingis

Hingis was born September 30, 1980 in Kosice, Czechoslovakia and resides in Fuesisberg, Switzerland. She started playing pro in 1994 and retired in 2017. During her pro career, the prize money worth $24,749,074 with 45 titles including 5 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 Wimbledon, 1 US Open, 3 Australian Open.

For nearly 209 weeks, she was ranked number one in the world given her 13 Grand Slam Doubles titles, 7 Mixed Doubles titles, and 2 Tour Finals titles. It’s difficult to exclude the Swiss star despite the fact that her singles career was relatively short due to severe injuries. Her first retirement started in 2003 when she was just 22 years old. As soon as she remained healthy, she would have contended for many more number of Grand Slam singles titles. Martina was able to lengthen her tennis career by playing mostly doubles and had great success with achieving 3 Grand Slam Doubles titles in 2017, her final year in the competitive pro tennis.