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Top 10 Greatest International Women Tennis Players of All Time

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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.

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

Martina Hingis

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. Had she remained healthy, she certainly 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 success with 3 Grand Slam Doubles titles in 2017, her final year in competitive tennis.

Justine Henin

Justine Henin

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 20 years of competitive tennis. A brief comeback in 2010 was short lived, and she retired for good in early 2011.

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

  • Born: June 17, 1980
  • Born in Lynwood, California
  • Resides: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Turned pro: 1994
  • Career prize money: $41,958,284
  • 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’ 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

Billie Jean King

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

Monica Seles

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.

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. In 1991, she was the top-ranked woman in the world.

Chris Evert

Chris Evert

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

Margaret Court

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

Martina Navratilova

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, which includes 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

Steffi Graf

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

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

  • Born: September 26, 1981
  • Born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • Resides: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Turned pro: 1995
  • Career prize money: $95,542,122
  • 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. Making it to the 2018 and 2019 Wimbledon and US Open finals was certainly a step in the right direction and everything points to Serena remaining competitive despite turning 39 in 2020.

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

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Cricket is a passion for many, and in India, cricketers are adored by their fans. Therefore, fans are often interested in the personal lives and information of players. Here, we are sharing information about some of the most beautiful wives and girlfriends of Indian players.

10. Virat Kohli’s Better Half- Anushka Sharma

Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team, stands as one of the most popular and influential cricketers globally. His wife, Anushka Sharma, is a leading actress in Bollywood. Born in Ayodhya and raised in Bangalore, Anushka embarked on her career as a model before making her acting debut in the blockbuster movie “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,” opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Since then, she has firmly established herself as one of the industry’s top actresses.

Anushka’s prowess extends beyond acting; she is a successful entrepreneur too. Co-founding the production company Clean Slate Filmz, she has produced several critically acclaimed films and web series. A brand ambassador for various products, Anushka has also launched her clothing line, Nush. Remarkably, she continues her acting journey in Bollywood even after her union with Virat Kohli.

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10 Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah

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An expected 1.61 billion individuals on Earth are Muslim, so rigorously off of numbers alone we will undoubtedly have a lot of extraordinary competitors who are devotees of Islam. As we mark the beginning of the Islamic Ramadan month, we’re getting some down time to give a salute to a portion of those mind boggling competitors as they fire up their vacation. We make them box greats, a couple HOF NBA focuses, and, surprisingly, a cricket hotshot.

So here are 10 Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah!

Marat Safin

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Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Marat Safin

Sport: Tennis
Years: 1997-2009
Awards: 421-266 vocation record and two Grand Slam titles

The hot-tempered Russian tennis incredible Marat Safin was brought up as a Muslim. Of Tatar drop, Safin was a previous No. 1 who grabbed a couple Grand Slams, has the record for broken racquets in a season (87), and is presently an individual from the Russian parliament. Let us know you saw this person becoming fruitful legislator after his tennis profession.

Naseem Hamed

Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Naseem Hamed

Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Naseem Hamed

Sport: Boxing
Years: 1992-2002
Awards: 36-1-0 (31 KOs); previous World Featherweight Champion

Sovereign Naseem Hamed rambled of junk in his day yet he could likewise back it up. He was one of the most mind-blowing featherweight champions in ongoing history, holding a title in that division from 1995 until 2001. With 31 KOs in his profession, Prince Naseem given out his reasonable part of discipline yet he actually showed empathy for his rivals. Try not to trust us? Peep the clasp above where he requests that Allah safeguard the fella he simply KO’d. #classic

Imran Khan

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Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Imran Khan

Sport: Cricket
Years: 1971-1992
Honors: 1992 Word Cup, ICC Hall of Fame, 3x Player of the Year

Viewed as one of the best all over cricketers ever, Khan’s most desirable characteristics his bowling and administration. Quite possibly of cricket’s quickest bowler, he drove the Pakistani National Team to their sole World Cup in 1992. Imran hand-picked that group, including future stars Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-haq, and Mushtaq Ahmed. After his retirement, Khan began his own ideological group, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which centers around removing debasement in the Pakistani government. Khan keeps on heading the party and is one of the country’s most well known pioneers because of his solid Islamic qualities.

Bernard Hopkins

Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Bernard Hopkins

Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Bernard Hopkins

Sport: Boxing
Years: 1988-Present
Honors: 52-6-2 (32 KOs); previous undisputed World Middleweight Champion

Quite possibly of the best warrior in late history nearly passed up his vocation in the wake of being condemned to 18 years for an outfitted burglary at 17 years old. During his bid, Hopkins found his adoration for boxing and furthermore switched over completely to Islam. He turned star upon his delivery in 1988. From that point forward, the Executioner has piled up north of 50 wins, and turned into the principal contender to bind together each of the four world middleweight titles (WBA, WBO, WBC, and The Ring). His triumph over Jean Pascal in 2011 made him the most seasoned title holder in boxing history at 46 years of age. Hopkins keeps on battling today and is a certain fire Hall of Famer once he chooses to hang them up.

Zinedine Zidane

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Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Zinedine Zidane

Sport: Soccer
Years: 1988-2006
Awards: Three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, 1998 World Cup Champion

Seemingly truly outstanding to at any point bind up the spikes, Zidane is a Frenchman of Algerian plunge who wowed the soccer world for a really long time and brought forth quite possibly of the most preposterous crossroads in World Cup history when he went Gus Frerotte all over Italy.

Sadly Zidane will always be associated with that play, yet we like to feature his particular smile subsequent to making a few protectors look senseless. Brazil figured out what’s up in the ’98 Cup last and Double Z pushed it along for quite a long time into the future.

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Mike Tyson

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Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Mike Tyson

Sport: Boxing
Years: 1981-2005
Honors: 50-6 (44 KOs); WBC, WBA, IBF Heavyweight Champion

The Baddest Man on the Planet switched over completely to Islam while carrying out his jail punishment for an assault conviction in 1992. Whenever he was delivered in 1995, Iron Mike got back to the ring to win the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles. Then came the Bite Fight, a few captures, venereal illnesses, and a chronic drug use. Tyson returned to turn into a mainstream society symbol and has apparently warded off his past evil presences. Acclaim Allah!

Shaquille O’Neal

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Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Shaquille O’Neal

Sport: Basketball
Years: 1989-2011
Awards: 1990 NCAA AP Player of the Year, 4x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 15-time NBA All-Star, 1993 NBA Rookie of ther Year

Better believe it you read that right, Shaquille O’Neal, the one who upset the NBA throughout recent years, is as a matter of fact a Muslim. Raised with both a Christian impact (mother) and Muslim impact (step-father), Shaq has never been too vocal about his strict connection yet he has referenced it in certain meetings and has taken the Muslim journey to Mecca called Hajj.

Shaq won three straight in L.A., captured one more in Miami, gave the world Kazaam, and presently he’s Charles Barkley’s street canine on TNT teasing NBA players on a daily premise. Any rundown of Muslim competitors wouldn’t be finished without the Shaq Daddy, that and he’ll have a spot when we drop our “Most noteworthy Players That Got Old and Joined Any Team That Would Take Them” list. #ondeck

Hakeem Olajuwon

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Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Hakeem Olajuwon

Sport: Basketball
Years: 1981-2002
Awards: 1983 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 2x NBA Champion, Leading Shot-Blocker in NBA History, 12x NBA All-Star

Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon is point of fact quite possibly of the best place and players in NBA history. The 7-foot Nigerian has a clothing rundown of achievements, his protected “Dream Shake” is utilized right up to the present day by NBA players like Kobe Bryant, and he’s hardened up as much as $100 million since resigning thanks to land interests in Houston. During the entirety of his prosperity, Hakeem stays a passionate Muslim. He changed over almost immediately in his NBA vocation and was so committed to his confidence that he’d quick during Ramadan regardless of the way that the sacred period would frequently fall during the NBA season. #beast

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Sport: Basketball
Years: 1966-1989
Awards: 3x NCAA Champion at UCLA, All-Time Leading Scorer in NBA History, 6x NBA Champion, 6x NBA MVP, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 19x NBA All-Star

Kareem has forever been perfect at b-ball. He overwhelmed in secondary school, school and the aces. He imagined one of the most unguardable shots in NBA history and, surprisingly, named it. The “skyhook” assisted him with turning into the NBA’s record-breaking driving scorer with 38,387 places — the nearest dynamic player is Kobe with 29,484 places.

Kareem switched over completely to Islam and chose to change his name from Lew Alcindor in 1971 as an individual from the Milwaukee Bucks since it was a piece of his legacy — the offseason preceding Milwaukee’s sole NBA title. When he went to L.A. he established his heritage by winning five MVP grants, five NBA titles, and gave Bruce Lee some work in The Game of Death.

Muhammad Ali

Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Muhammad Ali

Best Muslim Athletes Who Pray To Allah-Muhammad Ali

Sport: Boxing
Years: 1960-1981
Honors: 1960 Light Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medal, Three-time World Heavyweight Champion

Effectively the most unmistakable Muslim games figure within recent memory, Muhammad Ali caught the hearts of Americans with his promise play and incomparable boxing expertise — until he changed his name that is. He transformed it during the Civil Rights Movement and promised devotion to the Nation of Islam. He stood up fervently against the Vietnam War and was ousted from enclosing for quite some time 1967 in view of these convictions and his refusal to joing the Army.

Incidentally, a portion of the American public started to get used to Ali during this time since they too went against the conflict. In the wake of winning two battles when he got back to the ring, he had a title chance against Joe Frazier, yet lost in an unbelievable match considered “The Fight of the Century.” He ultimately turned into a boss again subsequent to being treacherously deprived of his belts back in ’67. Ali crushed each top heavyweight in the brilliant time of heavyweight boxing making him “The Greatest.”

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