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50+ Famous Female Tennis Players | Pics, Rankings, Stats

50+ Famous Female Tennis Players

Pics, Rankings, Stats

By Jon Crim
TennisCompanion

If you’re getting into tennis or beginning to follow the sport more closely, you may find yourself developing a curiosity for the game’s most influential female tennis players.

I’m fascinated by the top female athletes in tennis, and I find my familiarity with retired players helps me gain a deeper appreciation for the women who helped shape our sport and their accomplishments. At the same time, learning about active players enables me to navigate the WTA Tour and conversation surrounding players more confidently.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to some of the most famous female tennis players in our sport, current and past, and discuss what distinguishes them from the rest of the field. I’ll also provide you with lists of former world No. 1s and Grand Slam champions whose achievements cemented their place in history and are fun to explore.

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Selection Criteria

By definition, a large number of people must know or have known about a given female tennis player to make them famous.

As a result, many players I’ve included are the most accomplished women in our sport whose results naturally elevated their exposure.

Beyond success on the court, many female tennis players become famous for various additional reasons, including their actions off the court, media coverage, and appearance.

With that in mind, I’ve considered those factors when selecting various players to discuss in this resource.

Hopefully, you’ll find those I’ve included interesting and helpful in learning more about the sport or becoming familiar with the women who have had a dramatic influence on shaping the sport.

Active Female Tennis Players

The following female tennis players are active and currently playing on the WTA tour.

However, keep in mind that some players may be playing on reduced schedules or making fewer appearances due to injury.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Photo Credit: @serenawilliams

As one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Serena Williams likely needs no introduction.

Since turning pro in 1995, Serena has dominated the sport and accumulated 39 Grand Slam titles. For 319 weeks throughout her career, she’s held the No. 1 ranking and has four Olympic Gold medals, 1 in singles and 3 in doubles.

Highest Rank1
CountryUnited States
BirthdaySeptember 26, 1981
Grand Slam Titles23 singles / 14 doubles
Career Titles73 singles / 23 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold singles / Gold x3 doubles
Instagram@serenawilliams / 13.9m followers

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Photo Credit: @venuswilliams

Although Venus never reached the same level of accomplishment as her younger sister, Serena, her achievements are substantial, and she’s left an enormous impact on the game and is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable names in our sport.

During her career, she’s amassed 21 Grand Slam titles, reached world No. 1, and won four Gold medals at the Olympics.

Highest Rank1
CountryUnited States
BirthdayJune 17, 1980
Grand Slam Titles7 singles / 14 doubles
Career Titles49 singles / 22 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold singles / Gold x3 doubles
Instagram@venuswilliams / 1.4m followers

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Photo Credit: @naomiosaka

Although Naomi Osaka only has seven titles to her name, four are Grand Slam victories. Based on her success and worldwide appeal, Naomi has received lucrative endorsement deals resulting in her becoming the highest-paid female athlete in 2021.

However, beyond her success on the court, Naomi has earned recognition as an activist, showcasing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and in 2021 she became the first tennis player to light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony in Tokyo, Japan.

Without a doubt, Naomi Osaka is one of the most recognizable names in tennis and female sports more broadly.

Highest Rank1
CountryJapan
BirthdayOctober 16, 1997
Grand Slam Titles4 singles
Career Titles7 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@naomiosaka / 2.8m followers

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

Photo Credit: @simonahalep

If there’s one word that comes to mind when I think of Simona Halep, it’s consistency.

Despite not having accumulated massive results in Grand Slam tournaments or the Olympics, she did win the French Open and Wimbledon.

Furthermore, she’s owned the world’s No. 1 ranking for a total of 64 weeks during her career and is the first Romanian ever to do so.

Beyond her results on the court, Simona is well-liked among her peers and fans, having won the WTA Most Popular Player of the Year twice and WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year three times.

Highest Rank1
CountryRomania
BirthdaySeptember 27, 1991
Grand Slam Titles2 singles
Career Titles22 singles / 1 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@simonahalep / 1.6m followers

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Photo Credit: @vichka35

In 2012, Victoria Azarenka became the first Belarusian player to win a Grand Slam singles title, which she defended in 2013 for her second and helped elevate her name worldwide.

Beyond that, Vika made it to the US Open finals three times and became world No. 1 on January 30, 2012, which she’s held for a total of 51 weeks throughout her career.

Combined with lucrative endorsements from a range of high-profile companies, including Nike, Red Bull, and American Express, to name a few, Victoria Azarenka is undoubtedly one of the most famous female tennis players in the world.

Highest Rank1
CountryBelarus
BirthdayJuly 31, 1989
Grand Slam Titles2 singles
Career Titles21 singles / 9 doubles
Olympic MedalsBronze Singles
Instagram@vichka35 / 700k followers

Garbiñe Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza

Photo Credit: @garbimuguruza

Throughout her career, Garbiñe Muguruza has made it to three Grand Slam finals and won two of them, at the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017.

On September 11, 2017, Muguruza reached the world No. 1 ranking, which she held for four weeks. Along with lucrative endorsements that feature her in marketing materials from Adidas, Babolat, Rolex, and Mazda, to name a few, she’s become one of the most famous tennis players.

Highest Rank1
CountrySpain
BirthdayOctober 8, 1993
Grand Slam Titles2 singles
Career Titles10 singles / 5 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@garbimuguruza / 886k followers

Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty

Photo Credit: @ashbarty

Australian tennis player, Ashleigh Barty, is the second female tennis player to achieve a world No. 1 ranking, which she reached on June 24, 2019, and has held for a total of 109 weeks.

As a result of her consistent performance, Barty has won three Grand Slam titles, two in singles and one in doubles.

Notably, Barty is well-known for taking a hiatus from tennis in 2014 due to her hectic schedule and constantly being away from the sport. During the break, she played cricket professionally but eventually returned to tennis in 2016.

Highest Rank1
CountryAustralia
BirthdayApril 24, 1996
Grand Slam Titles2 singles
Career Titles13 singles / 11 doubles
Olympic MedalsBronze mixed doubles
Instagram@ashbarty / 372k followers

Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Photo Credit: @geniebouchard

A few years after turning pro, Genie reached the semi-finals at the 2014 Australian and French Open for an excellent start to the year.

However, she’d take things one step further that year, earning a spot in the finals at Wimbledon before falling to Petra Kvitová. Her results eventually netted her a career-high ranking of No. 5 on October 20, 2014.

After a successful year, Bouchard struggled in 2015 but managed a solid appearance at the US Open before suffering a concussion in the locker room, which forced her to withdraw from the fourth round and effectively ended her season.

Since then, her career has been up and down. She did win her first doubles and singles titles in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Off the court, Bouchard has attracted a massive fan following on social media, and she’s been featured in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition on two separate occasions. In 2021, she worked as a commentator for The Tennis Channel.

Highest Rank5
CountryCanada
BirthdayFebruary 25, 1994
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles1 singles / 1 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@geniebouchard / 2.1m followers

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu

Photo Credit: @emmaraducanu

Bursting onto the scene in 2021, Emma Raducanu became the youngest British woman to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon after receiving a wildcard into the tournament. Unfortunately, she retired due to breathing difficulties.

Later that year, Emma earned her way into the US Open main draw through the qualifiers and managed to reach the tournament’s final without dropping a set. As a result, she became the youngest woman to reach the final since Maria Sharapova did so in 2002.

Emma defeated Leylah Fernandez in the finals to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era, which resulted in her meteoric rise and overnight stardom.

Although it’s very early in her career, Emma has already earned sponsorships from Nike, Wilson, Tiffany & Co., and Dior, which will undoubtedly increase her worldwide exposure.

Highest Rank19
CountryGreat Britain
BirthdayNovember 13, 2002
Grand Slam Titles1 singles
Career Titles1 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@emmaraducanu / 2.1m followers

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

Photo Credit: @angie.kerber

German tennis player, Angelique Kerber, is a successful female tennis player with three Grand Slam titles to her name and thirteen titles overall.

On September 12, 2016, she ascended to world No. 1 for the first time, and she won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Beyond her success on the court, she’s inked various endorsements over the years, including Adidas and Yonex for tennis. However, her fame has grown further as she’s become a global ambassador for Porche, along with others, including insurance company Generali, Bare Minerals cosmetics, and Rolex.

Highest Rank1
CountryGermany
BirthdayJanuary 18, 1988
Grand Slam Titles3 singles
Career Titles13 singles
Olympic MedalsSilver singles
Instagram@angie.kerber / 675k followers

Petra Kvitová

Petra Kvitova

Photo Credit: @petra.kvitova

Lefty Petra Kvitová started her career on the WTA tour in 2006 and has achieved substantial success, winning 28 titles.

Her two most significant achievements came in 2011 and 2014 as the champion of Wimbledon. However, she also had an opportunity as the finalist at the Australian Open in 2019.

On top of her international exposure coming from her success on the court, Petra has earned many endorsement deals from Nike, Wilson, ALO diamonds, to name a few.

Highest Rank2
CountryCzech Republic
BirthdayMarch 8, 1990
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles28 singles
Olympic MedalsBronze singles
Instagram@petra.kvitova / 625k followers

Cori “CoCo” Gauff

Cori

Photo Credit: @cocogauff

Teenage tennis star CoCo Gauff first burst onto the scene in 2019 when she defeated Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon after earning her way into the tournament through qualifying at the age of 15.

Her results at Wimbledon received significant media attention, resulting in her matches receiving the highest viewership the days ESPN covered them.

CoCo has consistently achieved results on the WTA tour, including her first two singles titles and a handful of doubles titles. As a young athlete, she’s received a handful of endorsements from Head, New Balance, and Barilla.

Highest Rank19
CountryUnited States
BirthdayMarch 13, 2004
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles2 singles / 3 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@cocogauff / 734k followers

Karolína Plíšková

Karolina Pliskova

Photo Credit: @karolinapliskova

Although Karolína Plíšková hasn’t won any Grand Slam titles, she’s come close on several occasions. She’s reached the finals of the US Open and Wimbledon and the semi-finals of the Australian Open and French Open.

Her consistent performance during her career has netted her 16 singles titles, which combined helped her to reach the world No. 1 ranking on July 17, 2021, a position she held for eight weeks.

Highest Rank1
CountryCzech Republic
BirthdayMarch 12, 1992
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles16 singles / 5 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@karolinapliskova / 441k followers

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens

Photo Credit: @sloanestephens

At the relatively young age of 19, Sloane Stephens burst onto the scene when she reached the Australian Open semi-finals in 2013, which was unique because she defeated world No. 3, Serena Williams, en route.

Since then, Sloane Stephens has performed consistently on the WTA tour and won six titles while gaining a substantial fan base. She also made it to the finals of the French Open in 2018.

During her career, she’s reached a world No. 6 ranking and accumulated several strong endorsements from companies like Nike, Mercedes-Benz, and American Express.

Highest Rank6
CountryUnited States
BirthdayMarch 20, 1993
Grand Slam Titles1 singles
Career Titles6 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@sloanestephens / 528k followers

Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu

Photo Credit: @biancaandreescu_

Along with her success as a young athlete, Bianca Andreescu became the highest-ranked Canadian tennis player on the WTA tour in October of 2019 as world No. 4.

Her ranking came from her success that year, where she defeated Serena Williams twice on her way to winning the Canadian Open and US Open. At 18 years old, she was the first teenage Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova in 2006.

Bianca Andresscu receives strong fan support in Canada, where she was born and Romania, due to her heritage in that country.

Highest Rank4
CountryCanada
BirthdayJune 16, 2000
Grand Slam Titles1 singles
Career Titles3 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@biancaandreescu_ / 701k followers

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin

Photo Credit: @sofia.kenin

Like many players, Sofia Kenin started playing tennis early, but she drew attention to her skills from the age of five, which is unique.

However, what put Kenin on the map was winning the Australian Open in 2020 at 21 years old, making her the youngest American woman to win a Grand Slam since Serena Willimas in 2002.

Despite some ups and downs, Sofia Kenin remains a strong competitor on tour, and endorsements from companies like Fila, Nike, Babolat, and Motorola have helped increase her fame and exposure throughout her career.

Highest Rank4
CountryUnited States
BirthdayNovember 14, 1998
Grand Slam Titles1 singles
Career Titles5 singles / 2 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@sofia.kenin / 210k followers

Iga Świątek

Iga Swiatek

Photo Credit: @iga.swiatek

Breaking onto the WTA tour in 2019 and making it to the French Open’s fourth round, Iga debuted in the top 50 at the age of 18.

However, in 2020, Iga managed to take things a step further, winning the French Open. She also earned WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year, which helped raise her exposure.

As a result of her relatively quick success on tour, Iga has earned several endorsements from companies like Asics, Red Bull, Xiamoi, and Lexus, further increasing her fame.

Highest Rank4
CountryPoland
BirthdayMay 31, 2001
Grand Slam Titles1 singles
Career Titles3 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@iga.swiatek / 460k followers

Leylah Fernandez

Leylah Fernandez

Photo Credit: @leylahannietennis

At the 2021 US Open, Leylah Fernandez made it to the finals but eventually lost to Champion and fellow teenager Emma Raducannu.

Despite the loss, Leylah Fernandez achieved international recognition, especially considering she defeated three top-5 players on her way to the finals of that tournament.

Leylah’s career is still in its infancy, but she’s quickly made a name for herself and already owns one title, which she won earlier in 2021 at the Monterrey Open in Mexico.

Highest Rank24
CountryCanada
BirthdaySeptember 6, 2002
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles1 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@leylahannietennis / 316k followers

Camila Giorgi

Camila Giorgi

Photo Credit: @camila_giorgi_official

In 2006, Camila Giorgi turned pro, and for a few years, she achieved moderate results on tour.

However, fast forward to 2012, Camila made it to the fourth round of Wimbledon, her second appearance at the Championships. The result would push her into the top 100 rankings.

In 2014, Camila found her way into the top 50 rankings after reaching the finals at two tournaments. Then in 2015, she debuted in the top 30 along with her first singles title at the Topshelf Open in Rosmalen, Netherlands.

Camila has continued her consistent performance throughout her career and logged her most impressive win at the Canadian Open, a WTA 1000 event, defeating Karolína Plíšková.

Off the court, Camila is well-known for her appearance and has a solid social media following, which has helped increase her awareness on and off the tour.

Highest Rank26
CountryItaly
BirthdayDecember 30, 1991
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles3 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@camila_giorgi_official / 511k followers

Ajla Tomljanovic

Aijla Tomljanovic

Photo Credit: @ajlatom

In December 2009, Ajla turned pro, initially playing for her birth country of Croatia. However, she eventually established a permanent residence and citizenship in Australia and has played for the country since February 2018.

Ajla has delivered consistent results on the court, earning her regular appearances in virtually all Grand Slam tournaments since 2014.

However, despite her success, she hasn’t claimed any WTA titles. Her best result is at Wimbledon, where she reached the quarterfinals in 2021. Outside of that, she’s found her way to the finals at four different tournaments.

One factor that has increased her exposure is her relationships with high-profile ATP athletes, including Nick Kyrios and Matteo Berrettini, who have career-high rankings of 13 and 7, respectively.

Highest Rank39
CountryAustralia
BirthdayMay 7, 1993
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@ajlatom / 193k followers

Madison Keys

Madison Keys

Photo Credit: @madisonkeys

American Madison Keys first joined the WTA tour in 2009 and since then has delivered consistent results on the WTA Tour.

In Grand Slam tournaments, she’s made it deep into the events on numerous occasions, including a finals appearance at the 2017 US Open, where she lost to fellow American and Sloane Stephens.

In 2016, Madison debuted in the top 10 rankings for the first time, and she remains one of the strongest competitors on tour.

Of the court, Madison has boosted her exposure through endorsements with Nike, Wilson, Evian, Acuvue, and others.

Highest Rank7
CountryUnited States
BirthdayFebruary 17, 1995
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles5 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@madisonkeys / 201k followers

Donna Vekic

Donna Vekic

Photo Credit: @donnavekic

Croatian Donna Veckic turned pro in September 2012 and, since 2013, has consistently appeared in nearly all Grand Slam tournaments.

In 2019 and 2021, she reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open, respectively. Donna has also won three titles during her career, including her most recent at the Courmayeur Open in Italy.

As a result of her success in 2019, she finished the year ranked No. 19, the highest during her career.

Off the court, Donna’s appearance has provided her with several endorsement opportunities, including Nike, Yonex, and most recently Peugeot.

Highest Rank19
CountryCroatia
BirthdayJune 28, 1996
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles3 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@donnavekic / 207k followers

Su-Wei Hsieh

Suwei Hsieh

Photo Credit: @sw.hsieh

In 2001, Su-Wei Hsieh turned pro, but it wasn’t until 2008, when she made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open, that she’d make a name for herself as the first Taiwanese player to go that far.

Since then, she’s claimed three singles titles and is well known as a challenging opponent with an unorthodox style of play.

However, beyond singles, Su-Wei Hsieh has made a name for herself in doubles with thirty titles, including four at the Grand Slam tournaments.

Overall, she’s a WTA tour veteran and well-respected by her peers.

Highest Rank23
CountryTaiwan
BirthdayJanuary 4, 1986
Grand Slam Titles4 doubles
Career Titles3 singles / 30 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@sw.hsieh / 30.7k followers

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Photo Credit: @svetlanak27

A highly accomplished player in singles and doubles, Svetlana Kuznetsova is a tour veteran who reached a career-high ranking of No. 1 on September 10, 2007.

At Grand Slam tournaments, she’s delivered some fantastic results, including a singles title at the US and French Open in 2004 and 2009, respectively. She also has two doubles Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open.

Although it’s been a while since some of her milestone achievements, Svetlana remains a highly competitive athlete and one of the best known on tour.

Highest Rank2
CountryRussia
BirthdayJune 27, 1985
Grand Slam Titles2 singles / 1 doubles
Career Titles18 singles / 16 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@svetlanak27 / 157k followers

Katie Boulter

Katie Boulter

Photo Credit: @katiecboulter

Hailing from the UK, Katie Boulter isn’t one of the game’s top competitors, but she did break into the top 100 in 2019 and has amassed a sizable fan base.

Her best results have come at Grand Slam tournaments, with a few second-round finishes, one a the Australian Open and two at Wimbledon.

Highest Rank82
CountryUnited Kingdom
BirthdayAugust 1, 1996
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@katiecboulter / 134k followers

Colleen “CoCo” Vandeweghe

Coleen

Photo Credit: @cocovandey

American Coco Vandeweghe is a former top 10 player who’s delivered solid results throughout her career.

During her best year on tour, CoCo made it to the Australian Open and the US Open semi-finals and appeared in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Beyond singles, CoCo has performed well in doubles winning the 2018 US Open with partner Ashleigh Barty, one of four doubles titles she owns.

A 2019 ankle injury slowed her results, but in 2021 she found her way into the main draw at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Highest Rank9
CountryUnited States
BirthdayDecember 6, 1991
Grand Slam Titles1 doubles
Career Titles2 singles / 4 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@cocovandey / 68.8k followers

Catherine “CiCi” Bellis

Catherine

Photo Credit: @cicibellis

Still early in her career, CiCi Bellis is an American tennis player who has a career-high ranking of No. 35, which she achieved on August 14, 2017, after a promising season.

In 2016, CiCi claimed her first and only WTA title at the Bank of West Classic in Stanford, CA.

During 2017, she reached the third round of the French Open and first round at Wimbledon and nearly defended her title at the Bank of West Classic. Based on her performance, the WTA awarded her Newcomer of the Year.

CiCi has struggled with injuries and in 2018 had surgery on her wrist, arm, and elbow.

Highest Rank35
CountryUnited States
BirthdayApril 8, 1999
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles1 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@cicibellis / 102k followers

Peng Shuai

Peng Shuai

Photo Credit: @pengshuai_fanspage

Tour veteran Peng Shuai is a tour veteran who’s seen great results in singles and doubles.

Peng became extremely well-known in China when she reached the No. 1 ranking in doubles on August 22, 2011. In doing so, she became the first Chinese player to achieve that ranking.

Peng won doubles at Wimbledon and the French Open in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and has posted consistent results in singles throughout her career.

In 2021, Peng Shuai received global media attention when she accused a former government official of sexual assault.

Highest Rank14
CountryChina
BirthdayJanuary 8, 1986
Grand Slam Titles2 doubles
Career Titles2 singles / 23 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagramn/a

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Bethanie Mattek Sands

Photo Credit: @matteksands

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands has achieved excellent results in singles and doubles.

Although she never won a singles title, she’s been a solid competitor over the years with a handful of deep runs at Grand Slams, including the fourth round at the French Open and Wimbledon.

However, for many, Bethanie is better known for her doubles results. She’s a former world No. 1 and has five doubles and four mixed doubles Grand Slam titles to her name.

Bethanie’s bubbly personality and eccentric fashion choices, along with her excellent on-court performance, have made her a highly recognizable player with a dedicated fan base.

Highest Rank30
CountryUnited States
BirthdayMarch 23, 1985
Grand Slam Titles5 doubles / 4 mixed doubles
Career Titles27 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold mixed doubles
Instagram@matteksands / 161k followers

Retired Female Tennis Players

The following tennis players are retired from the sport, and many are no longer with us.

Hopefully, resources like this one do their small part to help keep their memory, accomplishments, and influence on our sport alive.

As a side note, although I’ve included Olympic accomplishments for each player, tennis was dropped as a sport in 1924 and added back in 1988, so many players in this list never had the opportunity to compete.

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf

Photo Credit: @usopen

One of the greatest female tennis players of all time, Steffi Graf, is a legend of the sport.

In October 1982, she went pro, and throughout her career, she broke numerous records and claimed one of the highest title counts of any player in history.

Steffi won 107 singles titles, 22 of which were Grand Slam tournaments. She’s also one of only five players to complete a Grand Slam, winning all five majors in a single season.

On top of it all, she ended up marrying Andre Aggasi, one of the greatest male tennis players of all time and is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable players in history.

In 2004, Steffi Graf was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryGermany
BirthdayJune 14, 1969
Grand Slam Titles22 singles / 1 doubles
Career Titles107 singles / 11 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold and silver singles, Bronze doubles
Instagram@(fan page) / 21.9k followers

Margaret Court

Margaret Court

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Margaret Court is considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player of all time, and for a good reason.

She holds the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles at 23 and earned 19 victories at Grand Slam events. In total, Margaret has 192 titles to her name.

One factor that makes her accomplishments unique is that her records span the amateur and open eras, which tends to lead to some debate regarding whether she’s truly the best player ever to play the sport or not.

At the Australian Open, she even has a stadium named after her. In recent years, Margaret has received significant media attention due to her negative LGBTQ views.

In 1979, Margaret Court was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryAustralia
BirthdayJuly 16, 1942
Grand Slam Titles23 singles / 19 doubles / 21 mixed doubles
Career Titles192 (92 Open Era)
Olympic Medalsn/a
Instagramn/a

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

Photo Credit: @tennishallofame

Like Steffi and Margaret, Martina’s achievements in tennis are staggering, and she’s one of the most famous female tennis players as a result.

She holds 18 singles and 31 doubles Grand Slam titles, a fraction of her total titles in both disciplines. She’s also a former world No.1 in singles and doubles.

These days, Martina makes regular appearances commentating for tennis tournaments and remains actively involved in and around the sport, which has helped her maintain exposure to fans worldwide.

In 2000, Martina Navrativola was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryCzechoslovakia
BirthdayOctober 18, 1956
Grand Slam Titles18 singles / 31 doubles / 10 mixed doubles
Career Titles167 singles / 177 doubles
Olympic Medalsn/a
Instagram@martinanavratilova / 36.1k followers

Chris Evert

Chris Evert

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American Chris Evert is a former world No. 1 tennis player and sports broadcaster whose significant achievements are some of the greatest in history.

She won 157 titles during her career, including 18 Grand Slam tournaments, and was accomplished in doubles too.

For 11 years, Chris Evert was the president of the WTA, and she’s a sports analyst and broadcaster.

In 1995, Chris Evert was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryUnited States
BirthdayDecember 21, 1954
Grand Slam Titles18 singles / 3 doubles /3 mixed doubles
Career Titles157 singles / 32 doubles
Olympic Medalsn/a
Instagram@chrissieevert / 45.8k followers

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

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For several reasons, Billie Jean King is one of the most recognizable names in tennis.

First, she recorded some of the best results in tennis, including 12 Grand Slam singles titles and a world No. 1 ranking.

In 1970, Billie Jean King was also a member of the Original 9 who stood against the disparity in prize money for female tennis players.

Furthermore, in 1973, Billie defeated Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, garnering thousands of spectators and millions watching on TV.

These days Billie Jean King remains heavily involved with the sport and has continually pushed for gender equality and equal prize money for women.

In 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center rebranded as the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, helping to give her name even wider recognition.

In 1987, Billie Jean King was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryUnited States
BirthdayNovember 22, 1943
Grand Slam Titles12 singles / 16 doubles /11 mixed doubles
Career Titles129 singles
Olympic Medalsn/a
Instagram@billiejeanking / 109k followers

Monica Seles

Monica Seles

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Monica Seles officially retired in 2008 with a stellar career.

She holds 10 Grand Slam singles titles and ascended to world No. 1 for the first time in March of 1991.

Her skills were arguably some of the best, but a tragic stabbing event in 1993 derailed her career. Although she did return to tennis in 1994, she never quite regained her prior form that was so incredibly consistent before the attack.

Despite that, she continued to play for years and made many deep runs at the Grand Slam events.

In 2009, Monica Seles was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryYugoslavia
BirthdayDecember 2, 1973
Grand Slam Titles10 singles
Career Titles53 singles / 6 doubles
Olympic MedalsBronze singles
Instagram@monicaseles10s / 15k followers

Justine Henin

Justine Henin

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Belgium tennis star Justine Henin remains one of the best to play the game and delivered consistent results throughout her career.

She’s a seven-time Grand Slam winner in singles and reached the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in October of 2003.

Justine is particularly well known for her one-handed backhand, during a time when the two-handed backhand was taking over.

Highest Rank1
CountryBelgium
BirthdayJune 1, 1982
Grand Slam Titles7 singles
Career Titles43 singles / 2 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold singles
Instagram@justineheninacademy (academy) / 8k followers

Evonne Goolagong

Evonne Goolagong

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Australian Evonne Goolagong is a highly successful female tennis player who retired in 1983.

As a former world No. 1, she won seven Grand Slam singles events and six in doubles.

In 1988, Evonne Goolagong was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryAustralia
BirthdayJuly 31, 1951
Grand Slam Titles7 singles, 6 doubles, 1 mixed doubles
Career Titles86 singles, 46 doubles
Olympic Medalsn/a
Instagramn/a

Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis

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Former world No. 1, Martina Hingis, is an exceptional player from Switzerland who enjoyed strong results in singles and doubles.

Martina won five Grand Slam tournaments in singles and thirteen in doubles. In total, she accumulated 43 singles and 64 doubles titles.

In 2007, Martina made headlines when she tested positive for a banned substance, which despite very low levels, she subsequently received a two-year ban from the sport.

Furthermore, Martina’s career is noteworthy because she retired twice and officially left the game in 2017.

In 2013, Martina Hingis was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountrySwitzerland
BirthdaySeptember 30, 1983
Grand Slam Titles5 singles / 13 doubles / 7 mixed doubles
Career Titles43 singles / 64 doubles
Olympic MedalsSilver doubles
Instagram@martinahingis80 / 298k followers

Lindsay Davenport

Lindsay Davenport

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American Lindsay Davenport had a long career that started in 1993 and lasted until 2010.

During her time as a professional athlete, she reached the world No. 1 ranking and won six Grand Slam titles, three in singles and doubles.

Linsday Davenport also gained national recognition during her 1996 triumph at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, winning gold in singles.

Lindsay has remained visible in recent years through her coaching career with active player Madison Keys.

Highest Rank1
CountryUnited States
BirthdayJune 8, 1976
Grand Slam Titles3 singles / 3 doubles
Career Titles55 singles / 38 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold singles
Instagramn/a

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

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Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki retired recently during the 2020 season after a successful career on the WTA tour that started in 2005.

Her only singles title came at the Australian Open in 2018, but she came close to winning the US Open twice as a finalist in 2009 and 2014. In October 2010, Caroline ascended to world No. 1.

Caroline is also well known for her multiple stints as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Furthermore, her relationships have garnered attention, including her engagement to Rory Mcllroy, which he broke off.

Caroline eventually married former NBA basketball player David Lee.

Highest Rank1
CountryDenmark
BirthdayJuly 11, 1990
Grand Slam Titles1 singles
Career Titles30 singles / 1 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@carowozniacki / 1.4m followers

Amélie Mauresmo

Amelie Mauresmo

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French tennis player Amélie Mauresmo turned pro in 1993 and eventually retired in 2009.

She’s a two-time Grand Slam winner at the Australian and US Open and reached the No. 1 ranking in the world in 2004.

In total, she won 25 singles titles and came close to winning in doubles at Wimbledon, reaching the finals in 2005.

Highest Rank1
CountryFrance
BirthdayJuly 5, 1979
Grand Slam Titles2 singles
Career Titles25 singles / 3 doubles
Olympic MedalsSilver singles
Instagram@amemauresmo79 / 28k followers

Dinara Safina

Dinara Safina

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In 2000, Dinara Safina turned pro, and her consistent performance over the years brought her most significant achievement of world No. 1 in 2009.

Dinara never managed to win a Grand Slam, but she came close on several occasions, reaching the finals of the Australian Open once and the French Open twice.

However, in 2007, Dinara did win the US Open doubles with partner Nathalie Dechy. In 2008, she won a silver medal at the Olympics.

Highest Rank1
CountryRussia
BirthdayApril 27, 1986
Grand Slam Titles1 doubles
Career Titles12 singles / 9 doubles
Olympic MedalsSilver singles
Instagram@dinarasafinaofficial / 30k followers

Tracy Austin

Tracy Austin

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American Tracy Austin had an excellent career, seeing her capture two Grand Slam victories at the US Open in 1979 and 1981.

Not long after her first US Open triumph, Tracy reached the world No. raking in April 1980.

Since retiring, Tracy has gained additional exposure as a commentator at many Grand Slam events, including the French, US, and Australian Open.

Highest Rank1
CountryUnited States
BirthdayDecember 12, 1962
Grand Slam Titles2 singles
Career Titles30 singles / 5 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@tracyaustin_ / 5k followers

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

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Russian Maria Sharapova made a name for herself in tennis, but her influence extends far beyond the sport.

Maria is a five-time singles Grand Slam Champion who reached the world No. 1 ranking in 2005. In 2012, she captured a silver medal at the Olympics in London.

On the back of her tennis results and physical appearance, Maria received some of the most lucrative sponsorships of any female athlete in history. As a result, she became the world’s highest-paid female athlete for 11 consecutive years. In 2006, Sports Illustrated also featured her in their Swimsuit Issue.

Toward the end of her career, Maria tested positive for a banned substance, leading to a 15-month suspension from professional tennis. Although she returned to the sport, her best results were behind her, and she eventually retired in 2020.

Highest Rank1
CountryRussia
BirthdayApril 19, 1987
Grand Slam Titles5 singles
Career Titles36 singles / 3 doubles
Olympic MedalsSilver singles
Instagram@mariasharapova / 4.1m followers

Jelena Janković

Jelena Jankovic

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Serbian tennis player Jelena Janković is a former world No. 1 tennis player who enjoyed significant success throughout her career.

Although she never captured a Grand Slam title in singles, she came closest in 2008 as a US Open finalist, where she lost to Serena Williams. However, it’s worth noting that Jelena did win one Grand Slam event in mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2007 with Jamie Murray.

From 2004 to 2017, Jelena participated in every Grand Slam tournament, with her best years from 2006 to 2010. She also reached over 600 wins throughout her career, ending at 644.

Back surgery in 2017 effectively ended her career as she has not played a professional match since.

Highest Rank1
CountrySerbia
BirthdayFebruary 28, 1985
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles15 singles / 2 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@jjelicious / 60k followers

Jennifer Capriati

Jennifer Capriati

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American Jennifer Capriati was a successful female tennis player who went pro in 1990 and stayed on tour until 2004.

She won three Grand Slam titles during her career, including the Australian Open twice and the French Open once.

In October 2001, her most successful year on tour, she reached the world’s No. 1 ranking.

Off the court, Jennifer has a few odd events that made headlines, including a drug overdose in 2010.

In 2012, Jennifer Capriati was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryUnited States
BirthdayMarch 29, 1976
Grand Slam Titles3 singles
Career Titles14 singles / 1 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold singles
Instagramn/a

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Arantxa Sanches Vicario

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Spanish tennis player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario had an early start when she defeated world No. 1, Steffi Graf, at the French Open at only 17 years old in 1989.

Arantxa would claim a total of four singles titles, but she was also a finalist in an additional four Grand Slam events. Furthermore, she would achieve the world No. 1 ranking in February of 1995.

Outside of singles, Arantxa was also highly accomplished in doubles with a total of 69 titles, including six Grand Slam victories.

In 2007, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountrySpain
BirthdayDecember 18, 1971
Grand Slam Titles4 singles / 6 doubles / 4 mixed doubles
Career Titles29 singles / 69 doubles
Olympic MedalsSilver singles and doubles / Bronze singles and doubles
Instagramn/a

Ana Ivanovic

Anna Ivanovic

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Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic is a former world No. 1 tennis player who won 15 singles titles throughout her career.

Her most significant win came a few years after turning pro in 2003 when she won the French Open in 2008. She was a finalist at the tournament the prior year and also made the finals of the Australian Open in 2008.

From 2005 to 2016, Ana didn’t miss a Grand Slam event for a total of 48 appearances.

Beyond the court, Ana has made various appearances in magazines, which have helped increase her exposure. Examples include Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, FHM, and Vanity Fair.

Highest Rank1
CountrySerbia
BirthdayNovember 6, 1987
Grand Slam Titles1 singles
Career Titles15 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@anaivanovic / 1.4m followers

Li Na

Li Na

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Chinese tennis player Li Na led a successful career as a professional tennis player from 1999 to 2014.

In 2011, she became the first Grand Slam singles champion from Asia when she won the French Open. In 2014, she won her second at the Australian Open.

Due to her success as an Asian tennis player, she became one of the most famous athletes in the world with broad marketability.

In 2013, she appeared on the cover of Time magazine, recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. Forbes also named her to their Celebrity 100 list, recognizing the highest-paid athletes in the world.

In 2019, Li Na was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank2
CountryChina
BirthdayFebruary 26, 1982
Grand Slam Titles2 singles
Career Titles9 singles / 2 doubles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@lina_tennis / 1k followers

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta

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Although Johanna Konta never captured some of the most significant achievements in the sport, she’s well known as former British No. 1 who reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in 2017.

Her best result at a Grand Slam is the semi-finals, which she reached at every tournament except the US Open, where she made it to the quarters on one occasion.

Johanna is the most recent retiree on our list of players, leaving the sport in December 2021.

Highest Rank4
CountryGreat Britain
BirthdayMay 17, 1991
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles4 singles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@johannakonta / 154k followers

Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova

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Although Anna Kournikova received harsh criticism over the years for her off-court endeavors and modeling, she made a strong name for herself and is one of the most recognizable names in tennis.

Anna started her career in 1995 and delivered decent performances in singles with a career-best semi-final appearance at Wimbledon in 1997. She was never able to win a title in singles. However, despite that, she did achieve a top 10 ranking.

Her most notable results came in doubles while partnered with Martina Hingis. Together they won the Australian Open in 1999 and 2002.

Outside of tennis, Anna appeared in several magazines, including Sports Illustrates Swimsuit Issue, People, and FHM, to name a few.

Anna is also well known for having a long-term relationship with Enrique Iglesias.

Highest Rank8
CountryRussia
BirthdayJune 7, 1981
Grand Slam Titles
Career Titles
Olympic Medals
Instagram@annakournikova / 1.7m followers

Helen Wills Moody

Hellen Wills Moody

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You have to look back quite a ways to recognize Hellen Willis’ achievements, but she goes down as one of the most prolific female tennis players in history.

She won 31 Grand Slam tournaments across singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Furthermore, she became the No. 1 tennis player and held that position for an astonishing nine years.

During that period, she had a 180 match winning streak, which is somewhat hard to fathom.

As a result of her success, she became a global celebrity and went down as one of the best in history.

In 1959, Helen Wills Moody was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryUnited States
BirthdayOctober 6, 1905
Grand Slam Titles19 singles / 9 doubles / 3 mixed doubles
Career TitlesUnknown
Olympic MedalsGold singles / Gold doubles
Instagramn/a

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly

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American Maureen Connolly’s career as an amateur tennis player goes down as one of the most successful, despite her career being cut short by a horseback riding accident.

Maureen won nine singles Grand Slam events, two in doubles and one in mixed doubles. She also was recognized as the world’s No. 1 female tennis player in 1952.

Furthermore, Maureen Connolly is one of only five players to complete a Grand Slam, where she won every major tournament in 1953. Her dominance was significant and undoubtedly would have extended further if not for the riding accident.

In 1968, Maureen was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryUnited States
BirthdaySeptember 17, 1934
Grand Slam Titles9 singles / 2 doubles / 1 mixed doubles
Career TitlesUnknown
Olympic Medalsn/a
Instagramn/a

Molla Mallory

Molla Mallory

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Norwegian tennis player Malloa Mallory is one of the tennis’ first celebrities, having played in the early 1900s.

At the time, the Australian Open hadn’t begun, and during some of her most successful years of the tour, the French Open and Wimbledon didn’t occur due to World War 1.

By far, her most significant accomplishments occurred at the US Open, then called the US National Championships. She won the tournament eight times, including four consecutive from 1915 to 1918.

In 1958, Molla Mallory was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryNorway
BirthdayMarch 6, 1984
Grand Slam Titles8 singles / 2 doubles / 3 mixed doubles
Career TitlesUnknown
Olympic MedalsBronze singles
Instagramn/a

Suzanne Lenglen

Suzanne Lenglen

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French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen is famous for her success on the court and her decision to turn pro in 1926.

During her career, she won eight singles and eight doubles Grand Slam events and became recognized as the No. 1 player in 1921.

In 1926, Suzanne Lenglen played the Match of the Century, defeating Helen Willis. Suzanne prevailed, winning in straight sets.

After a series of misunderstandings at Wimbledon in 1925, she decided to turn pro to earn money playing tennis, a decision that led to significant criticism.

In 1978, Suzanne Lenglen was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryFrance
BirthdayJuly 4, 1983
Grand Slam Titles8 singles / 8 doubles / 5 mixed doubles
Career Titles83 singles / 74 doubles
Olympic MedalsGold singles / Bronze doubles
Instagramn/a

Maria Bueno

Maria Bueno

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Maria Bueno is the most successful South American female tennis player in history, which doesn’t surprise most when they consider her achievements on the court.

Maria’s success kicked off in 1958, but she didn’t win her first major until 1959 at Wimbledon, which she followed up with a title at the US Open.

One of Maria’s most unique achievements came in 1960 when she won a Grand Slam in doubles, the first woman ever to achieve the feat. She also became the No. 1 ranked female tennis player in 1959.

In 1978, Maria Bueno was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank1
CountryBrazil
BirthdayOctober 11, 1939
Grand Slam Titles7 singles / 11 doubles / 1 mixed doubles
Career TitlesUnknown
Olympic Medalsn/a
Instagramn/a

Gabriella Sabatini

Gabriela Sabatini

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Argentinian Gabriella Sabatini turned pro in 1985 and enjoyed a successful, albeit somewhat short, career on tour before retiring in 1996.

Although her Grand Slam count doesn’t show it, she was highly successful at these events with nine semi-final appearances and a finals appearance at Wimbledon.

Her success lifted her ranking to a career-high of No. 3 in 1989, the year before she’d win the title at the US Open in 1990.

In 2006, Gabriella was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank3
CountryArgentina
BirthdayMay 16, 1970
Grand Slam Titles1 singles / 1 doubles
Career Titles27 singles / 14 doubles
Olympic MedalsSilver singles
Instagram@sabatinigaby / 258k followers

Jana Novotná

Jana Novotna

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In 1987, Jana Novotná joined the professional tour, which she continued until 1999.

Her best result in singles came in 1998 at Wimbledon, but she made a handful of additional deep runs at the other Grand Slam events.

However, Jana’s most significant achievements came in doubles as a 12 time Grand Slam Champion who amassed 76 titles in the discipline.

In 2005, Jana Novotná was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Highest Rank2
CountryCzech Republic
BirthdayOctober 2, 1968
Grand Slam Titles1 singles / 12 doubles
Career Titles24 singles / 76 doubles
Olympic MedalsSilver x2 doubles, Bronze singles
Instagramn/a

List of Female No. 1s in Singles

Reaching the No. 1 ranking in tennis doesn’t happen by chance. A player needs to earn it through consistent performance for an extended period, enabling them to accumulate enough points to reach the top spot.

In 1975, the WTA started using computers for rankings, and since then, only 27 female tennis players have achieved that ranking. Considering the time frame, it’s a relatively shortlist. However, that’s primarily due to the women who reach wold No. 1 dominating so heavily.

Here’s a complete list of former and active female No. 1s in singles. Of course, by reaching the No. 1 ranking, a player receives massive exposure, making these women some of the best-known in the history of our sport.

PlayerCountryTotal Weeks at No. 1
Steffi GrafGermany377
Martina NavratilovaUnited Sates332
Serena WilliamsUnited Sates319
Chris EvertUnited Sates260
Martina HingisSwitzerland209
Monica SelesUnited Sates178
Justine HeninBelgium117
Ashleigh BartyAustralia109
Lindsay DavenportUnited Sates98
Caroline WozniackiDenmark71
Simona HalepRomania64
Victoria AzarenkaBelarus51
Amélie MauresmoFrance39
Angelique KerberGermany34
Dinara SafinaRussia26
Naomi OsakaJapan25
Tracy AustinUnited Sates21
Maria SharapovaRussia21
Kim ClijstersBelgium20
Jelena JankovićSerbia18
Jennifer CapriatiUnited Sates17
Arantxa Sánchez VicarioSpain12
Ana IvanovicSerbia12
Venus WilliamsUnited Sates11
Karolína PlíškováCzech Republic8
Garbiñe MuguruzaSpain4
Evonne Goolagong CawleyAustralia2

List of Female No. 1s in Doubles

Although more ladies have reached the top spot in doubles than singles, it remains a fairly shortlist, with only 45 players hitting the top spot since 1975 when computerized rankings kicked in.

However, the world’s No. 1 ranking is unique in doubles because players can achieve it by playing with various partners.

Here’s a complete list of former and active female No. 1s in doubles. As you’ll notice, many of the former world No. 1 players in singles also achieved the feat in doubles.

PlayerCountryTotal Weeks at No. 1
Martina NavratilovaUnited Sates237
Liezel HuberUnited Sates199
Cara BlackZimbabwe163
Lisa RaymondUnited Sates137
Natasha ZverevaBelarus124
Arantxa Sánchez VicarioSpain111
Roberta VinciItaly110
Sania MirzaIndia91
Martina HingisSwitzerland90
Sara ErraniItaly87
Paola SuárezArgentina87
Gigi FernándezUnited Sates80
Helena SukováCzech Republic68
Jana NovotnáCzech Republic67
Virginia Ruano PascualSpain65
Samantha StosurAustralia61
Pam ShriverUnited Sates48
Hsieh Su-weiChina47
Ai SugiyamaJapan45
Kateřina SiniakováCzech Republic41
Latisha ChanChina34
Lindsay DavenportUnited Sates32
Bethanie Mattek-SandsUnited Sates32
Barbora StrýcováCzech Republic27
Gisela DulkoArgentina24
Peng ShuaiChina20
Barbora KrejčíkováCzech Republic19
Flavia PennettaItaly18
Julie Halard-DecugisFrance14
Tímea BabosHungary13
Elise MertensBelgium13
Kristina MladenovicFrance12
Anna KournikovaRussia10
Květa PeschkeCzech Republic10
Katarina SrebotnikSlovenia10
Serena WilliamsUnited Sates8
Venus WilliamsUnited Sates8
Corina MorariuUnited Sates7
Lucie ŠafářováCzech Republic6
Aryna SabalenkaBelaurs6
Ekaterina MakarovaRussia5
Elena VesninaRussia5
Kim ClijstersBelgium4
Larisa NeilandLatvia4
Rennae StubbsAustralia3

Although doubles tennis doesn’t get as much attention as singles, these women are still some of the most famous ever to play the sport.

Female Grand Slam Champions

The Grand Slam tournaments, including the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, are some of the most significant sporting events in the world.

As a result, when a player wins one of these events, they achieve lots of attention that garners overnight fame for many, especially first-timers.

With that in mind, you’ll likely recognize many players on our past Grand Slam Champions list. However, depending on how closely you follow the sport, many may not be familiar.

Regardless, these women are some of the finest athletes ever to play the sport and are well worth checking out.

YearAustralian OpenFrench OpenWimbledonUS Open
1884Maud Watson
1885Maud Watson
1886Blanche Bingley Hillyard
1887Lottie DodEllen Hansell
1888Lottie DodBertha Townsend
1889Blanche Bingley HillyardBertha Townsend
1890Helen RiceEllen Roosevelt
1891Lottie DodMabel Cahill
1892Lottie DodMabel Cahill
1893Lottie DodAline Terry
1894Blanche Bingley HillyardHelen Hellwig
1895Charlotte Cooper SterryJuliette Atkinson
1896Charlotte Cooper SterryElisabeth Moore
1897Adine MassonBlanche Bingley HillyardJuliette Atkinson
1898Adine MassonCharlotte Cooper SterryJuliette Atkinson
1899Adine MassonBlanche Bingley HillyardMarion Jones
1900Yvonne PrévostBlanche Bingley HillyardMyrtle McAteer
1901Suzanne GirodCharlotte Cooper SterryElisabeth Moore
1902Adine MassonMuriel RobbMarion Jones
1903Adine MassonDorothea Lambert ChambersElisabeth Moore
1904Kate GillouDorothea Lambert ChambersMay Sutton
1905Kate GillouMay SuttonElisabeth Moore
1906Kate Gillou-FenwickDorothea Lambert ChambersHelen Homans
1907Comtesse de KermelMay SuttonEvelyn Sears
1908Kate Gillou-FenwickCharlotte Cooper SterryMaud Barger-Wallach
1909Jeanne MattheyDora BoothbyHazel Hotchkiss Wightman
1910Jeanne MattheyDorothea Lambert ChambersHazel Hotchkiss Wightman
1911Jeanne MattheyDorothea Lambert ChambersHazel Hotchkiss Wightman
1912Jeanne MattheyEthel Thomson LarcombeMary Browne
1913Marguerite BroquedisDorothea Lambert ChambersMary Browne
1914Marguerite BroquedisDorothea Lambert ChambersMary Browne
1915World War IWorld War IMolla Bjurstedt Mallory
1916World War IWorld War IMolla Bjurstedt Mallory
1917World War IWorld War IMolla Bjurstedt Mallory
1918World War IWorld War IMolla Bjurstedt Mallory
1919World War ISuzanne LenglenHazel Hotchkiss Wightman
1920Suzanne LenglenSuzanne LenglenMolla Bjurstedt Mallory
1921Suzanne LenglenSuzanne LenglenMolla Bjurstedt Mallory
1922Margaret MolesworthSuzanne LenglenSuzanne LenglenMolla Bjurstedt Mallory
1923Margaret MolesworthSuzanne LenglenSuzanne LenglenHelen Wills Moody
1924Sylvia Lance HarperJulie VlastoKathleen McKane GodfreeHelen Wills Moody
1925Daphne AkhurstSuzanne LenglenSuzanne LenglenHelen Wills Moody
1926Daphne AkhurstSuzanne LenglenKathleen McKane GodfreeMolla Bjurstedt Mallory
1927Esna Boyd RobertsonKornelia BoumanHelen Wills MoodyHelen Wills Moody
1928Daphne AkhurstHelen Wills MoodyHelen Wills MoodyHelen Wills Moody
1929Daphne AkhurstHelen Wills MoodyHelen Wills MoodyHelen Wills Moody
1930Daphne AkhurstHelen Wills MoodyHelen Wills MoodyBetty Nuthall
1931Coral McInnes ButtsworthCilly AussemCilly AussemHelen Wills Moody
1932Coral McInnes ButtsworthHelen Wills MoodyHelen Wills MoodyHelen Jacobs
1933Joan HartiganMargaret ScrivenHelen Wills MoodyHelen Jacobs
1934Joan HartiganMargaret ScrivenDorothy RoundHelen Jacobs
1935Dorothy RoundHilde Krahwinkel SperlingHelen Wills MoodyHelen Jacobs
1936Joan HartiganHilde Krahwinkel SperlingHelen JacobsAlice Marble
1937Nancye WynneHilde Krahwinkel SperlingDorothy RoundAnita Lizana
1938Dorothy CheneySimonne MathieuHelen Wills MoodyAlice Marble
1939Emily Hood WestacottSimonne MathieuAlice MarbleAlice Marble
1940Nancye Wynne BoltonTournament cancelledWorld War IIAlice Marble
1941World War IIAlice WeiwersWorld War IISarah Palfrey Cooke
1942World War IIAlice WeiwersWorld War IIPauline Betz
1943World War IISimone Iribarne LafargueWorld War IIPauline Betz
1944World War IIRaymonde Veber JonesWorld War IIPauline Betz
1945World War IILolette PayotWorld War IISarah Palfrey Cooke
1946Nancye Wynne BoltonMargaret OsbornePauline BetzPauline Betz
1947Nancye Wynne BoltonPatricia Canning ToddMargaret OsborneLouise Brough
1948Nancye Wynne BoltonNelly LandryLouise BroughMargaret Osborne
1949Doris HartMargaret OsborneLouise BroughMargaret Osborne
1950Louise BroughDoris HartLouise BroughMargaret Osborne
1951Nancye Wynne BoltonShirley FryDoris HartMaureen Connolly
1952Thelma Coyne LongDoris HartMaureen ConnollyMaureen Connolly
1953Maureen ConnollyMaureen ConnollyMaureen ConnollyMaureen Connolly
1954Thelma Coyne LongMaureen ConnollyMaureen ConnollyDoris Hart
1955Beryl PenroseAngela MortimerLouise BroughDoris Hart
1956Mary Carter ReitanoAlthea GibsonShirley FryShirley Fry
1957Shirley FryShirley BloomerAlthea GibsonAlthea Gibson
1958Angela MortimerZsuzsa KörmöczyAlthea GibsonAlthea Gibson
1959Mary Carter ReitanoChristine TrumanMaria BuenoMaria Bueno
1960Margaret CourtDarlene HardMaria BuenoDarlene Hard
1961Margaret CourtAnn Haydon-JonesAngela MortimerDarlene Hard
1962Margaret CourtMargaret CourtKaren Hantze SusmanMargaret Court
1963Margaret CourtLesley TurnerMargaret CourtMaria Bueno
1964Margaret CourtMargaret CourtMaria BuenoMaria Bueno
1965Margaret CourtLesley TurnerMargaret CourtMargaret Court
1966Margaret CourtAnn Haydon-JonesBillie Jean KingMaria Bueno
1967Nancy RicheyFrançoise DürrBillie Jean KingBillie Jean King
1968Billie Jean KingNancy RicheyBillie Jean KingVirginia Wade
1969Margaret CourtMargaret CourtAnn Haydon-JonesMargaret Court
1970Margaret CourtMargaret CourtMargaret CourtMargaret Court
1971Margaret CourtEvonne GoolagongEvonne GoolagongBillie Jean King
1972Virginia WadeBillie Jean KingBillie Jean KingBillie Jean King
1973Margaret CourtMargaret CourtBillie Jean KingMargaret Court
1974Evonne GoolagongChris EvertChris EvertBillie Jean King
1975Evonne GoolagongChris EvertBillie Jean KingChris Evert
1976Evonne GoolagongSue BarkerChris EvertChris Evert
1977Kerry Melville Reid (Jan)
Evonne Goolagong (Dec)
Mima JaušovecVirginia WadeChris Evert
1978Chris O’NeilVirginia RuziciMartina NavratilovaChris Evert
1979Barbara JordanChris EvertMartina NavratilovaTracy Austin
1980Hana MandlíkováChris EvertEvonne GoolagongChris Evert
1981Martina NavratilovaHana MandlíkováChris EvertTracy Austin
1982Chris EvertMartina NavratilovaMartina NavratilovaChris Evert
1983Martina NavratilovaChris EvertMartina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
1984Chris EvertMartina NavratilovaMartina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
1985Martina NavratilovaChris EvertMartina NavratilovaHana Mandlíková
1986Tournament date changedChris EvertMartina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
1987Hana MandlíkováSteffi GrafMartina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
1988Steffi GrafSteffi GrafSteffi GrafSteffi Graf
1989Steffi GrafArantxa Sánchez VicarioSteffi GrafSteffi Graf
1990Steffi GrafMonica SelesMartina NavratilovaGabriela Sabatini
1991Monica SelesMonica SelesSteffi GrafMonica Seles
1992Monica SelesMonica SelesSteffi GrafMonica Seles
1993Monica SelesSteffi GrafSteffi GrafSteffi Graf
1994Steffi GrafArantxa Sánchez VicarioConchita MartínezArantxa Sánchez Vicario
1995Mary PierceSteffi GrafSteffi GrafSteffi Graf
1996Monica SelesSteffi GrafSteffi GrafSteffi Graf
1997Martina HingisIva MajoliMartina HingisMartina Hingis
1998Martina HingisArantxa Sánchez VicarioJana NovotnáLindsay Davenport
1999Martina HingisSteffi GrafLindsay DavenportSerena Williams
2000Lindsay DavenportMary PierceVenus WilliamsVenus Williams
2001Jennifer CapriatiJennifer CapriatiVenus WilliamsVenus Williams
2002Jennifer CapriatiSerena WilliamsSerena WilliamsSerena Williams
2003Serena WilliamsJustine HeninSerena WilliamsJustine Henin
2004Justine HeninAnastasia MyskinaMaria SharapovaSvetlana Kuznetsova
2005Serena WilliamsJustine HeninVenus WilliamsKim Clijsters
2006Amélie MauresmoJustine HeninAmélie MauresmoMaria Sharapova
2007Serena WilliamsJustine HeninVenus WilliamsJustine Henin
2008Maria SharapovaAna IvanovicVenus WilliamsSerena Williams
2009Serena WilliamsSvetlana KuznetsovaSerena WilliamsKim Clijsters
2010Serena WilliamsFrancesca SchiavoneSerena WilliamsKim Clijsters
2011Kim ClijstersLi NaPetra KvitováSamantha Stosur
2012Victoria AzarenkaMaria SharapovaSerena WilliamsSerena Williams
2013Victoria AzarenkaSerena WilliamsMarion BartoliSerena Williams
2014Li NaMaria SharapovaPetra KvitováSerena Williams
2015Serena WilliamsSerena WilliamsSerena WilliamsFlavia Pennetta
2016Angelique KerberGarbiñe MuguruzaSerena WilliamsAngelique Kerber
2017Serena WilliamsJeļena OstapenkoGarbiñe MuguruzaSloane Stephens
2018Caroline WozniackiSimona HalepAngelique KerberNaomi Osaka
2019Naomi OsakaAshleigh BartySimona HalepBianca Andreescu
2020Sofia KeninIga ŚwiątekTournament cancelledNaomi Osaka
2021Naomi OsakaBarbora KrejčíkováAshleigh BartyEmma Raducanu

Wrapping Up

Tennis is truly a worldwide sport, so many of the top female athletes who perform well become some of the most well-known names in the world.

Of course, like anything, if you’re not paying close attention, there’s likely more than a handful of players that you’ll have missed.

Hopefully, our list of female tennis players helps fill in those gaps and gives you exposure to some of the biggest names that we think are worth learning more about or, at the very least, becoming familiar with them.

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