Women epitomize power, dedication and strength. No wonder they have breakaway all limitations and societal norms and excelled radically in sports. Tennis is one field of sports where women have had a strong foothold since time immemorial. Listed here are the 5 most powerful women tennis players of all time.
1. Serena Williams
Serene Williams, an American tennis player, is ranked No.1 in Women’s Singles Tennis. She has been ranked as No.1 in singles on six different occasions. As of September 14, 2015, she is placed at 4th position on the List of WTA Number 1 Ranked Players. She is the champion of the French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic Women’s Singles and Doubles. According to some sports writers, commentators and tennis players, Serene Williams is the greatest women tennis players of all time.
2. Maria Sharapova
The popular Russian tennis player is ranked world’s No. 3 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and is one of the greatest players of all times. She has also been ranked No.1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions for 21 weeks. She is one of the ten women and the only Russian tennis player to hold the Grand Slam. She is also a medalist in Olympics. Sharapova has won at least 1 singles title every year from 2003 to 2015, a record only bested by players like Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Chris Evert. Several experts consider her to be one of the best that tennis has ever seen.
3. Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf is a former World No.1 tennis player and one of the greatest of all times. During her span of career, she has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, which is second to Margaret Court (24 Grand Slam singles titles). She has been ranked No.1 by the WTA for a record of 377 weeks, the longest period for both male and female tennis players. She is the first and only tennis player to achieve Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year. She was noted for her versatility across all playing surfaces and is best known for her powerful forehand drive and footwork.
4. Martina Navratilova
A veteran tennis player, Martina Navratilova was selected as the greatest women tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005. She is one of the most powerful players the sport has ever seen, and was World No.1 for a total of 332 weeks in singles and record of 237 weeks in doubles. She had won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 10 major mixed doubles titles and 31 major women’s doubles titles. She has also won the Wimbledon women’s singles title for a record 9 times.
5. Chris Evert
The former World No.1 tennis player from the United States is undoubtedly one of the best so far. She has won 18 Grand Slam titles and had reached the finals of 34 Grand Slam finals, more than any tennis player, male or female.