6 Top Women’s Tennis Players of All Time
Though tennis champ Serena Williams is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and has a multitude of wins under her belt — 641 as a singles player, to be exact — she says she doesn’t consider herself the greatest player of all time. “Maybe top five, but definitely not number one,” Williams said. “I’m not the greatest player. I’m still playing and I’m still trying to reach records.”
Despite Williams’s modesty, she will undoubtedly eventually grace this list. We took a look at some of the other greats in the game to see how she sized up.
1. Steffi Graf
The International Tennis Hall of Fame called Graf a “champion of the highest order,” and few would disagree. Through the 1980s and ’90s, Graf became the only tennis player to capture every major tournament at least four times, including the so-called “Golden Grand Slam” in 1988. Known for her cool demeanor, Graf landed twenty-two Slams, 107 titles and 377 weeks as the world No. 1. As evidenced by having won each of the four Grand Slams at least four times, Graf was extremely versatile across all surfaces: “Steffi is the best all-around player of all time, regardless of the surface,” said Martina Navratilova.