Here Is The List Of The Women Who Made It Big In The World Of Tennis

Published on 07/09/2020
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It is so adorable to see significant progress regarding the issue of gender equality in sports – today, any person can play the game he or she wants. Tennis is a great example. Now, it is not only the men who can dominate the mentioned sport, through the years, but a lot of women have also showcased their talents and skills in tennis. They have managed to bring home a lot of medals and trophies entitled to their names. With that being said, here is a list of the women who made a big name in the world of tennis. Enjoy!

Here Is The List Of The Women Who Made It Big In The World Of Tennis

Here Is The List Of The Women Who Made It Big In The World Of Tennis

Honorable Mention: Anastasia Myskina

Anastasiya Andreyevna Myskina used to be a well-known professional tennis player who retired in the middle of 2007. Ever since she started competing in 1998 up to her last game in 2007, she managed to bring home a total of 11 wins comprising one grand slam and ten titles. She made history for her country, Russia, when she became the champion of the 2004 French Open Singles – she is the very first Russian to win such a title. Even though she still did not want to stop competing in 2007, injuries forced her to retire and stop playing in tournaments. 

Anastasia Myskina

Anastasia Myskina

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens is a well-known tennis player who started competing in tournaments in 2009. Her inspiration to do better in tennis every single day is to play with some of the greatest tennis players of all time and be a tough match for them. As of now, the professional tennis player has a total of one grand slam and six titles entitled to her name. Well, you should still expect those numbers to increase because Stephens is not stopping any time soon and with her undying skills in the sport, it is likely that her performance would get even better. 

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens

Sam Stosur

Samantha Jane Stosur, who is more commonly known as Sam Stosur, is a professional tennis player representing her beloved country, Australia. She began competing in the middle of 1999, and since then, she has already won nine titles and one grand slam. She made her name well-known for being one of the tennis players to give the great Serena Williams a defeat. That win also brought her a legacy for giving Australia its second Grand Slam since 1980. Today, She’s still competing in tournaments, and with her dedication to the sport, you should expect her to get better and better. 

Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

Jelena Janković

Jelena Janković is a well-known professional tennis player representing Serbia. She began competing in tournaments in 2000 and managed to win a total of 15 titles since then. She’s one of the very first Serbian players to dominate in tennis. As of now, she still hasn’t talked about retiring anytime soon. With her exceptional performance and skills, fans are expecting her to dominate in all the tournaments she would be playing in once the games begin again due to safety measures that have to be observed in the middle of a pandemic the whole world is facing as of now. 

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

Ana Ivanovic

Here comes another Serbian player on the list. Ana Schweinsteiger, who is more commonly known as Ana Ivanovic, used to be a professional tennis player. 2003 was the year when she began competing in tournaments, and since then, she has managed to bring home one grand slam and 15 titles to her name. Her career was going great until the whole world was shaken by her announcement in 2016, confirming her retirement. With an excellent performance that she has shown in the world of tennis, Ana Ivanovic would always be looked up to by all the tennis players and fans. 

Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova is a well-known professional tennis player playing for her beloved country, Russia. She began competing in the middle of 2000, and since then, she has a total of 19 titles and two grand slams entitled to her name. This year marks her 20th year of being a professional tennis player, and there are still no signs indicating her retirement. With that being said, you should prepare yourself to see more of Svetlana Kuznetsova dominating in different tournaments that would be held all over the world once this pandemic is over and the competitions already resume. 

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Marion Bartoli

Marion Bartoli used to be a well-known tennis player who represented France. She began competing in different tournaments in 2000, and with all the competitions she has been in, the former professional tennis player managed to win a total of eight titles along with one grand slam. Thousands of fans supported her throughout her journey in the world of tennis, especially in 2013 when she announced her sudden retirement. Despite her departure, a lot of fans are still supporting her life outside of sports. Now, at the age of 35, Marion Bartoli is living her life to the fullest. 

Marion Bartoli

Marion Bartoli

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki is a retired Danish tennis player who began competing in tournaments in 2005. People were amazed by the tennis player’s consistent performance in various competitions all over the world that led her to win 30 titles. However, there was a point in her life where she wasn’t satisfied with her skills because a decade had already passed after her debut in the sport, and she still had no grand slam. Well, in the middle of 2018, she redeemed all the confidence she had lost when she won her first grand slam. She announced her retirement in early 2020. 

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber is a professional tennis player representing Germany. She began playing in different competitions all around the world in the middle of 2003. Since then, she has managed to bag a total of 12 titles and a total of three grand slams. With that record, a lot of fans are expecting to see more of a better and improved performance after this pandemic is already done and the games are already allowed to resume. Well, at the age of 32, Angelique Kerber still has the capability to dominate in tournaments just like how she did in her younger years. 

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

Anita Lizana

Anita Lizana de Ellis, who is more professionally known as merely Anita Lizana, is a former professional tennis player. Back in her days in 1935, she used to play for Chile, and as a Latin American woman, she made history and set several records. Anita Lizana is the very first Latin American to win a grand slam and to be ranked number one as the greatest tennis player in the whole world. She retired in 1946, and throughout her entire career, she managed to win one grand slam and a total of eight titles from different tournaments. 

Anita Lizana

Anita Lizana

Garbine Muguruza

Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco is a professional tennis player who began competing in different tournaments all over the world in 2012. Since then, she already has a total of seven titles and two grand slams entitled to her name. Aside from those great achievements, Garbiñe Muguruza is also well-known for being one of the few tennis players who managed to beat two of the greatest tennis players in the world, Venus Williams and Serena Williams. With that being said, you better prepare to see more of Muguruza dominating in the future tournaments that would be held after this pandemic is over. 

Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza

Li Na

Li Na used to be a professional tennis player who competed in different tournaments, representing her beloved country, China. She began playing in the middle of 1999, and since then, she became well-known for being a skilled tennis player who won and set several records. In 2014, her supporters were sad to see her retire from being a professional player. Throughout her career, she managed to win a total of two grand slams and nine titles. With that, Li Na has left a big name in the world of tennis, and her legacy would always be looked up to. 

Li Na

Li Na

Tracy Austin

Tracy Ann Austin, or simply Tracy Austin, is a retired professional tennis player who dominated in several competitions all over the world – winning a total of 30 titles along with a couple of grand slams. She started her career in tennis in the middle of 1978 and suddenly announced her retirement in 1994 that left her supporters bitter-sweet. Bitter because her retirement meant that she would no longer be competing in tournaments. Sweet because all her fans were happy with the fact that she already got the time to focus on her new career of being a TV commentator. 

Tracy Austin

Tracy Austin

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Fyódorovna Azárenka, who is more professionally known as merely Victoria Azarenka, is a well-known professional tennis player. She has already been competing in different tournaments since 2003, and until now, she is still active. Ever since her debut in the sport, she managed to bring home a total of 20 titles and a couple of grand slams entitled to her name. This year marks her 17th year of being active in the sport and the whole world still has more to expect about her performance in the court as she confirmed that she would not be retiring anytime soon. 

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Conchita Martinez

Inmaculada Concepción Martínez Bernat, who is simply known as Conchita Martinez, is a former professional tennis player who represented Spain in all of her tournaments. She began playing in 1988, and since then, she managed to win a grand slam and a total of 33 titles. She was really dominating a lot of competitions until she announced her retirement in the middle of 2006. Now, Conchita Martinez is spending her time as a coach, and she is living her life to the fullest as a tennis player who has left a great legacy that would always be looked up to. 

Conchita Martinez

Conchita Martinez

Jana Novotna

Jana Novotna used to be a professional tennis player. She began competing in different tournaments all over the world in 1987 and decided to confirm her retirement in the middle of 1999. Throughout her entire career, Jana Novotna managed to bring home a total of 14 titles and a couple of grand slams entitled to her name. One of the things that Jana Novotna used to be very well-known for is her unique style of playing inside the court – and that would always be remembered by her fans who supported her along her journey in the world of tennis. 

Jana Novotna

Jana Novotna

Simona Halep

Simona Halep is a professional tennis player who represents her country, Romania in all the tournaments she already competed in and would compete in. Since her start in 2006, the professional tennis player has already won a couple of grand slams along with 20 titles coming from different competitions that were held all over the world. Now, Simona Halep has not talked about retiring just yet and is still training hard to improve her skills in tennis in order for her to dominate in the future tournaments that would be held after the games resume once the pandemic is over. 

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

Mary Pierce

Mary Caroline Pierce, or simply Mary Pierce, used to be a professional tennis player who began competing in 1989. She has a total of 18 titles and two grand slams entitled to her name. Take note that one of her grand slams marked the history she had made when she became the very first Canadian-born tennis player to have a grand slam. She used to have a very consistent career in the sport until she announced her retirement in the middle of 2008. Mary Pierce would always be a great tennis player that thousands of people would look up to. 

Mary Pierce

Mary Pierce

Amelie Mauresmo

Amélie Simone Mauresmo, who is professionally known as merely Amelie Mauresmo,  is a former professional tennis player who played for her beloved country, France. 1993 was the year when she began her professional career in tennis. Since then, she has won a total of 25 titles and a couple of grand slams. The entire world was shocked to hear her announcement in the middle of 2009, confirming her retirement. After retiring, Amelie Mauresmo focused on establishing her coaching career because whatever would happen, she still wanted to be close and involved in the sport. 

Amelie Mauresmo

Amelie Mauresmo

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka is a well-known professional tennis player who has represented Japan in all the competitions she participated in. She began dominating in tournaments in 2013, and her playing career is still active up to now. Since her debut in the sport, she managed to win a total of 23 titles along with a couple of grand slams. Well, with Naomi Osaka’s excellent skills in tennis, it is best to expect those numbers to increase as the tennis player would surely dominate in more tournaments in the future. 

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitová is a well-known professional tennis player representing the Czech Republic in all of her games. She began competing in various tournaments in 2006, and after dominating in different competitions all over the world, she managed to win two grand slams and 27 titles. As of now, the professional tennis player has still not talked about anything regarding her retirement, so you better prepare to see more of her, dominating in the future tournaments that would be held when the games resume once the pandemic is over. 

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

Virginia Wade

Virginia Wade is a retired professional tennis player who played for the UK. Her professional career in tennis started in 1968, and it ran for almost a couple of decades as she announced her retirement in 1986. Throughout her career, Virginia Wade has won a lot of championship titles and set several records. All in all, she has a total of 55 titles and three grand slams entitled to her name. With that being said, Virginia Wade would always be one of the greatest tennis players who has left a legacy that tennis players and supporters would never forget. 

Virginia Wade

Virginia Wade

Jennifer Capriati

Jennifer Maria Capriati used to be a professional tennis player that started her career in the sport in 1990. She has always dreamed of being a successful tennis player ever since she was a little girl – that is why she was thrilled to establish a professional career in tennis at just the age of 14. Throughout her career, which she ended in the middle of 2004, Jennifer Capriati managed to win 14 titles and a total of three grand slams. 

Jennifer Capriati

Jennifer Capriati

Kim Clijsters

Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters, who is professionally known as Kim Clijsters, is a professional tennis player representing her beloved country, Belgium. She started playing different tournaments in 1997, and she was successfully winning lots of competitions. One day in 2007, the tennis player made a shocking announcement stating her retirement. Well, two years after that, she decided to give her career a second chance and competed in tournaments again. In the middle of 2012, she retired again and she just recently came back this year. All in all, she has 41 titles and four grand slams entitled to her name. 

Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters

Lindsay Davenport

One of the greatest tennis players who had consistent records since her start in the sport, Lindsay Ann Davenport Leach, is a retired professional tennis player. She began playing in 1993, and since then, she managed to bag 55 titles and three grand slams. Fans were amazed by her performance’s consistency throughout her career until she announced in the middle of 2010, confirming her retirement. Well, Lindsay Davenport would always be a tennis legend that people would never forget to look up to. 

Lindsay Davenport

Lindsay Davenport

Dorothy Round

Dorothy Edith Round used to be a well-known professional tennis player who played for the United Kingdom. Her professional career was established in 1925, and it suddenly ended in the middle of 1950. Throughout her entire career, Dorothy Round managed to win a total of three grand slams. Her supporters received devastating news on the 12th of November 1982 as she was declared dead. Despite her passing, her legacy would always be remembered, and it would still be something that people would look up to. 

Dorothy Round

Dorothy Round

Hilde Sperling

Hildegard Krahwinkel Sperling, who was more professionally known as merely Hilde Sperling, was a professional tennis player who represented Germany and Denmark in the tournaments she dominated in. Her professional career in tennis began in 1930, and since then, she had won a total of three grand slams. She passed away on the 7th of March 1981. Just like other tennis players who had a great career, Hilde Sperling would always be remembered in many ways as the legacy that she left would still be looked up to. 

Hilde Sperling

Hilde Sperling

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

Aránzazu Isabel María Sánchez Vicario, who is more commonly known as merely Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, is a retired professional tennis player. She began playing in professional tournaments in 1985 and had her last competition in the middle of 2002. Throughout her career, the professional tennis player managed to win a total of 29 titles and four grand slams entitled to her name. Now, she is spending her 48th year of age as she is also living her life to the fullest as a remarkable tennis player that people would never forget. 

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis is a retired professional tennis player who represented Switzerland in all the competitions she participated in. She began her professional career in tennis in 1994, and since then, she was capable of bringing home tremendous achievements even at a very young age. In the middle of 2017, all of her supporters were shocked by her announcement confirming her retirement from joining professional leagues. All in all, Martina Hingis has won five grand slams and 43 titles. 

Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis

Margaret Osborne DuPont

Margaret Osborne DuPont used to be a well-known American professional tennis player. She established a professional career in playing tennis in 1941, and her career eventually came to an end in the middle of 1960. With all the competitions and tournaments she dominated in her entire career, Margaret DuPont won a total of 37 titles and six grand slams. After retiring, she left a remarkable legacy that everyone would look up to. On the 24th of October 2012, the whole world was saddened by her death. 

Margaret Osborne DuPont

Margaret Osborne DuPont

Louise Brough

Althea Louise Brough Clapp, who was more professionally known as Louise Brough, used to be a professional tennis player who represented the United States in every game that she participated in. Throughout her career from 1942 up to 1957, Louise Brough managed to win a total of six grand slams under her name. The professional tennis player lived her life to the fullest as a tennis icon that left a great legacy in the world of tennis. Her supporters were devastated to discover her passing on the 3rd of February 2014. 

Louise Brough

Louise Brough

Althea Gibson 

Althea Neale Gibson was a professional tennis player. She made a legacy of being one of the first Black Americans to dominate in the court. She began playing in the 1950s, and since then, she won five grand slams. In the middle of 1959, she made a sudden announcement that confirmed her retirement from joining professional tournaments. Her fans and loved ones supported her all the way – on the 28th of September 2003, all of them were saddened by the news that Althea Gibson already passed away. Now, she is a tennis legend that people would always look up to. 

Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson

Maria Sharapova

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a retired professional tennis player. She established her career in tennis in 2001, and since then, she managed to win a total of 36 titles and five grand slams entitled to her name. She is one of the most famous tennis players in the world and with that being said, Maria Sharapova has a lot of fans. Speaking of fans, most of them were shocked to hear their idol announcing her retirement in the early part of 2020. Nevertheless, they would always be there for the tennis icon. 

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Maria Bueno

Maria Esther Andion Bueno, who was more commonly known as merely Maria Bueno, used to be a professional tennis player. She began playing in tournaments in 1950 and eventually announced her retirement in the middle of 1977. Maria Bueno had an imposing record with a total of seven grand slams and 63 titles. She passed away two years ago, and as of now, her fans are still remembering the legacy she had left in the world of tennis. 

Maria Bueno

Maria Bueno

Justine Henin

Justine Henin is a retired professional tennis player who represented Belgium in all the games she dominated in. She established her professional career in tennis in 1999. Since then, she managed to win seven grand slams and 43 titles all in all. Her career in the sport was doing well until she announced her retirement in the middle of 2011 – she suffered from severe injuries that forced her to stop competing in tournaments.  

Justine Henin

Justine Henin

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Evonne Fay Goolagong Cawley, who is more commonly known as Evonne Goolagong Cawley, is a former professional tennis player. She started playing in professional tournaments in the middle of 1968, and she decided to retire in 1983. Throughout her entire career, Evonne Cawley won a total of 86 titles and seven grand slams entitled to her name. Now at 68 years of age, the retired tennis player is living her life as a tennis legend that would always be remembered. 

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Molla Mallory

Anna Margrethe Bjurstedt Mallory, who was more commonly known as merely Molla Mallory, used to be a very well-known tennis player who competed in professional tournaments, representing her beloved country, Norway. Throughout her entire career that started in 1912 and ended in the middle of 1929, Molla Mallory managed to win a total of eight grand slams. A few decades after retiring, the professional tennis player passed away as a tennis legend. 

Molla Mallory

Molla Mallory

Pauline Betz

Pauline Betz Addie, who was professionally known as merely Pauline Betz, used to be a professional tennis player. Before passing away on the 31st of May 2011, Pauline lived as an inspiration and legend to all the tennis fans all over the world. Winning a total of five grand slams throughout her career from 1947 up to 1960, Pauline Betz was one of a kind! Now, she is and would always be a remarkable tennis player whose legacy would always be looked up to by her supporters and other tennis fans. 

Pauline Betz

Pauline Betz

Helen Jacobs

Helen Jacobs was a professional tennis player who represented the United States in all the tournaments she participated in. She began playing in competitions in the middle of 1927. Since then, she managed to bring home a total of five grand slams. A couple of decades after she began her journey in the sport, Helen Jacobs announced her retirement. The tennis icon passed away on the 2nd of June 1997. Even though her presence could not be seen anymore, the legacy that she had left would always be remembered. 

Helen Jacobs

Helen Jacobs

Doris Hart

Doris Hart used to be a professional tennis player. She was a very skilled player and to prove that statement, Doris Hart had won a total of six titles along with six grand slams entitled to her name. She managed to earn all of those achievements since her debut in the sport up to the year when she announced her retirement – 1946 to 1955. On the 29th of May 2015, her fans were devastated to discover that she suddenly passed away. Now, Doris Hart is and would always be well-known for leaving a great legacy in the world of tennis. 

Doris Hart

Doris Hart

Venus Williams

Here comes one of the most famous athletes if we would be talking about tennis. Venus Ebony Starr Williams, who is more commonly known as merely Venus Williams, is a professional tennis player who began her career in the said sport in the middle of 1994. Since then, she has managed to win a total of 49 titles and seven grand slams from different tournaments. Until now, Venus Williams still has an active career in tennis, and people are expecting to see her dominate in the future competitions that she would be joining as soon as this pandemic is over. 

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Suzanne Lenglen

Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen, who is more commonly known as merely Suzanne Lenglen, was a professional tennis player who began dominating in tournaments in 1912. Throughout her entire career, Suzanne Lenglen managed to bring home a total of 83 titles and eight grand slams entitled to her name. She announced her retirement in the middle of 1927 and 11 years after that; it was reported that she passed away. Now, Suzanne Lenglen is known as a legendary tennis player that left a legacy that would never be forgotten. 

Suzanne Lenglen

Suzanne Lenglen

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Catherine Connolly-Brinker, who was more commonly known as merely Maureen Connolly, was a great tennis player that participated in professional tournaments. With all the competitions she dominated in, Maureen Connolly managed to win a total of nine grand slams. She established her professional career in tennis in 1951, and she eventually retired in 1954. Fifteen years after her retirement, Maureen passed away, and that left all of her loved ones and fans to be in a devastating place. Maureen Connoly is a tennis legend, and she would always be. 

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly

Monica Seles

Monica Seles is a former professional tennis player that began dominating tournaments in 1989. Since then, she has won nine grand slams and 53 titles. Her career came to an end in the middle of 2008 as she announced her retirement, saying that she would not be joining any competitions anymore. Now, at 46 years of age, Monica Seles is living her life to the fullest as a legendary tennis player that has left a legacy that would never be forgotten.

Monica Seles

Monica Seles

Helen Wills

Helen Newington Wills, or simply Helen Wills, was a professional tennis player that won a total of nine grand slams in her entire career. Speaking of her career, Helen Wills began playing in 1921 and eventually had the last game of her life in the middle of 1938. Several decades after her sudden retirement, it was reported that the tennis icon passed away at the age of 92. Now, Helen Wills is a legend whose legacy would always be remembered by all the tennis fans. 

Helen Wills

Helen Wills

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is a retired professional tennis player that represented the United States in all the tournaments she competed in. Her career in the sport started in 1959, and that was the beginning of her journey that resulted in a total of 129 titles and 12 grand slams. After several years of a successful career, Billie Jean King decided to retire in 1983. 

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

Chris Evert

Christine Marie Evert, or simply Chris Evert, is a former tennis player that participated in professional tournaments, representing the United States. She established her professional career in 1972, and since then, she won 157 titles along with 18 grand slams. Those numbers made her job a very successful one; however, in the middle of 1989, Chris Evert suddenly announced her retirement. With all the records she set, all the medals and trophies she has won, Chris Evert is a tennis icon, and she would always be. 

Chris Evert

Chris Evert

Margaret Court

Margaret Court is a retired professional tennis player that had a very successful career in tennis. She began competing in tournaments in 1960 and eventually decided to retire in 1977. Throughout her entire career, Margaret Court managed to win a total of 192 titles and 24 grand slams entitled to her name. Now at 77 years of age, the retired athlete is a well-known tennis icon whose legacy would never be forgotten by her supporters and other fans of the sport. 

Margaret Court

Margaret Court

Steffi Graf

Stefanie Maria Graf, who is more commonly known as Steffi Graf, is a former tennis player that represented her beloved country, Germany, in all the tournaments she participated in. Her career began in 1982 and eventually came to an end in 1999. With all the competitions she dominated in, Steffi Graf managed to win a total of 22 grand slams and 107 titles. Now, she is spending the 51st year of her life as a well-known tennis icon. 

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova is a retired tennis player that joined different professional competitions. She began playing in 1975, and since then, the tennis player has brought home 167 titles and 18 grand slams entitled to her name. Her career was doing very high until 2006 came, and she shocked the world with an announcement that confirmed her retirement. Now, she is spending most of her time focusing on her coaching career. 

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams, or simply Serena Williams, is one of the most famous tennis players all over the world. Her popularity can be justified by her amazing achievements comprising a total of 73 titles and 23 grand slams. Thousands of fans have always loved seeing her play in the court; however, it seemed like she would already be retiring soon as she is currently talking about it in some interviews. Well, retiring or not, Serena Williams is a legendary tennis player that no one would ever forget. 

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

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