We are continuing the journey of the Greatest Female Tennis Players Ever from the part one. We have talked about five modern era women’s tennis players in the first part in the second part we are going to know about some of the players who played in the last era.
Billie Jean King (USA)
Grand Slams: 7
Win-Lose Ratio: 695 – 155 (81.76%)
Total Prize Money Won: US $ 1, 966, 487
The most influential women’s tennis player ever! Billie Jean King is the brain behind the professionalism in women’s tennis. She could well be the top most female athlete as well and not only tennis player. Apart from 12 grand slams, King won 84 other titles as well. She was one of the few career grand slam winners during her time. She was having brilliant volleys and was famous to use her mind always to set a point in her favor. Because she was also involved in the charity outside career, she could not add more titles in her kitty.
Chris Evert Lloyd (USA)
Grand slams: 18
Win – loss ratio: 1309 – 145 (90.05%)
Total Prize Money Won: US $ 8, 895, 195
Baseline play was the most powerful part of Chris Evert Lloyd’s game. She was not less than a superstar in the 1970s. She was probably the best female players among those who have talent plus beauty. It was not because of her beauty, but because of her talent she could earn 90% of winning ratio during her entire career. Chris Evert played total fifty six grand slams during her entire career and missed the semi finals only four times. She appeared nineteen times in the US Open but never failed to reach at least the quarter finals. From 1974 to 1986 (13 seasons) she won at least one major title every year! Wow! She was also called ‘Queen of Clay’ as she won 125 consecutive matches on that surface. Not only that she has lost only 7 sets on the clay the record still waits to be broken! No woman in the world has played the game better and longer than Chris Evert Lloyd.
Margaret Court (Australia)
Grand Slams: 24
Win – loss ratio: 91%
Total Prize Money Won
Without any doubt Margaret Court is the best Australian female tennis player ever played this game. They used to be called the ‘Aussie Amazon’ by the tennis fans. She brought the importance of getting professionally trained into the women’s tennis. It was only after the emergence of Margaret Court female tennis players started to take physical training seriously. Apart from 24 grand slams, Margaret Court has also won 92 other titles as well. She also has the highest ever career match winning percentage of 91.74%. During her entire career,she gave birth to four children and yet she managed to bounce back every time because of her devotion towards the physical training.
Martina Navratilova (USA)
Grand Slam: 18
Win – loss ratio: 1442 – 219 (86.8 %)
Total Prize Money Won: US $ 21, 626, 089
She is the most complete woman player who has ever played the game. She was the fittest and the finest tennis player during her time. She trained herself incredibly well and that helped her to remain almost unbeatable for five years. From 1982 to 1986 she lost only fourteen matches. She has won nine Wimbledon titles and total 1442 wins along with 167 titles. She also had a 74 match winning streak. She played 23 consecutive singles finals and in 18 singles titles at grand slams. Add a breast cancer to this and the age of 53 till she played the professional tennis makes Martina Navratilova the best among the best.
Steffi Graf (Germany)
Grand Slams: 22
Win-loss ratio: 902 – 115 (88.7%)
Total Prize Money Won: US $ 21, 891, 306
She was a phenomenon when she was playing tennis and she is the greatest female tennis player of the world without any doubt. Steffi Graf has a unique record of winning every grand slam event at least four times in singles. She had an amazingly incomparable forehand and the way she used to coordinate them with her play made her the best! She remained at the top of the ATP rankings for the most number of weeks (377 weeks in total and 186 weeks in a row). She remained the best in the most number of polls generated by many sports magazines during that period of time. Steffi Graf had an ability to win on any kind of surface which was and is still rare because even Margaret Court had hard court as her favorite and Navratilova had grass court as her preference but Steffi Graf was an all rounder to say the least.