The Greatest Female Tennis Players of All Time

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14. Doris Hart (tied)
> Singles titles: 6
> Runner-up: 11

Born in 1925, Doris Hart came onto the tennis scene in the 1940s and became a force in the late 1940s and early 1950s. During her prime she continuously competed in the finals of tennis majors, winning 6 of them. She reached a ranking of world No. 1 in 1951. Hart also had a terrific career in doubles and mixed doubles.

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14. Margaret Osborne duPont (tied)
> Singles titles: 6
> Runner-up: 4

Margaret Osborne DuPont was born in 1918 and competed with Doris Hart for several titles in the 1940s and 50s. She also saw massive success in doubles and mixed doubles. Osborne duPont married William duPont Jr., a member of the wealthy and prestigious duPont family. However, they later divorced, and Margaret went on to form a life partnership with fellow tennis player Margaret Varner Bloss.

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12. Venus Williams (tied)
> Singles titles: 7
> Runner-up: 9

The elder of the Williams sisters, Venus grew up in Los Angeles and was identified as a potential prospect at a young age by a local tennis professional. She won her first Grand Slam title in 2000, the first of several majors she’d later claim in singles and doubles. She is also tied for the most Olympics medals by a female tennis player. Venus and her sister have worked actively to fight racial and gender-based discrimination in the sport and beyond.

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12. Maria Bueno (tied)
> Singles titles: 7
> Runner-up: 5

Maria Bueno was a Brazilian tennis star that won numerous titles in the 1950s and 60s. On top of her seven singles titles, Bueno also won 11 in women’s doubles and one in mixed doubles. She is the most successful South American women’s tennis player in history. Bueno was born in Sao Paulo where her father was an avid tennis player.

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10. Suzanne Lenglen (tied)
> Singles titles: 8
> Runner-up: 1

Suzanne Lenglen was born in 1899 in France and was the inaugural World No. 1 player from 1921 to 1926. She is considered the first female athlete to gain global prominence. Lenglen began playing at the age of 11 and won the 1914 World Hard Court Championship (the precursor to the French Open) at age 15. She went on to dominate the game in nearly every aspect, crushing the competition in most tournaments that she entered. Further, she became a national hero in France when the country was looking for some light in the aftermath of World War 1.