To celebrate International Women’s Day, looks at the best of the best in international tennis…

Martina Hingis
Martina won 5 Grand Slams. Prize money $20,130,657.

Five Grand Slam titles, 40 career titles and a win-loss record of 463-95 since she turned pro in 1994 at the age of 14. Spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1.

Martina Hingis.

Monica Seles
Seles has Nine Grand Slams, 53 titles Prize money $14,891,762

Former Yugoslav World No. 1. she won nine Grand Slam singles titles, winning eight of them while a citizen of Yugoslavia and one while a citizen of the US. In 1990, at the age of 16, Seles became the youngest-ever French Open champion. She went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles before her 20th birthday.

Monica Seles.

Venus Williams
Venus has 7 Grand Slams, 46 titles. Prize money $31,007,596

Former World No.1, five of her seven Slams have come at Wimbledon and the other two at the US Open. If not for her sister,Serena, it is argued that Venus would have had many more Grand Slams.

                                        Venus Williams.

Margaret Court
Court has 24 Grand Slams, 92 titles to her name. Prize Money Over $200,000

On record, the best Australian female tennis player of all time. She has more Grand Slam singles titles than anyone, securing twenty-four majors from 1960 to 1973, also has the highest ever career match winning percentage at 91.74%.

Margaret Court. Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International

Maria Sharapova
Maria has 5 Grand Slams and 36 WTA titles. Prize money $38,342,119
Sharapova accomplishments have been surpassed by only a few. Five Grand Slam titles and a win-loss record of 592–142 since she turned pro in 2001 at the age of 14, the Russian spent a total of 21 weeks as World No1.

                   Maria Sharapova. Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International

Chris Evert
Evert has 18 Grand Slams, and 157 titles to her name. Prize money $8,895,195

Chris Evert was the undisputed female star of the 1970s. In the latter half of the 70s she dominated the women’s game. In 56 career Grand Slam appearances, she missed the semifinal cut only four times. She won a record seven French Open championships and became known as the Queen of Clay.

Chis Evert loses in Wimbledon singles final 1978.  Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International



Billie Jean King
King won 12 Grand Slams and 84 titles. Prize money $1,966,487.

Her pioneering efforts in gender equality are often more thought of than her tennis. But she was a 12-time Grand Slam winner. She won six Wimbledon singles championships and twelve majors altogether.

Billie-Jean King, 1983. Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International


Martina Navratilova
Czech star Martina has 18 Grand Slams and 167 WTA titles. Prize money $21,626,089

Regarded as the fittest player on the tour during her career, she was virtually unbeatable for 5 amazing years. From 1982-86, she lost only 14 matches. She won a record nine Wimbledon singles championships.

Martina Navratilova with Wimbledon Ladies Singles trophy in 1987.  Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International


Steffi Graf
Graf has 22 Grand Slams and 107 titles. Prize money $21,895,277

Margaret Court won more majors but Steffi Graf is the only player (male or female) to win every Grand Slam event at least four times in singles. She also broke a few records: the record for the highest number of weeks with a No.1 ranking- 377 weeks. Graf was a true all-rounder of all time, regardless of surface.

Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi play doubles in Germany in 2007.
Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1999. Photo: Roger Parker.



Serena Williams
Serena has 23 Grand Slams, 72 WTA titles. Prize money $88,233,301 (and rising).

Williams holds the most Major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst active players, male or female. And just one behind Court.
The younger sister to Venus, Serena at her peak may have been the greatest who ever stepped onto the court. Still playing and still hoping to get that elusive 24th Grand Slam.


Serena Williams with the 2018 Australian Open winners’  trophy. Photo: Andy Cheung/ArcK Images/International Sports Fotos