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On July 6th, 1957 Althea Gibson became the first African American woman player to win a Wimbledon title in women’s tennis singles. In recognition of this event, here is a list of the top ten tennis players who have shown their best while taking on their opponents.
Serena Williams of the USA in action against Svetlana Kuznetsova (not seen) of Russia during the women’s singles matches on day eight of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club in London, the United Kingdom on July 04, 2016. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Serena William was born on September 26th, 1981 in Michigan. She became a professional tennis player in 1995 and since then has won 72 titles. She is described as the strongest to have ever played the tennis game. She is one of the players who will go on record having won a large number of career titles. On her own, she has won 23 Grand Slam Singles Titles distributed as follows: 3 French, 7 Wimbledon, 7 Australian, and 6 US Open. Her latest victory was in 2017 when she won the Australian Open. She is the number one tennis player of all times no doubt, and she deserves it.
Former tennis player Steffi Graf attends Keep Memory Alive’s 21st annual ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health honoring Ronald O. Perelman at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 27, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
Born on June 14th, 1969 in West Germany. Steffi started her professional career in 1982 and she won a total of 107 career titles before retiring in 1999. Steffi won 22 Grand Slam Singles Titles, one behind Serena Williams. She had 7 Wimbledon, 6 French, 4 Australian, and 5 US Open. This great tennis player showed her ability to win on any ground and was consistent over the 17-years of her career. She was the first player to achieve the Golden Slam after scooping all the four major trophies including Olympic Gold Medal, all in the same year.
Martina Navratilova of the USA takes a break while playing her doubles legend match with Marion Bartoli of France in against Tracy Austin of the USA and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain in a legend match during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals at Singapore Sports Hub on October 27, 2015, in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Martina was born on October 18th, 1956 in Czechoslovakia. She became a professional tennis player in 1975 and retired in 1994 after winning 167 career titles. She won 18 Grand Slam Singles Titles as follows: 9 Wimbledon, 2 French, 3 Australian, and 4 US Open. She is known for her physicality and timing when playing a one-on-one match. She also holds the record for having the highest number of career titles. 59 out of her 167 titles are Grand Slam Titles including doubles, singles as well as the mixed doubles. She will also be remembered the greatest doubles players the world ever had after winning 31 Grand Slam Doubles titles.
Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert waves to applause as she arrives at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 22, 2017, in Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images for the International Tennis Hall of Fame)
Chris was born on December 21st, 1954 in Florida. She became a professional tennis player in 1972 and won 157 titles before hanging her boots in 1989. Chris won 18 Grand Slam Singles Titles as follows: 3 Wimbledon, 7 French, 2 Australian, and 6 US Open. She still has the record of being the tennis player who reached most of Grand Slam Singles finals with 34 and winning 18 of them. This tennis player was known for her nimble work along the baseline and her two-handed backhand which made her to always be at top 5.
Margaret Court stands with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to be presented to the winner of the women’s final match between Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Na Li of China during day thirteen of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2013, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse-Pool/Getty Images)
Margaret was born on July 16th, 1942 in New South Wales Australia. She became a professional tennis player in 1960 and retired in 1977 after winning 192 career titles. She won 62 major titles out of which 24 were the Grand Slam Singles Titles as follows: 3 Wimbledon, 5 French, 11 Australian, and 5 US Open. She will go down on the record as the first woman to ever play and won the Grand Slam Singles Title in 1970. Margaret will also be remembered as the first woman to include weight-lifting and fitness in her training program.
Monica Seles talks during a pre-match Q&E at the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
Monica was born on December 2nd, 1973 in SFR Yugoslavia. She became a professional tennis player in 1989 and collected a total of 53 career titles before hanging her boots in 2008. She was a dominant player in between 1990 and 1992 before her attack. When she returned to the court after the attack, she performed superbly and went ahead to win a Grand Slam Title in 1996. She had a total of 8 Grand Slam Singles Titles as follows: 3 French, 4 Australian, and 2 US Open. She will be remembered for her classical clash with Steffi Graf in one-on-one match.
Billie Jean King
Tennis legend Billie Jean King acknowledges the crowd at the presentation after Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated Elise Mertens of Belgium in the semi-final match on day 11 of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Billie was born on November 22nd, 1943 in California. She became a professional tennis player in 1968 and won 129 titles before retiring in 1983. She owned the Wimbledon title for the longest time from 1966 to 1975 where she won it six times over that period. Billie dominated the tennis world and her clashes with some of the greatest players such as Bobby Riggs is one of the games which will remain in the memory of her fans. She won 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles as follows: 6 Wimbledon, 1 French, 1 Australia, and 4 US Open.
Australia Day Honours List recipient Evonne Goolagong Cawley poses for a photo with her Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) award on day 13 of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Evonne was born on July 31st, 1951 in New South Wales Australia. She became a professional player in 1968 and retired in 1983 after winning 68 career titles out of which 7 were Grand Slam Singles Titles. Evonne played during the times when there was tough completion in the tennis game. Those were the days when the likes of Evert and Navratilova were also dominating the tennis world but she still managed to win the titles mentioned. She is the only mother who played before World War I and won the title in 1980.
Tennis player Venus Williams plays badminton during the 2017 Lotte New York Palace Invitational at Lotte New York Palace on August 24, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
Venus was born on June 17th, 1980 in California and she became a professional player in 1994. She won a total of 49 career titles out of which 7 were Grand Slam Singles Titles (2 US and 5 Wimbledon Open). She was the player to be mentioned between 200 0 and 2001 when she snatched all her 7 big titles and she was ranked the world’s best tennis player in 2002. Her favorite playground is Wimbledon where she won five titles and her last appearance on that court was 2008. She could have been the best player were it not for the frequent injuries which keep on putting her down.
Sports journalist Laurent Luyat (R) gives flowers to Former Tenis player Justine Henin for her 33rd birthday at France Television french channel studio during the 2015 Roland Garros French Tennis Open – Day Nine on June 1, 2015, in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Charriau/Getty Images)
Justin was born on June 1st, 1982 in Belgium. Her profession as an international tennis player started in 1999 and retired in 2011 after garnering 50 career titles. She won Grand Slam Singles Title 7 times as follows: 4 French, 1 Australian, and 2 US Open. She is known for her mentality and physicality when on the court. In spite of her small body, she has much power in her hands, and her footspeed and footwork were terrific. She was ranked the best tennis player in the whole world in 2003 after winning both US and Australian Open. She also dominated in 2004 when she again won an Olympic Gold Medal and her first ever Australian Open title.