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4 Female Tennis Players Who Dominated the Court

Tennis is a sport that is gender inclusive, which is a rare characteristic if you compare it to other sports that are usually male-dominated. But ever since the 1800s, when women were allowed to play the sport and participate in events, it has led to many achievements in both genders.

The famous interview with Andy Murray when he corrected a journalist who claimed that Sam Querrey was the “first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009” is a testament to the fact that many are constantly pushing for gender equality in tennis. 

In a press conference, Murray had interrupted the journalist’s question that Querrey was merely the first “male player” to have done so. This is because female tennis players such as Serena and Venus Williams are all US players who have qualified for Grand Slam semi-finals since 2009.  

With so many female tennis players that are known to be tennis greats, here’s a list of some of the best players throughout history. These phenomenal women are reminders of how far tennis has come over the years. 

Serena Williams

At the top of this list is none other than Serena Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slams, making her the second tennis player with most major wins in the Open era and 4 Olympic gold medals. She also has 73 WTA titles and is currently one of the best players in women’s singles tennis. Williams is undoubtedly an icon in the tennis world because she holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst both male and female active tennis players.  

Steffi Graf

This female tennis player is one of the greatest tennis players of all time because she has proven her unmatched prowess on the court. She broke many records that are still unbeaten such as the record for the highest number of weeks with a number one ranking. It was an impressive 377 weeks. She is also the only tennis player to win every Grand Slam event at least four times in singles. Not to mention that Graf holds the record for the third-most major wins with 22 Grand Slams Singles titles and is the first female tennis player to win 4 Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal in a calendar year.

Martina Navratilova

Navratilova is one of the women who reigned in the world of tennis during the 1970s to 1980s. She is one of the best female tennis players who have made a mark in history. She has 18 Grand Slams and 167 WTA titles. Navratilova also has the following titles: 9 Wimbledon, 4 US Opens, 3 Australian Opens, and 2 French Opens. She was also known to be one of the unbeatable players from 1982 to 1986 since she only lost 14 matches. 

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is also one of the legends of tennis. She became best known for her Battle of the Sexes match with Bobby Riggs, whom she defeated. It was the match of the 20th century and resulted in attracting more than 50 million viewers. This amazing female tennis player has won 6 Wimbledon singles, 39 Grand Slams, 4 US Opens, 1 Australian Open, and 1 French Open. King is the perfect example as to why female tennis players are in the same leveling ground as male tennis players. Her battle with Riggs proved that female tennis players are just as excellent in the sport as male tennis players.    

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5 of the Greatest (and Controversial) Moments in Tennis History

Tennis history is full of spectacular moments, from marvellous wins to sublime rivalries and even controversial events. After all, tennis is a game of surprises. There’d been a multitude of great occurrences that define and redefine tennis since time immemorial. However, these had been the greatest and some, contentious thus far, in no particular order.

Greatest (and Controversial) Moments in the History of Tennis

1) Monica Seles stabbing incident

Proving how influential the Seles vs Steffi Graf rivalry then, it compelled a fan to stab Seles on April 13, 1993. The incident happened during a match and was inflicted by a mentally ill Graf fan. In 1993, Seles showed her finest games.

Seles was stabbed in the back, affecting her tennis capacities and skills after that. Seles was formerly ranked #1, but Graf brought low her ranking. Eventually, Graf became the #1 player in women’s category. 

2) Rafael Nadal’s win against Roger Federer

Nadal versus Federer was one of the most-followed tennis rivalries of all time. Federer has always been ahead of Nadal. But Nadal won over him in Wimbledon 2008 men’s singles finals after 4 hours and 48 minutes – one of the longest in the history of tennis where incredible sportsmanship was in full display. 

The prior year, he came too close to winning his first Wimbledon until he faltered and lost. This had the spectators anticipating their 2008 match that did not disappoint. It was even considered as the greatest match in history. Nadal’s memorable winning moment caused him to collapse on the court, albeit happily. He was the first Spanish tennis player to win Wimbledon after 40 long years.

3) Roger Federer smashed his racquet

In a shocking display of strong emotions from arguably one of the coolest players in tennis, a frustrated Federer smashed his racquet on the ground. It was during the 2009 Miami Open where he met with Novak Djokovic.

The crowd booed Federer, even eliciting surprised reactions from the sportscasters since he was not a “boo-boo” player. But it was the only time he had experienced a negative reception since he has always been the mild-mannered one. 

4) Andre Agassi’s emotional retirement speech

Agassi’s tennis career has been the most inconsistent in terms of victories and defeats. He had his moot moments, but everyone would remember his iconic speech after losing the game in the 2006 US Open.

Agassi suffered from a back injury that compelled him to retire earlier than expected. He was under strong painkillers. An emotional Agassi bade goodbye through one of the most iconic retirement speeches the spectators had seen.

5) John McEnroe hurt the King of Sweden

McEnroe, or Mr Erratic as he was called, was known for his outbursts on and off the court. In one of his episodes during the 1984 Stockholm finals, he lost his cool and vented out by hitting a table full of refreshments. Some flew to the crowd and struck King Carl XVI Gustaf.

McEnroe realized what he had done. Fortunately for him, the Kind downplayed what happened and the ever-emotional notoriously outspoken tennis player did not receive any punishment.

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Player Feature: Simona Halep

Full Name: Simona Halep 

Birthdate: September 27, 1991

Birthplace: Constanta, Romania 

Years active: 2006 – present

WTA Rank: #4

Key statistics

  • Known for aggressive baseline style
  • Has 19 singles titles
  • Makes 5x fewer errors than opponents
  • Gave Williams two of her worst defeats

Playing without a full-time coach, Simona Halep is an aggressive baseliner who can cover all surfaces. Halep plays right-handed (two-handed backhand). 

She named Justine Henin as one of her primary tennis models. Henin retorted by saying that Halep is an “intelligent game” who is both offensive and aggressive. She has uncanny anticipation and is astonishingly fast. Her strokes are unreadable, but she knows how to disrupt her opposition’s rhythm while disguising her own.

One vital component of Halep’s tennis strategy is her few errors. She always makes fewer errors against her opponents, at about 5x less. She seizes opportunities not to make any error due to her wide back swings and slides despite her small stature (Halep was only 5’6” and 132 lbs). She controls to rally and produces winners in the process without relying on the mistakes of her opponent.

Her agile all-court movement on the court is the end-result of her daily training. She exercises every day for one hour. Her usual regimen includes running, body weight, and resistance activities. She lifts a maximum of 2 kilograms. Halep is an occasional yoga practitioner as well. 

Her breakout season was in 2013. She won six titles against top 20 and top 10 tennis players. Halep was only second to Steffi Graf to do such who also won the same number of titles in 1986. Halep was named the Most Improved Player by the ESPN Center Court.

She became the #2 player in 2014 and ranked #1 twice between 2017 and 2019. The first one was on October 9, 2017, wherein she held the ranking for 16 weeks and again on 2019 for 48 consecutive weeks. Her 64-week #1 combined ranked her as the 10th in women’s tennis history. 

Halep is Wimbledon 2019’s women’s singles champion, outwitting Serena Williams in a two-sets-straight win. She gave Williams two of her worst defeats; first in 2014 WTA Finals by 6-0, 6-2 and in 2019 by 6-2, 6-2.

She won her Grand Slam titles for the first time in several years since she started playing professionally in 2006. She hasn’t won any Australian Open or US Open titles, but she won French Open in 2018 and her latest win, Wimbledon in 2019.

Halep was the second Romanian tennis player to win multiple majors. The first one was Ilie Nastase who won the US Open and French Open in 1972 and 1973, respectively. Nonetheless, she became the only Romanian player to bring home the Venus Rosewater Dish.

She has played almost 700 tennis matches with 19 singles titles and one doubles title. Halep has 486 wins and 207 losses. 

She has played in Africa, South America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, and North America. She was playing for about 14 years on tour. Halep has also played on clay, grass, carpet, indoor, outdoor, but her biggest accomplishments are on hard surfaces with 14 wins and six losses.

Romanian Tennis Federation manages Halep.

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