In the past few decades Tennis has seen a rise in women tennis players who have become and are some of the most well known, accomplished athletes in the world. A combination of hard work and determination has allowed these women to rise above their circumstances and go on to conquer the world of tennis! We hope this list of players will be a source of inspiration and self-empowerment for tennis fans of all ages!
Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff is a 15 year old American player blazing a trail in the tennis world. A former world No. 1 junior, she has also won one junior Grand Slam singles title and another in doubles. She turned heads at the 2017 US Open when she was the runner-up in the girls’ singles event, becoming the youngest finalist at the event in the history of the tournament. Gauff made her WTA tour debut in March 2019 at the Miami Open, winning her opening match. She qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon, making her the youngest player to ever qualify in the tournament’s history. Coco defeated one of her personal idols Venus Williams in the first round, ultimately reaching the fourth round of the event. Her matches were the most watched matches of the day in the United States. Even at the tender age of 15, she realizes that she has become a role model, a title that she firmly embraces. Gauff knows that she is in the spotlight and strives to be the best person that she can be.
Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King was one of the greatest doubles players in the history of tennis. Claiming 27 major titles, she was the first woman to sweep the U.S. British singles, doubles, and mixed titles in a single year since 1938. King became a champion for women players, pushing relentlessly for their rights. She went on to help form a separate women’s tour and was able to acquire financial backing from commercial sponsors. King was one of the founders and the first president in 1974 of the Women’s Tennis Association.
Naomi Osaka is ranked No. 2 by the Women’s Tennis Association and is a former No. 1 player. She is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles. On the WTA Tour she achieved three titles and reached five finals. In September of 2018 she won the US Open, defeating the 23-time major champion, Serena Williams in the final. She became the first Japanese player to ever win a Grand Slam singles tournament, and won her second Grand Slam title at the 2019 Australian Open. Osaka is known for her shy, reserved personality. However, when she steps onto the court she has an aggressive playing style with a powerful serve.
Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player and one of the greatest females in the sport. Claiming 5 Grand Slams and 36 WTA titles, Sharapova has seen many victories in tennis, with her accomplishments being surpassed by only a select few. Spending 21 weeks as World No. 1 for the WTA, Sharapova has set a number of records. Despite her injury-prone career, she has achieved a rare level of longevity in women’s tennis. In addition to her on-court success, she is one of the most favored among sports brands as a marketable athlete. Off the court she is known to be one of the most beautiful and successful athletes.
Serena Williams has been an absolute dominating force in women’s tennis. Williams has broken many records throughout her career and is considered among many amazing female tennis players to be one of the very best. She holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. She is the most recent female player to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, and the third player to achieve this twice. She is also the most recent player to achieve all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles simultaneously, alongside her sister Venus. In addition to her stellar tennis career, she’s dominating as a new mom. Serena inspires women around the world with her steadfast motivation, immense mental strength, and continued longevity as one of the world’s top female players of all time.