23 time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has been named as the Greatest of All Time among the women’s singles players in a list by the Tennis Channel. The channel, with its list of experts, ranked the Top 10 women of all time where the American legend, who is still currently playing, was picked as No. 1.
Along with sister Venus, she was the one of two active women who are on the list. Serena’s list of 23 Grand Slam singles titles is the highest in the Open era, and just one short of the all time record held by Margaret Court, who has 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Court came in at No. 6 in the list. Serena also holds the record for most consecutive weeks at World No. 1 (186) along with Steffi Graf. The 38-year-old’s 309 total weeks at the No. 1 spot are only behind Martina Navratilova (332) and Steffi Graf (377).
Serena Williams’ 39 Grand Slam titles – which also includes 14 in women’s doubles and two in mixed doubles – are the most by any active player, and the third-most in the Open Era. She has also won 4 Olympic gold medals – one in singles and three in doubles with sister Venus.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been ranked as the second greatest player in the list. The Czech-born American’s 59 Grand Slam titles -18 singles titles, 31 doubles titles and 10 mixed doubles titles – are the most by any player in the Open Era.
She is only one of three players – along with Margaret Court and Doris Hart – to have won the Career Grand Slam in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Germany’s Steffi Graf came in at No. 3 on the list. The German’s 377 weeks at World No 1.
is a record for any player, male or female. She has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the second highest in the Open Era, one behind Serena Williams. Graf is the only player in tennis history to win the Golden Slam – which is all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic singles gold in Seoul in the same year.
She is also the only player in history to have won each of the Grand Slams at least four times in her career. 18 time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert came in at No. 4, followed by 12 time grand Slam singles champion Billie Jean King at No 5.
and Court at No. 6. Monica Seles, who won 9 Grand Slam singles titles came in at No. 7 followed by seven-time Grand Slam singles champions Venus Williams at No. 8 and Justine Henin at No. 9. Russian Maria Sharapova, who retired earlier this year, came in at No 10.
1. Serena Williams
2. Martina Navratilova
3. Steffi Graf
4. Chris Evert
5. Billie Jean King
6. Margaret Court
7. Monica Seles
8. Venus Williams
9. Justine Henin
10. Maria Sharapova