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Chris Evert 10 7.75%
Monica Seles 22 17.05%
Serena Williams 60 46.51%
Billie Jean King 1 0.78%
Maria Sharapova 13 10.08%
Steffi Graf 15 11.63%
Justine Henin 4 3.10%
Other 4 3.10%
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Mentally toughest players, WTA history

Who do you think was the strongest player mentally?

For me it's a toss-up between Evert and Seles.
In today's game Serena and Masha of course.
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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

Serena for me



but you can better also have the same question but then who has been or is the mentally weakest player
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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

Monica Seles,then Williams,Graf and Sharapova in no particular order.
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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

I voted Serena. Seeing her come back many times from being down match points and championship points when other players would have thrown in the towel is quite amazing.

Sharapova should be excluded from this discussion. She was on meldonium for majority of her tennis career, by her own admission, so her hard fought matches are all under scrutiny.

All the other players in this list earned their wins the fair way.
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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

I dont know what the players had to go thru in the era when there was no money or very little. When a great player like Navratilova had to defect and risk leaving her family forever as a teen.

In the last 20 years for sure its Serena.
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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

Serena due to the racism and her illness.
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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

Seles, Serena

Capriati, Navratilova missing from the list
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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

Steffi Graf, Maria Sharapova and Serena !

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The one and only legendary Miss Stefanie Graf.
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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

Helen Wills

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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

Oh, you meant only WTA? Then it would be Chris Evert followed by Steffi, Serena and maybe the first version of Seles.
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Arantxa and Seles...Graft too
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Re: Mentally toughest players, WTA history

I know Rena obviously belongs in this list but I've always felt that she's so physically gifted that she doesn't have to rely on her mental strength in the same way other girls do. She knows that even on an average/bad she's probably still going to win because she's just that good.

For some it's purely a case of willing themselves to win matches they have no business winning, through pure grit and determination. With Serena she knows if she stays calm and holds her sh*t together she will probably come up with the goods. And 9/10 times she does.

However, I guess with that comes an added layer of pressure that others have rarely felt.
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