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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
 

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01. Williams, S
02. Graf, S
03. Navartilova, N
03. Evert, C
05. Seles, M
06. King, BJ
07. Court, M
08. Henin, J
08. Williams, V
10. Sanchez Vicario, A
 

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That is a good list from Tennis Channel. Could change Court and Seles, but ist is ok.
 

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This list is very biased. When will the media finally realize that these lists should be exclusively based on tennis results and not achievements or popularity off the court? At this point, they might as well put Kournikova in the top ten.
Not only they put King above Court and Venus above Henin, which tennis wise doesn't make any sense, but Court at #6 is an absolute disgrace. She might be a bigot and narrow minded individual, but that has nothing to do with the results that she achieved on the court.
She should have been #1 or at least #2. Besides holding the record for the most Grand Slams, she also won the Calendar Grand Slam fair and square!
Where the heck are Maureen Connolly, another Calendar Grand Slam winner, or Helen Wills Moody, who has 19 Grand Slam titles to her name?
 

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With all due respect to Shazza, I'd rather give the 10th spot to either Hingis or Goolagong (and that's without even taking into account the pre-open era goats)
Exactly. The list is a joke when you see only three or four players who starred in their careers before 1990. And Sharapova one of the ten greatest of all time? Top 20? Maybe. Top 10? Puh-lease!
 

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This list is very biased. When will the media finally realize that these lists should be exclusively based on tennis results and not achievements or popularity off the court? At this point, they might as well put Kournikova in the top ten.
Not only they put King above Court and Venus above Henin, which tennis wise doesn't make any sense, but Court at #6 is an absolute disgrace. She might be a bigot and narrow minded individual, but that has nothing to do with the results that she achieved on the court.
She should have been #1 or at least #2. Besides holding the record for the most Grand Slams, she also won the Calendar Grand Slam fair and square!
Where the heck are Maureen Connolly, another Calendar Grand Slam winner, or Helen Wills Moody, who has 19 Grand Slam titles to her name?
They put Court where she belongs.
 

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This list is very biased. When will the media finally realize that these lists should be exclusively based on tennis results and not achievements or popularity off the court? At this point, they might as well put Kournikova in the top ten.
Not only they put King above Court and Venus above Henin, which tennis wise doesn't make any sense, but Court at #6 is an absolute disgrace. She might be a bigot and narrow minded individual, but that has nothing to do with the results that she achieved on the court.
She should have been #1 or at least #2. Besides holding the record for the most Grand Slams, she also won the Calendar Grand Slam fair and square!
Where the heck are Maureen Connolly, another Calendar Grand Slam winner, or Helen Wills Moody, who has 19 Grand Slam titles to her name?
venus has more gold medals and overall slams than henin.
serena is the clear number 1. court has her total nearly cut in half if we are talking open era.
 

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venus has more gold medals and overall slams than henin.
serena is the clear number 1. court has her total nearly cut in half if we are talking open era.
Court won the Calendar Grand Slam in 1970: IN THE OPEN ERA. She didn't choke against a journeywoman in the semifinal of the 4th Slam of the year, like Navratilova did against Sukova in 1984 or Williams against Vinci in 2015.
 

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Court won the Calendar Grand Slam in 1970: IN THE OPEN ERA. She didn't choke against a journeywoman in the semifinal of the 4th Slam of the year, like Navratilova did against Sukova in 1984 or Williams against Vinci in 2015.
but has exactly half as many slams as serena in the open era. court is barely top 5.
 

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but has exactly half as many slams as serena in the open era. court is barely top 5.
Are you serious? It's not Court's fault that she had been playing at the top level for ten years BEFORE the start of professional tennis! In case you hadn't realised, the same players who later became professionals played in those earlier Grand Slam events (with the exception, in some cases, of the Australian Open).
 

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it all counts but post 90, the level got alot better.
So what? The tour got shit after henin retired and we had crappy no. 1s for ages. Lets water down that eras achievements too.
How many slams did Serena win during the dark ages of post golden year wta? Lets take them off the tally. I mean she beat Safina in the aus open final lol

This niche bullshit is tedious.
 

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So what? The tour got shit after henin retired and we had crappy no. 1s for ages. Lets water down that eras achievements too.
How many slams did Serena win during the dark ages of post golden year wta? Lets take them off the tally. I mean she beat Safina in the aus open final lol

This niche bullshit is tedious.
you are just wrong. serena has won in ever decade she has played in so your point is mute. serena has had deeper fields. evert has said as much. henin was only a thing because serena wasn't on her game.
it isn't a niche, it is understanding the history of the game.
 

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Are you serious? It's not Court's fault that she had been playing at the top level for ten years BEFORE the start of professional tennis! In case you hadn't realised, the same players who later became professionals played in those earlier Grand Slam events (with the exception, in some cases, of the Australian Open).
the bold is you burying the lead. she won 7 of her slams in australia pre open era. no one said it is her fault just that her stats are inflated which they are
 
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