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Who are the greatest female tennis players of the open era? For our purposes, this list includes some of the best female singles tennis players since the Open Era officially began in 1968. Some of these brilliant female tennis players have long since retired since winning countless major tournaments, but some continue to make headlines with their awesome skill on the court. Vote for the tennis playing women you believe are truly the best since the Open Era began, and vote down any that you don't think qualify. Also, feel free to rerank this list in any order you want. Debate about who is the greatest female tennis player of all time (Open Era or not) continues to this day, with some arguing that the honor goes to Steffi Graf, and others saying the title belongs to the incomparable Martina Navratilova. In their day, these two female tennis players were feared and revered by opponents, and with good reason. And certainly, no list of the best and greatest female tennis players of the Open Era would be complete without Serena Williams: She is arguably one of the, if not the absolute top current female tennis players in the world. Serena's sister, Venus Williams, also makes this list. If you're a tennis fan, you might also want to cast your vote (or rerank your own list of) the greatest male tennis players of the Open Era. Is Roger Federer the best, or should the honor go to Bjorn Borg? You decide, with your votes.

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Monica Seles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Monica Seles Novi Sad, Serbia

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Martina Navratilova 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Navratilova Prague, Czech Republic

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Chris Evert 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Chris Evert Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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Steffi Graf 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Steffi Graf Mannheim, Germany

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Kim Clijsters 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kim Clijsters Bilzen, Belgium

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Margaret Court 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Margaret Court Perth, Australia

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Martina Hingis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Martina Hingis Košice, Slovakia

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Billie Jean King 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Billie Jean King USA, Long Beach, California

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Elena Dementieva 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Elena Dementieva Moscow, Russia

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Serena Williams 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Serena Williams Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

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Evonne Goolagong Cawley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Evonne Goolagong Cawley Griffith, Australia

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Victoria Azarenka 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Victoria Azarenka Minsk, Belarus

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Justine Henin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Justine Henin Liège, Belgium

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Mary Pierce 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Mary Pierce Montreal, Canada

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Gabriela Sabatini 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Gabriela Sabatini Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Lindsay Davenport 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lindsay Davenport Palos Verdes, California, United States of America

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Venus Williams 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Venus Williams Lynwood, California, United States of America

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Maria Sharapova 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Maria Sharapova Nyagan, Russia

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Jennifer Capriati 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jennifer Capriati New York City, New York, United States of America

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Tracy Austin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Tracy Austin Palos Verdes, California, United States of America

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Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Barcelona, Spain

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Agnieszka Radwańska 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Agnieszka Radwańska Kraków, Poland

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Daniela Hantuchová 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Daniela Hantuchová Poprad, Slovakia

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Jelena Janković 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jelena Janković Belgrade, Serbia

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Amélie Mauresmo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Amélie Mauresmo Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

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Anastasia Myskina 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Anastasia Myskina Moscow, Russia

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Kimiko Date-Krumm 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kimiko Date-Krumm Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

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Simona Halep 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Simona Halep Constanța, Sud-Est, Romania

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Hana Mandlíková 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Hana Mandlíková Prague, Czech Republic

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Nicole Vaidišová 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Nicole Vaidišová Nuremberg, Germany

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Li Na 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Li Na Wuhan, China

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Virginia Wade 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Virginia Wade Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Anna Kournikova 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Anna Kournikova Moscow, Russia

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Francesca Schiavone 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Francesca Schiavone Milan, Italy

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Angelique Kerber 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Angelique Kerber Bremen, Germany

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Petra Kvitová 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Petra Kvitová Bílovec, Czech Republic

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Conchita Martínez 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Conchita Martínez Monzón, Spain

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Pam Shriver 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Pam Shriver Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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Lucie Šafářová 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lucie Šafářová Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

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Andrea Hlaváčková 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andrea Hlaváčková Pilsen, Czech Republic

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Caroline Wozniacki 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Caroline Wozniacki Odense, Denmark

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Jana Novotná 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jana Novotná Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

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Lucie Hradecká 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lucie Hradecká Prague, Czech Republic

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Rosemary Casals 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rosemary Casals California, United States of America

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Francoise Durr 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Tennis Players of the Open Era
Francoise Durr