The fans’ choice for the best female tennis player of the past 50 years

Sadly, we will have to wait until next year to witness the greatest players of all time compete at Wimbledon despite the long days and warm nights. In light of this, we are debating which of the greats is the greatest of all time for the duration of the Wimbledon fortnight. Our writers have argued for Serena Williams, Chris Evert, Monica Seles, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, and Serena Williams this week.

It’s now time for the readers to express their opinions. Over 500 of you have gotten in contact to present your case, and just like with our writers, it has turned out to be an exchange of viewpoints. Almost twice as many votes were cast for Steffi Graf as for any other player, making her your clear favorite.

 

Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams, our tennis correspondent Kevin Mitchell’s choice, were also well-liked picks, and you brought some fresh faces to the conversation.

Of all female players in history, Steffi Graf possessed the most elegant style of play. Her signature moves—the gazelle-like speed, the flawlessly carved backhand slice, the monstrous bazooka of a forehand, and the ballet-like footwork—came together to create an uncommon kind of athleticism that was both brutal and beautiful. It takes more than just having the numbers to be the best (though Graf is in the conversation no matter how you spin it). She performed with an artistic grace that has never been surpassed. She embodied what was possible with a tennis racket while at full flight in her imperious pomp, doing so with unparalleled poise and propelling her sport into the modern era.

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