Best Female Tennis Players: Women in Tennis hold the maximum number of records and are said to rule the world of tennis. The record of maximum number of titles (grand slam and pro slam) is held by a woman (Magaret Court). She has won 24 grand slam and pro slam titles, a record which remains unbeaten by any tennis player, be it a male or female.
The next in line is Serena Williams who has won 23 grand slam titles, a record which is unbeaten by any player, since the inception of Open Era.
With 22 Grand Slam titles in her pocket, Steffi Graf ranks third in the list and this record of hers is not achieved by any male player (after the beginning of the Open Era).
Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert occupy the joint 4th position by winning 18 titles each.
Last but not the least, 5th on the list, is Billie Jean King who has capture 12 Grand Slam titles.
Unlike men, who stick to playing in one category only, female tennis players compete in all three categories – singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
There is a mention of Open Era, Grand Slams and Pro Slams above, so let us first know what are these three terms. The term Open Era came into being in the year 1968 when major tournaments agreed to allow professional players to compete with amateurs. Before 1968, only amateurs competed in major tennis tournaments. The four major tournaments played after the Open Era are called Grand Slams and therefore the ones that were played before are known as Pro Slams.
Let us now discuss the world’s top Best Female Tennis Players of all the time.
Top 6 Best Female tennis players of all time
Margaret Court Smith
The first female Australian player to win a Grand Slam abroad, Margaret Court, holds the record of winning the highest number of Grand Slam titles (24; 11 in Open Era and 13 before the Open Era) and this is an unbeatable record till date. Her total win – loss percentage is 90.12% (210 –23) with a winning loss ratio of 61-3 at Australian Open, 47-5 at French Open, 51-9 at Wimbledon and 51-6 at US Open. Court also happens to be the only player to complete a multiple grand slam set twice in all the three disciplines (singles, doubles, mixed doubles). She took a retirement for two years, but came out of retirement and made a strong comeback by becoming the first woman after Open Era to clinch four Grand Slam title. Women’s tennis is basically a baseline dominated game but Court’s unusual serve and volley style of play was her strength. Since the Aussie tennis player did weights (something that women of that era didn’t do), circuit training and running along sandy hill slides, her footwork was excellent and it further helped her style of play. Currently she is a Christan Minister in Perth.
Serena Jameka Williams
Although Williams is currently ranked 11th in WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) ranking, she has enjoyed the World Number 1 rank for a total of 319 weeks and stands third after Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. Serena’s record of 23 Singles Grand Slam titles is yet to be conquered by any player (male or female) in the Open Era. Serena Williams, along with Venus Williams, popularly known as The Williams Sisters, have an unbeatable record of clinching 14 doubles Grand Slam titles. The record for winning the highest number of matches (335) in the women’s singles category at the Majors is held by Serena. In the year 2016, the former World No 1, became the highest paid female athlete and is said to have earned $ 29 Million USD through prize money and endorsements. During the year 2009-2010, the Williams sisters won 4 consecutive doubles Grand Slams titles. Serena’s strong built enhances her game and she has the most powerful shots and serve in the women’s category but sometimes her aggressive game puts her at risk during her tough matches.
Stefanie Maria Graf (Steffi Graf)
Graf and Boris Becker are credited to have popularized Tennis among the people of their country, Germany. In the year 1988, Steffi won a Golden Slam (winning all four Grand Slams and Olympic Gold Medal in the same calendar year). Steffi has clinched 22 Grand Slam titles and is the only player to have won each Grand Slam at least four times. Post WTA and ATP started ranking players, Graf’s record of being the World No 1 for a total of 377 weeks remains unbeaten. The third on the list, after Navratilova and Evert, Graf has won 104 singles titles and she and Magaret Court are the only two players to have won at least 3 Grand Slam titles in a calendar year for five times (1988,1989, 1993,1995, 1996). Named as The Greatest Player of the 20th Century by a panel of experts at Associated Press, Steffi has clinched 6 French Open, 7 Wimbledon, 4 Australian Open and 5 US Open titles. Popular for backhand slice shot, Graf mostly played inside out forehands and had an excellent footwork. An aggressive playing style coupled with perfect timing of the impact of her racquet with the ball added pace to the ball and made her shots powerful.
The fourth on the list, Navratilova has a number of records against her name. Since women in tennis have participated in all the three categories (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) so there has to be a record holder for the same and Navratilova happens to be the only player in the history of tennis to hold the Number 1 spot in both doubles and singles. Martina is one of the three women players, Doris Heart and Magaret Court being the other two, to have achieved a career grand slam in singles, doubles and mixed doubles along with clinching the highest number of singles (167) and doubles (177) tittles. Holding the World Number 1 spot in both singles and doubles for a total of 332 and 237 weeks respectively, Navratilova’s 74 matches winning streak is the longest one after the Open Era. Having clinched 18 Grand Slam titles, 31 Women’s Doubles titles (record), 10 Major Mixed Doubles titles, she owns the record for the highest number of Grand Slams victories by any tennis player. An ace tennis player, she was in top 10 of Women’s Tennis Ranking for 20 consecutive years (1975-1994), among top 5 for 19 consecutive years, among top 3 for 15 consecutive years and for 7 long years she was World Number 1 in WTA ranking. Navratilova’s serve and volley style of play helped her in dominating most of her matches.
Considered to be arch rivals on court and best of friends off court, Navratilova and Evert have clinched 18 Grand Slam titles each and hence acquire the fourth position in the list of women Slam winners jointly. Evert’s record of never losing in the first or second round of any Grand Slam tournament (she lost only twice in the third round) that she’s played along with being a part of 34 Grand Slam finals is unachievable till date. Evert happens to be one of the of the four awardees of the sportsman of the year award in tennis. Her overall win – loss ratio of 1309-146 and 382-22(winning ratio of singles played on clay court) is another record which is yet to be surpassed by any tennis player. Chris Evert has clinched 297 tiles on clay court which clearly proves her dominance on this surface. She also made her nation proud by winning 8 Fed Cup titles.
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Billie Jean King
Last, but not the least is King, the founder of major women’s and tennis organizations like Women’s Tennis Association and Women’s Sports foundation. For clinching 39 Grand Slam titles comprising of 12 singles, 16 doubles and 11 mixed doubles, Billie was awarded the Sportsman of the year award in 1972. A feminist to the core, King defeated Bobby Riggs (top men’s player in the 1930s and 1940s in both the amateur and professional ranks) in an exhibition match which was dubbed as “the Battle of the Sexes”, and won $100,000 for her victory. Riggs had won the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 1939 and was considered World No. 1 male tennis player in 1941, 1946, and 1947. Because of her good footwork, she was an excellent volleyer and had an aggressive style of play. Out of the 11 times that she participated in the Wightman Cup USA, she won 10 times and she also pocketed 7 Fed Cup titles.
We can say that women are the right and true owners of the throne of tennis and the benchmark of records that they have set is very difficult to be achieved by any male tennis player.
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A superb performance from Bengal Warriors helped them clinch their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title in the final match against Dabang Delhi. The match took place at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad where the franchise of Bengal smashed Delhi by a scoreline of 39-34.
This win was even more special for Warriors as they were missing from the services of their regular skipper Maninder Singh who is also their star raider. Stand-in captain Mohammad Nabibakhsh took the charge of the side and lead from the front to prevent Delhi from winning their first PKL title.
The pressure of finale was always on Bengal as they were 0-6 down in the earlier few minutes of the match. Nabibakhsh helped his team fight and changed the destiny in the favour of his team as the teams were levelled with 17-17 at half-time. Warriors took the game to their side of the court immediately in the second half to lift the trophy.
Here are all the award winners from the final match of Pro Kabaddi League 2019:
Best Raider of the Match: Naveen Kumar (18 raid points in 24 attempts)
Defender of the Match: Jeeva Kumar (4 tackle points in 5 attempts)
Game Changer of the Match: Mohammad Nabibakhsh (9 raid points in 13 attempts)
Moment of the Final: Mohammad Nabibakhsh (When he inflicted an all-out on Dabang Delhi from a Super tackle situation)
Stylish Player of the Match: Naveen Kumar (22 Super 10s, 21 consecutive Super 10s, Over 300 raid points in the season)
Here are the top award winners of the entire 2019 Pro Kabaddi League:
Referee of the Season: Mr. Shankar
New Young Player of Season 7: Sumit (UP Yoddha) – 77 tackle points in 22 matches
Perfect Raider of the Tournament: Pawan Sehrawat (Bengaluru Bulls) – 346 raid points (most raid points in the season) in 24 matches
Defender of the Tournament: Fazel Atrachali (U Mumba) – 82 tackle points in 24 matches.
Most Valuable Player of the Tournament: Naveen Kumar (Dabang Delhi) – 301 raid points in 23 matches.
Pakistan appoints two new captains, Sarfaraz Ahmed sacked
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to sack Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain from Twenty20 Internationals and Test matches. His poor performance in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka has been named as the primary reason behind his removal.
Pakistan suffered a 3-0 loss in the T20I series against Sri Lanka at their home under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed. The wicketkeeper-batsman received a lot of backlash after that and it was expected that a call might taken up on him.
PCB has appointed ace batsman Babar Azam as the T20I skipper while Azhar Ali will manage the command in the longest format during the upcoming series against Australia. However, there is no clear message on Sarfaraz’s future as the One Day International skipper as Pakiststan’s next 50-over assignment is in July 2020.
The board has not just sacked him from captaincy but he has also been dropped from the side ahead of Australia tour. Moreover, he has been asked by the PCB to indulge in domestic cricket and regain form if he wants to be a part of the side in the future.
The selection committee is yet to announce the entire squad that will visit Australia for the Tests and T20Is. Here is the schedule of matches that will take place in Down Under from the end of October.
T20 Practice Match (31st October, 2019): Cricket Australia XI vs Pakistan at Sydney
1st T20I (3rd November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Sydney
2nd T20I (5th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Canberra
3rd T20I (8th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Perth
Three-day Practice Match (11th November, 2019 – 13th November, 2019): Australia A Vs Pakistan at Perth
Two-day Practice Match (15th November, 2019 – 16th November, 2019): Cricket Australia XI Vs Pakistan at Perth
1st Test Match (21st November, 2019 – 25th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Brisbane
2nd Test Match (29th November, 2019 – 3rd December, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Adelaide
Everything about 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: Full Schedule, Participating Teams, Squads and Broadcasting Details
The 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier is a is a cricket tournament currently taking place in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament began on 19 October 2018 and the final match will be played on 2 November 2019 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
14 teams are participating in this tournament which are divided into two groups. These are:
Group A: Scotland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Singapore, Kenya and Bermuda
Group B: UAE, Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria
A total of 51 matches will be played during the tournament in a round robin format which will be followed by the playoffs. Here is the full schedule:
Oct 18, Friday: Scotland vs Singapore, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Ireland, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Netherlands vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Oman vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 19, Saturday: Papua New Guinea vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Scotland vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 3:40 PM
Netherlands vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Jersey vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Ireland vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 20, Sunday: Papua New Guinea vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Canada vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Oman, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Bermuda vs Singapore, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Oct 21, Monday: Scotland vs Papua New Guinea, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Ireland vs Oman, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Kenya vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Canada vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 22, Tuesday: Scotland vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Singapore vs Netherlands, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
United Arab Emirates vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Oct 23, Wednesday: Namibia vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Oman vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Singapore vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Ireland vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Hong Kong vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 24, Thursday: Netherlands vs Papua New Guinea, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
United Arab Emirates vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Scotland vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 25, Friday: Papua New Guinea vs Singapore, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Ireland vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Namibia vs Kenya, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Oman vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 26, Saturday: Ireland vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Netherlands vs Bermuda, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Namibia vs Singapore, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 27, Sunday: Hong Kong vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Papua New Guinea vs Kenya, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Oman vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Scotland vs Netherlands, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
United Arab Emirates vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 29, Tuesday: TBC vs TBC, Play off 1 – A2 v B3, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Playoff 2 – A3 v B2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 30, Wednesday: TBC vs TBC, Playoff 3 – A4 v Loser of Play-off 1, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Playoff 4 – B4 v Loser of Play-off 2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 31, Thursday: TBC vs TBC, 5th Place Play-off, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Nov 01, Friday: TBC vs TBC, Semifinal 1 – B1 v Winner of Play-off 1, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Semifinal 2 – A1 v Winner of Play-off 2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Nov 02, Saturday: TBC vs TBC, 3rd place Playoff, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Bermuda: Dion Stovell (c), Terryn Fray (vc), Okera Bascome, Onais Bascome, Oronde Bascome, Derrick Brangman, Deunte Darrell, Allan Douglas, Malachi Jones, Kamau Leverock, George O’Brien, Delray Rawlins, Macai Simmons, Sinclair Smith, Charles Trott, Rodney Trott and Janeiro Tucker
Canada: Navneet Dhaliwal (c), Rizwan Cheema, Nikhil Dutta, Romesh Eranga, Jeremy Gordon, Dillon Heyliger, Abraash Khan, Nicholas Kirton, Nitish Kumar, Junaid Siddiqui, Ravinderpal Singh, Hamza Tariq (wk), Rodrigo Thomas, Srimantha Wijeratne and Saad Bin Zafar
Hong Kong: Aizaz Khan (c), Kinchit Shah (vc), Ahsan Abbasi, Haroon Arshed, Waqas Barkat, Aarush Bhagwat, Kyle Christie, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Raag Kapur, Ehsan Khan, Nizakat Khan, Waqas Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Nasrulla Rana and Shahid Wasif
Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, David Delany, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker and Craig Young
Jersey: Charles Perchard (c), Corey Bisson, Dominic Blampied, Harrison Carlyon, Jake Dunford (wk), Nicholas Ferraby, Nick Greenwood, Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Jonty Jenner, Elliot Miles, Rhys Palmer, William Robertson, Ben Stevens, Julius Sumerauer and Benjamin Ward
Kenya: Shem Ngoche (c), Sachin Bhudia, Emmanuel Bundi, Aman Gandhi, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Pushpak Kerai, Jasraj Kundi, Alex Obanda, Collins Obuya, Nelson Odhiambo, Lucas Oluoch, Elijah Otieno, Rakep Patel and Rushab Patel
Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Jan Frylinck (vc), Stephan Baard, Karl Birkenstock, Niko Davin, Zane Green, Zhivago Groenewald, Jean-Pierre Kotze, Tangeni Lungameni, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Christi Viljoen, Pikky Ya France and Craig Williams
Netherlands: Pieter Seelaar (c), Colin Ackermann, Philippe Boissevain, Ben Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards (wk), Brandon Glover, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Max O’Dowd, Shane Snater, Antonius Staal and Tobias Visee
Nigeria: Ademola Onikoyi (c), Sylvester Okpe (vc), Abiodun Abioye, Sesan Adedeji, Vincent Adewoye, Daniel Ajekun, Chima Akachukwu, Daniel Gim, Segun Ogundipe, Isaac Okpe, Chimezie Onwuzulike, Leke Oyede, Sulaimon Runsewe, Mohameed Taiwo and Codi Yusuf
Oman: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Aqib Ilyas (vc), Khawar Ali, Fayyaz Butt, Sandeep Goud, Aamir Kaleem, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Mehran Khan, Naseem Khushi, Suraj Kumar (wk), Sufyan Mehmood, Khurram Nawaz, Jay Odedra and Jatinder Singh
Papua New Guinea: Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini (vc), Simon Atai, Sese Bau, Kiplin Doriga, Riley Hekure, Hiri Hiri, Jason Kila, Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, John Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua and Tony Ura
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Ollie Hairs, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Adrian Neill, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace and Mark Watt
Singapore: Amjad Mahboob (c), Vinoth Baskaran, Surendran Chandramohan, Tim David, Avi Dixit, Aritra Dutta, Rezza Gaznavi, Anantha Krishna, Navin Param, Janak Prakash, Rohan Rangarajan, Manpreet Singh (wk), Sidhant Singh, Aryaman Sunil and Selladore Vijayakumar
United Arab Emirates: Ahmed Raza (c), Ashfaq Ahmed, Sultan Ahmed, Waheed Ahmed, Mohammad Boota, Darius D’Silva, Zawar Farid, Imran Haider, Zahoor Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Rameez Shahzad, Junaid Sidique, Chirag Suri and Muhammad Usman
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