1. Maria Bueno
Maria Ester Audion Bueno, won the title of being first women player (14 years) for her country, Brazil, started playing tennis at early age and without any formal training won her first tournament at the age of 12. She was also the first non-American women to capture Wimbledon and U.S Championships. In her career, she won the singles titles at Wimbledon three times and U.S. Championships for the four times She also won twelve Grand Slam championships as a double player with six different partners. Again in 1960, she became the first women to win the women’s doubles title at all four Grand Slam tournament in a year.
2. Billie Jean King
Billie Jean Moffit, born in California, was an exceptional softball player in her early years, yet her parents introduced her to tennis, the game that would change her life and the lives of other women players. In 1967 she was selected as “Outstanding Female Athlete of the World”. In 1972 she was named Sports Illustrated “Sportsperson of the Year”, the first woman to be so honored; and in 1973, she was dubbed “Female Athlete of the Year”. She was the first female athlete to win over $ 100,000 prize money in a single season. Billie Jean King spoke out for women and their right to earn comparable money in tennis and other sports. Her constant lobbying and commitments have broken many barriers. For her contributions to tennis as President of Tennis-America, Billie Jean King was awarded the National Service Bowl.
3. Tracy Austin
The Worlds No. 1 tennis player from United States, Tracy Ann Austin Holt, started her career at very early age and as a Junior player won 21 age-group titles, including the U.S. national 12 and under title at the age of 10 (1972). She became famous as the youngest player to win a professional tournament at the age of 14 (1977). She was the one to become the youngest-ever U.S. Open Champion at the age of 16 (1979). In 1980 she broke the records of Chris Evert and Navratilova’s of being six year monopolization of the top spot. She continued with the same success and defeated again Evert at Toyota Series Championships (1981). In 1992, she became the youngest person to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. After her retirement from the game she worked as a commentator for NBC and the USA Network and now usually participates in the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage.
4. Dorothea Douglass Chambers
One of the early starters in women’s tennis players, Dorathea Katherine Douglass Lambert Chambers from England won her first seven ladies single tiles in 1903. She was the one to play the longest Wimbledon final up to that time. She took retirement from singles in 1921 but continued as doubles player till 1927. From 1924 to 1926 she was captained Britain’s Wightman Cup team and turned to professional coaching in 1928.
5. Charlotte Cooper
Charlotte Reinagle Cooper, England, a very young lady was a member of the Ealing Lawn Tennis Club. In 1895, she won her first of five Wimbledon championships singles and continued to success. Also known as “Chattie” was a tall, slender and elegant woman but a powerful athlete who became the first women to win the Olympic Gold Medal. At her time when she was 30 she was called as “spinster” got married, during the same year when she could win her fourth Wimbledon championship. After living a family life she returned to active tennis and won her fifth Wimbledon championship (1908) at the age of 37, an age record that still stands. Till the age of 41, 1912, she was still tone of the best players. She died at the age of 96.
6. Lottie Dod
Lottie Dod starting her career at the age of 11 won her first Wimbledon title at the age of 15. An English athlete best known as tennis player won five times the Wimbledon Championships. She remains the youngest players to win the women’s singles tournament and press dubbed her as “Little Wonder”. She was not only a tennis player but she also played golf, field hockey and archery. She is also named in the Guinness Book of Records as the most versatile female athlete of all time. She died at the age of 88, unmarried, listening to the Wimbledon radio broadcasts in bed.