Pitching To The World
Australia hosts the first of the Grand Slam events (the four major tennis events in the world), the Australian Open. It draws in all the best participants from all over the world, acting as a rite of passage for many up-and-coming tennis athletes. If you pass the Australian Open, you’ll have a fighting chance in the fiercer majors that follow: the French Open and US Open.
As far Australian tennis champions go, there have been a handful of Aussies who have dominated the courts to make their way up the rankings to #1. The most notable example would be Lleyton Hewitt, who holds the record for the youngest person to ever hit number one status.
The Best Aussie Female Tennis Players
5. Destanee Aiava
One of the youngest current players to participate in the main draw of the Grand Slam Tournament, this feisty 19-year-old Aussie shows promising talent. She’s won three singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF Women’s Circuit so far, and recently won the ACT Clay Court International title this year.
4. Samantha Stosur
Even those only vaguely familiar with Aussie female tennis players would’ve heard of Samantha Stosur. She’s a familiar face in Grand Slam events, beating opponents like Serena Williams and Justine Henin on a relentless rise to the top. After a brief slowdown due to injury two years ago, she’s staged a successful comeback by winning another Grand Slam title since 2014 in the Australian Open. Keep on keeping on, Samantha!
3. Evonne Cawley
One of the world’s leading tennis players in the 70’s and 80’s, Evonne Cawley was the World’s no 1 female player in her time, accomplishing feats like winning the French Open on her first attempt – something that no other player has done since. After 14 Grand Slam titles, she’s now happily retired and runs programs that help the country’s Aboriginal kids to stay in school through tennis.
2. Ashleigh Barty
You may have heard this name recently, and for good reason: Ashleigh Barty is currently ranked number one in the world in singles right now, and she shows no signs of slowing down or losing her touch. After her stunning performance in this year’s French Open, she’s now aiming to bring her talent to Wimbledon. We wish her the best of luck!
1. Margaret Court
It wouldn’t be fair to describe Margaret Court as just an Australian tennis star: with more major titles than any player (male or female), she’s widely considered as one of the greatest tennis players ever, period. With 64 major titles under her belt and the best performance on all court surfaces at 91.74 percent. She finally retired from the scene when she got pregnant with her fourth child. Till today, no one has been able to come even close to her accomplishments.
If nothing else, we hope this list was enough to show you that girl power can give the men a run for their tennis racquets. Fierce, talented, and filled a passion for the sport; these players are an inspiration to every little girl learning to throw a serve in her school gym.