Serena Williams: During her career, Serena Williams has won the most Grand Slam titles of all time, with a total of 23 Grand Slam tournament triumphs. She is the only person to have achieved this feat twice more after Maria Sharapova's victory at the Australian Open.
Sharapova now shares this record with Venus and Martina Hingis. The three women have each won two Grand Slam events, making them equal top of the list.
Williams started her dominance in the open era by winning the first five majors of 2001. Since then, no one else has been able to match her tally.
She remains the only player to have her hand raised at the end of every Grand Slam event since the Australian Open in 2003.
Before Serena came along, Steffi Graf was the greatest female tennis player of all time. She dominated both the amateur and professional tours for several years during the 1980s, winning four Olympic gold medals as well as nine Grand Slam singles titles.
However, it is Serena who continues to improve her game and dominate her rivals, thus becoming the best female tennis player today. In fact, no one has won more than she has over the past 15 years.
Serena Williams: During the open period, tennis star Serena Williams won more Grand Slam singles championships (23) than any other woman or man. In addition, she and her sister Venus won 14 Grand Slam doubles championships, the second most for a duo in the open era, as well as three Olympic doubles gold medals. Their mother is African American and their father is from an Indian family.
During the closed period (from 1995 to the present), Australian Margaret Court remains ahead with nine singles titles. She also has six doubles trophies to her name. The only other player who can compete with these numbers is American Billie Jean King, who has eight Grand Slam singles titles to her name during the same period.
King, who is also a four-time winner at the Wimbledon Championships, has more overall singles wins than Court but no one else has more than two Grand Slam singles titles today.
Another thing you should know about King is that she has been involved in some pretty controversial stories throughout her career. For example, it was reported in 2001 that she had slapped opponent Martina Navratilova during a match they had several years earlier. However, when asked about this incident later on, King said it wasn't true and called it "a lie that's being told around the world".
Finally, there is another American woman who has won multiple Grand Slam titles during both periods tested here: Ann Moore Simmons.
As of February 2021, female tennis players with the most Grand Slam tournament titles
|Characteristic||Number of Grand Slam victories|
|Serena Williams (USA)||23|
|Steffi Graf (GER)||22|
|Martina Navratilova (USA)||18|
|Chris Evert (USA)||18|