Famous female tennis player: Li Na

Li Na, Famous female tennis player Li Na

Li Na, a Chinese tennis professional has become one of the famous female tennis players for being the only Chinese tennis player who reached the final of a Grand Slam. She was the runner-up in the women’s singles in Australian Open. Her current WTA ranking is No. 6 which is also her career high ranking. Li Na has won 19 ITF and 4 WTA singles titles. In doubles tournament, Li Na has been pretty successful and claimed 16 ITF and two WTA doubles titles. Initially, Li Na partnered with Li Ting in the doubles but recently she has been forming temporary partnerships in women’s doubles game with players like Nicole Pratt, Jelena Kankovic, Yan Zi and Peng Shuai who are her healthy rivals as well.

Li Na is famous for her brilliant game that includes athleticism and quick reflexes all over the court with ground strokes. She has the talent of spreading these ground strokes unpredictably which makes her a dangerous opponent. She is not only comfortable at baseline but also around the net. Of her two ground strokes, her backhand is very strong. The only weakness Li Na has is high number of unforced errors. However with her weaknesses, Li Na was able to make it to the French Open final where she played against Maria Sharapova. She played convincingly and on the French Open title, her first career grand slam becoming the only Chinese player (male/female) to have won any grand slam in the history of tennis. Right after her win, Li Na also wrote a book over her success and achievements. 

Famous female tennis player: Martina Navratilova

Famous female tennis player: Martina Navratilova

Famous tennis player, Martina Navratilova no doubt is one the finest and a successful women tennis player as far as the 20th century is concerned. Martina Navratilova was born on 18th October 1956 in Czechoslovakia. Navratilova endeavor the hearts of tennis fans with her impeccable tennis achievements which include 31 Grand Slam women’s double titles, 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed double titles. Martina’s 31 doubles Grand Slam wins are a record in tennis along with 9 Wimbledon women’s single title wins.

Martina Navratilova won her first Grand Slam in the year 1978 at Wimbledon when she was 22 years old. With this win, Martina got the World No. 1 rank for the first time in her tennis career. With this, Martina became unstoppable and she reached her career peak by dominating all tennis Grand Slams. Here are some of the records set by Martina Navratilova in tennis world:

  • Among the only three famous female tennis players, Martina Navratilova is the one who accomplished career Grand Slams in women’s single title, women’s double title and mixed doubles as well.
  • Martina holds the record of most singles titles (167) and double titles (177) in the open era.
  • Navratilova holds the record of longest winning streak in tennis (74 consecutive matches)
  • Martine Navratilova reached 11 consecutive singles finals of Grand Slam, only second to Steffi Graf’s thirteen consecutive singles.
  • Martina Navratilova equals the record of Billie Jean King of 20 Wimbledon titles (in singles, doubles and mixed doubles)
  • Next to Margaret Court’s 62 Grand Slam titles, Martina Navratilova has the second highest (58) Grand Slam titles.
  • During the open era, Martina won the most singles match (1,442)