Best women tennis rivalries: Steffi Graf vs. Martina Navratilova

Best women tennis rivalries: Steffi Graf vs. Martina Navratilova

One of the top ten female rivalries in tennis history was between the two best female tennis players i.e. Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. The women’s tennis was all about Graf and Navratilova who played some of the most astounding tennis in that era. Both of them met 18 times during their careers. Their overall head-to-head series currently stands at 9–9. German tennis player Steffi Graf is leading Grand Slam head-to-head 4-2.Graf was ranked World No. 1 by the (WTA) for a record 377 total weeks, the longest period for any player. Steffi Graf ousted Navratilova in the French Open where Steffi won 6 Grand Slam titles whereas Navratilova won only two titles. Graf won 22 Singles Grand Slam titles, only 4 grand slam titles more than Navratilova whereas Navratilova won 18 Singles Grand Slam titles. Navratilova holds an outstanding record at Wimbledon with 9 Grand Slam titles, making her one of the best female players to have play at the Wimbledon.

This rivalry was based on the utter athleticism and professionalism, and was like evenly matched for a long period. Here is some general information about Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova:




Date of Birth:

June 14, 1969

October 18, 1956



United States


5′ 9″

5 ft 8 inch

Career Singles Titles:



Career Doubles Titles:



Career Prize Money:

$21 million

$21 million

Career record (singles):



Highest ranking (singles):



Career statistics of famous female tennis player Martina Navratilova:

Career statistics of famous female tennis player Steffi Graf:

Steffi and Navratilova appeared in three consecutive Wimbledon finals (1987-89) and enthralled the audiences with splendid tennis. No such rivalry has been able to grab the attention of audiences in this very decade!