The greatest female tennis player of the last 50 years: the fans' verdict

by Theguardian

Tennis

Who is the best of the best? Our writers have had their say this week. Now it’s time to hear from our readers

The days are long and the nights are warm but, sadly, we will have to wait until next year to see the great players of our time compete at Wimbledon. With that in mind, we are spending the Wimbledon fortnight debating which of the greats is the greatest of them all. This week our writers have made the case for Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles.

Now it’s time for the readers to offer their verdict. More than 500 of you have been in touch to argue your case and – as with our writers – it has proven to be a game of opinions. Steffi Graf was your clear favourite, picking up nearly twice as many votes as any other player. Serena Williams (the choice of our tennis correspondent, Kevin Mitchell) and Martina Navratilova were also popular choices – and you added some new names to the discussion.

Related: The greatest: Steffi Graf – power and perfect timing personified | Katy Murrells

Related: The greatest: Martina Navratilova – an enduring champion brave enough to be herself | Emma John

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