In the Women’s Tennis Association the left handed players have been rarer than even Men’s tennis. However we have been fortunate to watch some great female lefthanders and the lasting impact that they have left on the game of tennis. We take a look at 4 such female players.
4. Petra Kvitová
The Czech born 2 times Wimbledon champion has had a remarkable career despite a career threatening knife attack as well as series of injuries. She won the Wimbledon championships in 2011 and 2014.
Kvitova also reached the final of 2019 Australian Open only to run across an in form Naomi Osaka. The Czech star is one of the few left-handed women players to enter the top 10 of women’s ranking and climbing up to the highest career ranking of World Number 2.
3. Angelique Kerber
The German star is the 1st lefthander to become World Number 1 since Monica Seles. Kerber has won 3 Grand Slams in her career so far, with one each coming at Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
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She also received Silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics representing Germany. She has so far won 12 WTA singles titles. Kerber had a disappointing season in 2019 and would be aiming to bounce back to the top 10 in 2020.
2. Monica Seles
If it was not the stabbing incident of 1993 in Germany, Monica Seles would have had achieved much more accolades in her already legendary career. The winner of 9 Grand Slam, 4 of which were won in Australia, 3 at the French Open and 2 at US Open Seles became the first female player from Yugoslavia who was ranked as WTA World Number 1.
Her run from 1990 to 1993, where she won 8 Grand Slams is regarded as one of the greatest ever. She also won 3 season ending finals during that time.
1. Martina Navratilova
Navratilova was perhaps one of the greatest ever female players to grace the game of tennis. In her career, the lefty from Czech republic amassed so many time surviving records.
She won 18 singles Grand Slam along with 8 season ending finals. In doubles also she won 31 Grand Slams along with 11 season ending titles. Martina has a total of 359 career titles to her name, 167 of which came in singles, 177 in doubles and 15 in mixed doubles.