Women's tennis is one of the most popular sports for women. It is one of the few sports in which women command fame and popularity that equal those of their male counterparts. Women's Tennis Association is the main organisation which runs female tennis.
|Highest governing body||International Tennis Federation|
|First played||Between 1859 and 1865, Birmingham, England|
|Team members||Single or doubles|
|Mixed-sex||Yes, separate tours & mixed doubles|
|Equipment||Tennis ball, tennis racket|
|Venue||Indoor or outdoor tennis court|
|Country or region||Worldwide|
|Olympic||Yes, part of Summer Olympic programme from 1900 to 1924|
Demonstration sport in the 1968 and 1984 Summer Olympics
Part of Summer Olympic programme since 1988
|Paralympic||Yes, part of Summer Paralympic programme since 1992|
Women's tennis is present from the first Olympic Games in 1900 in Paris and 1908 in London, but the women's doubles only appeared in 1920 at the Antwerp Games.
One of the first superstars of women's tennis is Suzanne Lenglen, who after six titles won at Wimbledon and the Internationaux de France left amateur tennis to achieve a first professional tour in North America in 1926–1927. It is then considered a "Diva" 2.[clarification needed]
Features of women's tennisEdit
In women's tennis matches the ball is usually played without effect (less than lift) and games tend to play more from the baseline; typing is generally less powerful than men. The game is made in a more tactical speed and anticipation. The service is also less powerful; it is relatively less important than for men. However, there has been a noted evolution in this field since the 1990s, women's tennis is improving and is growing more and more popular.
|Gabriela Sabatini||1992||146 km/h|
|Nathalie Tauziat||1995||159 km/h|
|Steffi Graf||1998||171 km/h|
|Kim Clijsters||2004||188 km/h|
|Amélie Mauresmo||2006||193 km/h|
|Venus Williams||2007||208 km/h|
|Sabine Lisicki||2014||211 km/h|
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