Australian Open 2012: 20 Best Women's Competitors in Tournament History

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Australian Open 2012: 20 Best Women's Competitors in Tournament History
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The Australian Open has seen many champions come and go since the first tournament was held for men in 1905. The first women's tournament was held 17 years later in 1922.

The Australian Open was initially called the Australasian Open, named after the founding organization, the Lawn Tennis Association of Australasia. Later it became known as the Australian Championships (pre-Open Era) and was eventually renamed the Australian Open.

Over the years, many champions have graced the courts of Melbourne Park.

This slideshow will take a look at the top 20 women competitors. By using the term "competitors," it broadens the category to include those women who may not have numerous championships, but their tenacity and skill on the courts of the Australian Open deserves recognition.

Because there are so many great women who have competed at the Australian Open, there's no doubt there will be women who do not make the list. It's by no means any disrespect to their accomplishments.

Do feel free to share your thoughts on the women listed as well as other competitors who you feel deserve to be recognized.

Enjoy the read and thank you in advance for your comments and feedback.


Note: The data provided is through 2011. It does not include 2012 Australian Open results for those women competing this year.

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