US Open Tennis 2012: Power Ranking the 5 Best Past Women's Champions

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US Open Tennis 2012: Power Ranking the 5 Best Past Women's Champions
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Recently I wrote an article here at Bleacher Report where I Power Ranked the best men's champions in US Open history.

It is time to give their ladies their due.

Similar to the men, the list of past women's US Open champions looks a lot like a listing for the tennis Hall of Fame.

Perhaps even more so than the men, the competition over the women's title at the US Open has generated some of the greatest battles in tennis history.

But who is the best? Who is the greatest past champion of all time? Similar to the men, there is no absolute right or wrong answer. But there are always opinions.

What follows is my power ranking of the top five past women's champions in U.S. Open history.

Unlike the list I made for the men, where champions were limited to the Open era, the women's side of things gets a little more complicated, as you will see, as some of the champions actually overlapped the Amateur Era and the Open Era. But to qualify for the list, a woman had to win at least one US Open championship from the Open Era.

First though, let's take a quick look at a couple of past champions who did not make the top five but were worthy of mentioning as the great champions they were.

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