Fitness

Women In Sports: Tennis

Blog by: Sulagna Das

The recent win by Serena Williams in the Australian Open has drawn my attention to the importance of tennis as a sport extremely suitable for women. And the strong and powerful women who have proved to be some of the most amazing sports personalities over the last few decades. So, let us learn about the greatness of this sport and how beneficial it can be for us.

Tennis is a strategic, racket game or sport of two (singles) or four people (doubles) that has been played for ages and have gained fame and love over the years. It can be played both as a sport as well as a recreational game among family and friends. Either way, playing tennis helps in maintaining health, fitness, strength and agility of the human body. It has been calculated that playing singles tennis for an hour burns about 450 calories in women, while 600 in men. In addition to physical benefits, tennis also improves your mental health as well as social abilities.

Physical health and fitness benefits include the following:

  • Lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure,
  • Increases bone density,
  • Increases aerobic capacities,
  • Lowers body fat,
  • Faster reaction to stimulus,
  • Improves muscle tone, strength and flexibility,
  • Reduces stress.

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Now, let’s talk about the aforementioned women who shook the world of tennis with their skill and charm.

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Serena Williams changed the face of the game by being ranked as world number one in singles on seven occasions from 2002 to 2017 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She achieved this ranking for the eight time this year. In total, she has been world number one for 319 weeks, which ranks her 3rd in the Open Era among female tennis players. Her accomplishments and success in professional tennis have led some commentators, players, and sports writers to regard her as the greatest female tennis player of all time.

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Sania Mirza set new standards by being ranked India’s no.1 singles and doubles tennis player by the WTA, until her retirement in 2013. Throughout her career, she has established herself as the most successful female Indian tennis player ever and one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in the country.

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Going a little back in time, Martina Navratilova was known to be the greatest female tennis player through the years 1965 to 2005, as termed by Tennis magazine.  She was World No. 1 for a total of 332 weeks in singles, and a record 237 weeks in doubles, making her the only player in history to have held the top spot in both singles and doubles for over 200 weeks.

And I can keep going on and on. There are more great female tennis players who have contributed so much to the world of tennis. Maria Sharapova, Steffi Graff, Venus Williams, Gabriela Sabatini, Chris Evert and the list goes on.

So, what do you think? Ready for a tennis match any time soon?

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