France's Suzanne Lenglen was the first female tennis celebrity, and a major international star in the 1920s.
Helen Wills Moody took over from Lenglen as the superstar of women's tennis. The American won 19 Grand Slam titles in the 1920s and 30s.
In 1953 Maureen Connolly, or 'Little Mo', became the first woman to capture the calendar year Grand Slam. She won nine major titles overall.
One of the Americans who dominated mid-century tennis, Shirley Fry won all four majors during her career, including Wimbledon in 1956.
Althea Gibson's triumph at Roland Garros in 1956 made her the first African-American woman to win a Grand Slam title. She won six overall.
Graceful Brazilian Maria Bueno was at her peak in the 1960s, winning Wimbledon three times and the US Open four times.
Margaret Court won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, taking in the calendar year Grand Slam in 1970.
Ann Jones won her home Slam at Wimbledon in 1969, as well as the French Open twice.
All up Billie Jean King won 39 majors, but more than that, was the driving force in the creation of a tour for women.
The Original Nine paved the way for the Virginia Slims Circuit when they broke away from the establishment in 1970.
Australia's Evonne Goolagong captivated fans, and captured seven Grand Slam titles, famously including Wimbledon as a mother in 1980.
Lefty Kristy Pigeon was one of the younger members of the Original Nine.
Nancy Richey and Rosie Casals were integral members of the Original Nine, and multiple Grand Slam winners.
Chris Evert brought steely resolve and enduring glamor to the courts, winning 18 Grand Slam singles titles over a 13 year period.
France's Francoise Durr was a popular figure on the Virginia Slims Circuit - as was her dog, Topspin.
Trish Bostrom and Valerie Ziegenfuss were among the trailblazers of the 1970s.
Kerry Melville Reid was one of two Australian members of the Original Nine, and a Top 10 regular in the seventies.
Martina Navratilova tied her great rival Evert with 18 Grand Slam singles titles, and ultimately heralded new athleticism in the women's game.
Virginia Wade is best remembered for giving the home fans something to celebrate when she won Wimbledon in 1977.
A delegation of WTA players and staffers visited US President Gerald Ford at the White House. Those in attendance included Julie Heldman, Virginia Wade, Betty Stove, Ingrid Bentzer, Peachy Kellmeyer and Ted Tinling.
It hasn't all been hard work, as Chris Evert, disguised as Groucho Marx, shows. Rosie Casals looks on.