Thursday 21 September 2017

Life begins at 40: Women’s Tennis Association celebrates 40 years

Maria Sharapova poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Maria Sharapova poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Chris Evert poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Justine Henin poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Jennifer Capriati poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Monica Seles poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Caroline Wozniacki poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Billie Jean King poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Evonne Goolagong-Cawley poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Maria Sharapova poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Martina Hingis poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Amelie Mauresmo poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Margaret Court poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Lindsay Davenport poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Jelena Jankovic poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Dinara Safina poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Martina Navratilova poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Serena Williams poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Tracey Austin poses for an exclusive photoshoot during the WTA 40 Love Celebration
Former and current World Number One (L-R back row)Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, Ana Ivanovic, Lindsay Davenport, Dinara Safina, Jelena Jankovic, Jennifer Capriati, Caroline Wozniacki and Amelie Mauresmo (L-R front row) Tracey Austin, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Billie Jean King, Serena Williams, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Justine Henin pose on stage during the WTA 40 Love Celebration on Middle Sunday of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

FORTY years after the formation of the Women’s Tennis Association by Billie Jean King and 61 of her fellow female professional tennis players, the WTA celebrated its birthday in style at Wimbledon. But how many of these female stars of the court can you successfully name without looking at the caption?

Most of the female winners of Wimbledon over the last four decades got together for a special photoshoot to mark the occasion. The organisation is marking its birthday with a series of events over the next year.

Prior to the WTA's formation, the annual prize money available to female tennis players was close to $2 million. Today it's $118 million across the WTA's 54 events in 33 countries and the four majors.

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