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Best Tennis Rackets for Women [2022]: My Top 10 Picks

Luckily, tennis is a sport where men and women have co-competed for a long time now. This is even being showcased by the amount of tennis courts and stadiums across the globe that are named after famous female tennis players. Court Suzanne Lenglen for example really is one of the most beautiful courts on tour and among the Grand Slams.

However, with a lot of tennis on tv at the moment, you might be wondering to pick up a racket yourself. Starting out, you are probably researching the best tennis rackets for women by reading a lot of posts and guides.

As I’m being asked this question quite a lot in my shop too, I decided to make a detailed post on this myself, sharing my top 10 picks for the best 10 tennis rackets for women that you can buy today.

I’ll summarize my findings first and then I’ll dive into more detailed explanations.

Need a quick recap? Here are my top three picks:

Winner
Babolat Pure Drive 2021 Tennis Racquet – 4 1/4″
Runner-up
HEAD Gravity Pro Tennis Racquet – 27 Inch Performance Adult Racket – 4 3/8 Grip, Unstrung
Third place
WILSON Blade 98L 16×19 v6.0 Tennis Racquet
Babolat Pure Drive 2021 Tennis Racquet - 4 1/4"
HEAD Gravity Pro Tennis Racquet - 27 Inch Performance Adult Racket - 4 3/8 Grip, Unstrung
WILSON Blade 98L 16x19 v6.0 Tennis Racquet
Winner
Babolat Pure Drive 2021 Tennis Racquet – 4 1/4″
Babolat Pure Drive 2021 Tennis Racquet - 4 1/4"
Runner-up
HEAD Gravity Pro Tennis Racquet – 27 Inch Performance Adult Racket – 4 3/8 Grip, Unstrung
HEAD Gravity Pro Tennis Racquet - 27 Inch Performance Adult Racket - 4 3/8 Grip, Unstrung
Third place
WILSON Blade 98L 16×19 v6.0 Tennis Racquet
WILSON Blade 98L 16x19 v6.0 Tennis Racquet

If you need some extra answer on the most commonly asked questions about tennis rackets for women, please check that section down below.

1. Babolat Pure Drive 2022

Babolat Pure Drive 2022

Babolat is one of the best know brands out there, due to the likes of Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza and the Pure Drive has been one of the best selling rackets since the early 2000’s. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the racket has made it to this list too. The Pure Drive has become known for its versatility and performance, when it comes to speed and spin potential.

Although the Pure Drive is being updated almost every year with a new paint job, the core specs of this racket haven’t quite changed that much over the years. However, the latest paint jobs on this best selling Babolat model are a treat to the eye, at least in my modest opinion. Although it comes in a range of (sub)models, each with different total weights that could benefit your technique level, the most common sought after model is the Pure Drive with the total weight of 300 grams. That weight will surely not slow you down in any case, but will have enough mass to benefit your swing and depth of shots once you progress.

The head size is a standard 100 squared inches or 645 squared centimeters with a 16 x 19 string pattern; all of which are specs that fall into the all-round category of specs. Great for attacking players, as well as defending players who like to stay around the base line and are more into counter punching.

The updated version of the Pure Drive also features Cortex, that is believed to reduce the amount of vibration and shocks to the arm and body. It comes with a standar Syntec Pro grip, which is a great stock grip. However, as with all rackets, be sure to get it in the right grip size.

Things I like:

  • Great design and all round feel
  • Weight distribution making it ideal for spin groundstrokes
  • Availability of different weight models (Lite and Team models)

2. Head Gravity Pro

Head Gravity Pro

Another great contender for the top of this list, is this Head Gravity Pro racket, that was the weapon of choice of the just retired Ashley Barty. Known for her attacking (yet still controlling) type of play, the Head cuts through the air like a knife cuts trough butter. It is definitely a racket that accommodate the more advanced players, but can als help you develop a more solid technique along the way. The racket therefore requires more preparation, but also gives back more power and control.

This rackets weighs 11.1 ounces and comes with a 100 square inch head. The length is standard cut at 27 inches and comes with a 18×20 string pattern that matches the fans of control. The frame is made out of graphite, which still is a rock solid option.

Things I like:

  • Great box beam frame that gives you a more classic feel
  • Head light balance point of 315mm gives enough manoeuvrability to a hefty frame
  • Slick design and color palette

3. Wilson Blade 98L

Wilson Blade 98L

No top list is complete without a version of the famous Wilson Blade series. Widely appraised since the introduction of the – now classic – [K] Blade series, this version of the 98 Blade is actually a bit lighter than the original. This allround players frame could benefit control oriented players as well as more attacking players, thanks to the 16×19 open spin pattern. Blending these two features, at the price point is being sold normally, makes this frame a true value-for-money racket.

Slightly lighter, coming in at just under 11 ounces strung this Blade 98L will move around a bit quicker than the other heavier Wilson Blade 98 models, but still leave you with enough mass to drive a good groundstroke. With it’s almost perfect even balance, you’ll also find it easy to strike some precise volleys at the net, enhancing your all round game.

Things I like:

  • Great box beam frame
  • Open string pattern of 16×19
  • Wilson brand quality and durability

4. Wilson Burn 100LS

Wilson Burn 100LS

Wilson has made some interesting product introductions over the last years with the Burn and Clash series being two of them. Although the Clash frame is an interesting addition to the complete Wilson range, I haven’t had a chance to playtest it yet. I have been playing with the Burn series and really like the all round playing characteristics of it. One could argue this was Wilson’s first move towards Babolat, trying to compete with their popular Pure Drive series.

However, the Burn has become a true frame on it’s own the last years, combining classic Wilson control features with the more spin oriented rounded frame that we know from other brands. When we take a look a the specs, this Burn 100LS is a slightly lighter addition to the series, coming in at 298 grams when the racket is already strung. It has a neutral balance point at 333mm. The 18×18 open string pattern really allows for some serious spin potential, while the higher stiffness rating of 71 RA give it a rock solid feel.

Things I like:

  • All round playing characteristics
  • Open string pattern of 18×16
  • Higher stiffness rating of 71 RA

5. Head Speed Team 2022

Head Speed Team 2022

Another big brand in the industry is of course Head, which is also know for it’s wide range of products in other sports, like padel and even skiing. Head has produced an immense line of products and rackets over the years and it is easy to get lost in the options, even when you’re already filtering in on selecting a Head tennis racket. The new addition to the Head Speed series, with it’s new Auxetic technology it raises stability on impact, while still being very maneuverable and averagely weighted at 285 grams.

Things I like:

  • Stability on impact
  • Low swing weight
  • Great overall quality and durabilty

6. Head Graphene 360 Radical MP

Head Graphene 360 Radical MP

The Radical has been a popular choice on the market ever since Andre Agassi first took it out of his bag on court, back in the 90’s. Have gone through a couple of updates during the years, the recent Head Graphene 360 edition of this famous line is still a rock solid choice for all rounders, looking to play forward with a lot of control.

The downside of playing with the Radical used to be it’s higher stiffness rating but for this edition Head have increased the total weight of the racket a bit, while lowering the stiffness rating of the racket, adding a bit more forgiveness to the feel of the racket. Although this racket has a 98 squared inch or 645 squared centimeter head size (as opposed to the industry standard of 100 squared inches or 645 squared centimeter), it’s open spin pattern of 16×19 still give it a lot of spin potential.

Things I like:

  • Versatility of the frame; a true all round classic
  • Lower stiffness rating
  • Solid feel on ball impact

7. Yonex Ezone 98L

Yonex Ezone 98L

Yonex is of course widely known for it’s brand name within the badminton sport. However, not many beginners actually know that Yonex is also one of the greats when it comes to tennis rackets. It’s manufacturing proces for producing top of the line models is even considered as being the best in the industry. Nevertheless were Yonex models considered to being suited more towards top players, and not so much beginner or intermediate players.

This has changed with the introduction of the Ezone series and the Yonex Ezone 98L is a great example of this. It’s typical isometric head shape offers a slightly bigger sweet spot for the same head size, which allows beginners to play with a more forgiving racket, while stil having the racket specs of a true allround and intermediate players frame. It comes at an average total weight of 285 grams and has a neutral balance at 330mm. It’s Vibration Dampening Mesh is added to the handle to reduce the amount of vibrations moving through the frame, resulting in less stress on the wrist and arm.

Things I like:

  • Isometric head shape for bigger sweet spot
  • All round specs to benefit the majority of players
  • Vibration Dampening Mesh

8. Head Graphene 360 Extreme S

Head Graphene 360 S

The Extreme used to be a specialist racket, but has developed into a more main stream model over the course of the years. The weapon of choice of one handed backhanders like Richard Gasquet and Ivan Ljubicic, it was a clearly spin oriented frame for players who like the bigger head size. However, the racket series has expanded into a couple of unique flavours, where the Extreme S is a lighter weight option for players who are looking to hit big but don’t want to swing around as much weight.

One of the most striking features of this Graphene 360 Extreme S is of course it’s over sized top, featuring 677 squared centimeters, allowing for more off center shots, whilst still keeping the ball in play. Combined with it’s 16×19 open, spin pattern and it’s lighter total weight of 275 grams, it can be a good option for the more serious beginners, looking to make a lot of hours on court when they start out.

By shifting the balance point up towards 34 centimeters, the racket still can swing away enough at your opponent’s groundstrokes. However, when you get better you might want to start to add some lead tape or move towards a heavier, more control oriented frame.

Things I like:

  • Bigger head size makes it quite forgiving
  • Light weight frame makes it more suitable for beginners
  • Relativley flexible frame at 63 RA

9. Wilson Clash 100L

Wilson Clash 100L

If you are looking for a sturdy, but lightweight option to hit with power and comfort, definitely give this newly updated V2 version of the Wilson Clash 100L a try. Featured with Wilson’s uniquely patented FORTYFIVE carbon construction, this is one of the most flexible but powerful frames on the market. Weighing an average 280 grams, this racket will suit all kinds of levels of play and training. If you are looking for a racket that minimizes the risk of shoulder injury, this could be your next pick.

Things I like:

  • True flexible frame at 55 RA
  • Light weight frame makes it more suitable for beginners and intermediate players
  • Combination of RA and weight makes it forgivable for the shoulder and arm

10. Yonex Vcore 100L

Yonex Vcore 100 L

Just one touch lighter than it’s big brother, the Vcore 100, this 100L can be more forgiving for beginners and intermediate players, looking for a racket that can carry them easily through a 3rd-set tie break (without the sore arms and lost match points). The 280 grams of unstrung weight just allow for more manouvrability, which makes it a great choice for juniors too, looking to switch from 26 inchs frames to a more demanding 27 frame.

Things I like:

  • Color styling of the frame
  • The manufacturing quality of Yonex, one of the best brands on the market
  • The allround weight of 280 grams

Last update on 2022-12-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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