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Top 5 Women's Grand Slam Winners

Updated on July 12, 2015

Tennis originates in the United Kingdom, being firstly played in Birmingham, England, in 1859. It has since then grew ever larger having a strong professional industry being at the same time played recreationally by millions of people.

The first ever Grand Slam tournament was the Wimbledon and it started in 1884, being followed in 1887 by the US Open. The French Open was initiated in 1897, while the youngest of the four major tournaments is the Australian Open which was created in 1922.

Chris Evert.
Chris Evert. | Source

5. Chris Evert - 18 titles

Chris Evert is an American female tennis player that played as a pro from 1972 until 1989 and holds the record for best career winning percentage (89.96%) in the history of the Open Era. This record holds for both men and women.

Evert holds the record for most French Open titles won (7) and also for the US Open (6, tied with Serena Williams).

In 1995 she was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame, serving in the past as the president of The Women's Tennis Association for a total of 11 years.

Australian Open
French Open
US Open
1982, 1984
1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986
1974, 1976, 1981
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982
Helen Wills.
Helen Wills. | Source

4. Helen Wills - 19 titles

Helen Wills, the third American on this list is considered "the first American born woman to achieve international celebrity as an athlete.".

She has won a total of 31 Grand slam titles, including doubles, and except two tournaments in which she retired she has reached all the Grand Slam finals of the tournaments she played. She has never played in the Australian Open.

Because of her calm presence and unchanging facial expression during matches she has been nicknamed "Little Miss Poker Face".

In an interview from 1994 for Tennis Insider confessed that the reason for her retirement from professional tennis was a dog bite next to her thumb, as this finger is very important in handling the racket.

Australian Open
French Open
US Open
1928, 1929, 1930, 1932
1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938
1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931
Serena Williams.
Serena Williams. | Source

3. Serena Williams - 21 titles

The 33 years old American, turned pro in 1995, is one of the most acclaimed female athletes of the last couple of decades. She has won 65 WTA titles and managed to be ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles.

Besides her 21 single Grand Slam titles she managed to win other 13 titles in doubles together with her sister, Venus Williams.

Williams holds the oldest No. 1 in history, finishing as year end No. 1 six times and is the only female player in history to win more than 65 mil. USD in prize money. She is also the most recent female tennis player to hold all four Grand Slam titles in both singles and doubles.

With no retirement thoughts in sight there is for sure more to be seen from this amazing player!

Australian Open
French Open
US Open
2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015
2002, 2013, 2015
2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
Steffi Graf.
Steffi Graf. | Source

2. Steffi Graf - 22 titles

Steffi Graf is considered by many the greatest female tennis player in history. The German played as a professional between 1982 and 1999, and was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.

She is the only tennis player in history to have achieved a Calendar Year Golden Slam ( winning all for Grand Slams and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year).

Graf has won a total of 107 singles titles and holds the all-time record for most weeks as No.1 for a total of 377. She is also the only player to have won each of the Majors on at least 4 occasions.

Australian Open
French Open
US Open
1988, 1989, 1990, 1994
1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996
1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996
Margaret Court.
Margaret Court. | Source

1. Margaret Court - 24 titles

Margaret Court is of Australian origin and played as a professional between 1960 and 1970. She is the first female tennis player to complete the Grand Slam in the Open Era, followed only by Steffi Graf.

Adding her singles, doubles and doubles-mixed titles she achieved and incredible 64 majors overall and is the only woman to win the doubles-mixed Grand Slam.

Court also holds the Open Era record of 91.68% winning percentage, scoring above 85.00% in all of the major tournaments. She won a total of 192 titles, 101 of which are in the Open Era.

Australian Open
French Open
US Open
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973
1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973
1963, 1965, 1970
1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973

Special mentions:

  • Billie Jean King - 12 titles
  • Monica Seles - 9 titles
  • Justine Henin - 7 titles
  • Venus Williams - 7 titles
  • Maria Sharapova - 5 titles (probably more to come)

Legendary women tennis players seem to have imposed themselves in major tournaments more strongly than men. But who do you think is the all time greatest female tennis player?

Who do you think is the best female tennis player in history?

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The upcoming Australian Open seems to be very interesting this year, so who do you think will list the trophy this time?

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