Grand slam is the biggest parameter for judging the skills of any tennis player. It is regarded as one of the biggest sporting event in the world. The Grand Slam comprises of four tournaments – Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon Open. The Grand Slam involves the most ranking points for any player, along with the biggest monetary prize and the most media and public attention. Throughout its history, we have seen a number of great players, who have went on to become sport legends In one of our earlier article we already covered Grand Slam’s 10 Most Successful male Players of All Time. Today, let us take a look at 10 female players who have won the most number of Grand Slam titles. So, here’s presenting Grand Slam’s 10 most successful female players of all time.
10. Suzanne Lenglen (8 Titles)
Starting the list at number 10 is French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen. She has six French Open titles (1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923 and 1925); and two French Open titles (1925 and 1926) to her credit. Besides, she also won 8 women’s doubles title and five mixed doubles title throughout her career. She even won 3 medals at the 1920 Olympics, including two golds and 1 silver. She won the gold in singles and mixed doubles category and she won the silver in women’s doubles category.
9. Monica Seles (9 Titles)
At number 9 comes Hungarian-Yugoslav-American Monica Seles. She has won the French Open thrice (1990, 1991 and 1992); the Australian Open four times (1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996); and the US Open twice (1991 and 1992). She also has won the Bronze medal in the singles category at the 2000 Olympics. WTA (Women Tennis Association) ranked her number 1 for a total of 178 weeks and has named her number one on its Year-end ranking list thrice, in the year 1991, 1992 and 1995 (she shared the 1995 number one spot with another woman). In 1993, she was stabbed with a knife by a spectator, a die-hard Steffi Graf fan. Monica’s success and win over Steffi was ruled out as the reason behind the attack, although political connotations regarding Monica being from Yugoslavia was also held as reason by many. She didn’t return to professional tennis for the next two years. But she didn’t give up and returned as a heroine and a champion.
8. Maureen Connolly Brinker (9 Titles)
Next up at number 8 is American tennis player Maureen Connolly Brinker. Although she and Monica won same number of titles, what gives her edge over Monica is the fact that she won all 4 tournaments, unlike Monica, who won 3 out of the 4 tournaments. She won the US Open thrice consecutively (1951, 1952 and 1953); the Wimbledon Open thrice consecutively (1952, 1953 and 1954); the Australian Open once (1953); and the French Open twice consecutively (1953 and 1954). In 1953, she became the first woman and the third person overall to complete career Grand Slam (winning all 4 tournaments throughout a career). She is one of 10 woman to do so. The same year she became the first woman and the second person overall to complete a calendar Grand Slam (winning all 4 tournaments in a single year). She is one of three woman to do so. Besides, she also has two Woman’s doubles and one mixed doubles category to her credit. Her career ended when an accident stopped her from pursuing professional tennis at the age of 19 in 1954. Just think, how many more titles she could have won otherwise!
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7. Billie Jean King (12 Titles)
The 7th spot on our list of Grand Slam’s 10 most successful female players of all time goes to another American tennis player Billie Jean King. She has won Wimbledon Open six times (1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973 and 1975); US Open four times (1967, 1971, 1972 and 1974); Australian Open once (1968); and French Open once (1972). Besides, she also has 16 women’s doubles and 11 mixed doubles titles to her credit.
6. Martina Navratilova (18 Titles)
At number 6 is Czech-American tennis player Martina Navratilova. She holds the record of the most number of Wimbledon wins in the singles category by any player. She won it nine times (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990). She also won the Australian Open thrice (1982, 1983 and 1985); the French Open twice (1982 and 1984); and the US Open four times (1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987). She has won 31 Women’s double title, the most win by any player in any major category (singles, double and mixed doubles). Besides, she has also won 10 mixed doubles titles. She has spent a total of 332 weeks at the number spot on WTA ranking. WTA ranked her as the number one player 7 times in its Year-end list in the year 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986. In 1983, she became the seventh woman in history to complete her career Grand Slam.
5. Chris Evert (18 Titles)
Breaking into top 5 is yet another American tennis player Chris Evert. With 18 titles, she has more titles than Roger Federer (17 titles), the man who has most number of Grand Slam singles titles. Although she and Martina won same number of titles, but Evert is ranked higher because she has finished as runner-up 16 times, as opposed to Martina, who finished as runner-up 14 times. Evert holds the record for the most number of French Open titles won by a woman, with 9 titles to her credit (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986). She has won Wimbledon Open thrice (1974, 1976 and 1981); US Open six times (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980 and 1982); and Australian Open twice (1982 and 1984). In 1982, she became the sixth woman to complete her career Grand Slam. She also has three Women’s doubles titles to her credit. She also holds the distinction of being the first person to be ranked number one, when WTA started ranking players, way back in 1975. She has spent a total of 260 weeks as number one. Evert also has the distinction of being the first person to be ranked number one in WTA’s Year-end ranking list. She was ranked number one on five of WTA’s Year-end ranking list (1975, 1976, 1977, 1980 and 1981).
4. Helena Wills Moody (19 Titles)
Number 4 on our list of Grand Slam’s 10 most successful female players of all time is American tennis player Helena Wills Moody. She won The US Open seven times 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931); the Wimbledon Open eight times (1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938); and the French Open four times (1928, 1929, 1930, 1932). She also has 9 women’s doubles and 3 mixed doubles titles to her credit. . She won two gold medal at the 1924 Olympics – one for the singles category and the other for the women’s doubles category
3. Serena Williams (21 Titles)strong>
Next up at number 3 is American tennis player Serena Williams, making the Americans most successful on this list by appearing seven out of the ten times (of the seven players, two players also hold citizenship of one or more different countries). Serena has 13 Women’s double titles to her credit, all of which she won with her sister, Venus Williams. She also has 2 mixed doubles titles to her credit. She won three gold medal at the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Olympics in the Women’s doubles category; and another gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in the singles category. She won the US Open Six times (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014); the Wimbledon Open six times (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015); the French thrice (2002, 2013 and 2015); and the Australian Open six times (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015). In 2003, she became the ninth woman to complete her career Grand Slam. She has spent 260 weeks (still running) in the WTA rankings. Besides, she was ranked number one on its Year-end list five times, in 2002, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
2. Steffi Graf (22 Titles)
Number 2 on our list of Grand Slam’s 10 most successful female players of all time is German tennis player Steffi Graf. She won the French Open six times (1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999); the Australian Open four times (1988, 1989, 1990 and 1994); the Wimbledon Open seven times (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996); and the US Open five times (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996). She has also won a women’s doubles title. She has spent a total of 377 weeks in the number one spot in WTA’s ranking, a record which stands for both men and women. She also holds the record for being ranked at number one on WTA’s Year-end ranking list for the maximum number of times – 8 (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996). The 1995 rank she shared with another player. She won the gold medal (singles) and bronze medal (women’s doubles) at the 1988 Olympics and silver (singles) at the 1992 Olympics. In 1988, she became not only the eighth woman to complete her career Grand Slam, but also became the fifth person and third woman and the latest person to achieve a Calendar Grand slam. Not only that, by winning the Olympic Gold medal in the singles category, she became the first and so far the only person in history to complete a golden Grand Slam (winning 4 tournaments in a single year and the gold medal in the Olympics the same year). NO human has ever been able repeat that feat.
1.Margaret Court (24 Titles)
Number 1 on our list of Grand Slam’s 10 most successful female players of all time is Australian tennis player Margaret Court with 22 titles to her credit. She has the Australian Open more than any man or woman in the world – 11 times (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 194, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1973). This also makes her the person with the most wins at the singles category of any tournament. She won the French Open five times (1962, 1964, 1969, 1970 and 1973); the US Open five times (1962, 1965, 1969, 1970 and 1973); and the Wimbledon Open thrice (1963, 1965 and 1970). In 1963, she became the fourth woman to complete her career Grand Slam. Seven years later, in 1970, she became the second woman and fourth person overall to achieve a calendar Grand Slam. She holds the record of winning the most number of mixed doubles titles, with 21 titles to her credit. She also won 19 Women’s doubles titles. This tennis star’s record is undoubtedly the one of the hardest to beat in the tennis world.