5 Women With The Most Tennis Grand Slam Wins

Tennis

STARNBERG, November 8, 2022 (Guest Post)

Tennis is one of the longest-running sports out there, with the first mentions dating back to the 12th century. It’s also a very established sport with an immense viewership that plays a huge role in tennis odds.

Winning the Grand Slam and lifting a trophy is the pinnacle of every tennis player’s career. The insane two-week-long battle for the top brings out the best in every player as they fight tooth and nail to achieve their coveted prize.

Many players have crumbled under the pressure. Yet there are a few female tennis players that have not only exceeded expectations but have made a mark in the tennis history books forever.

Here are the 5 women that have dominated tennis in terms of Grand Slam wins.

Margaret Court – 24

If you’re a casual tennis fan, this might not be a name you’re familiar with. However, Margaret Court leads the pack in terms of Grand Slam wins! 

In fact, Court is one of only three players in the history of the sport to have achieved the “Grand Slam Box Set,” comprised of every Grand Slam Seniors tournament.

Margaret Court has a total of 24 Grand Slams, 21 mixed double, and 19 women’s doubles titles to her name after dominating women’s tennis during the 1960s. This includes eleven victories in the Australian Open, five in the French Open, three at Wimbledon, and five in the US Open.

She also excelled throughout the Open Era and won all four Grand Slams at the time. She also secured 11 Majors since 1969. 

As of writing, her record is yet to be surpassed.

Serena Williams – 23

Arguably the best (and most dominant) female tennis player in the history of the sport, Serena Williams has achieved the highest number of Grand Slam Open Era singles titles with a whopping total of 23. 

Williams won her first Grand Slam title in the 1999 US Open and has continued to dominate the sport since. Her impressive tennis tally includes an all-time record of seven victories at the Australian Open, three French Open titles, seven titles at Wimbledon, and six triumphs at the US Open.

She moved ahead of Steffi Graf by claiming victory in the 2017 Australian Open. Yet, since this time, she has fallen agonizingly short of equalling or surpassing Court’s record for the most Grand Slams in history.

Serena Williams has the skill to beat Court’s record before she retires but, due to a range of fitness, injury, and age-related issues, that is yet to be seen.

Steffi Graf – 22

With a total of 22 Grand Slam victories and a sense of grace and charm on the court, Steffi Graf was considered the greatest player of her generation throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

During her career, Graf triumphed at the Australian Open on four separate occasions and is a six-time French Open winner. She also won the US Open five times and claimed victory seven times in Wimbledon.

Graf experienced an illustrious career-high year in 1988. Here, she won an Olympic Gold medal in addition to the four Majors, completing the “Golden Slam” – and remains the only tennis player (male or female) to hit this major milestone. 

According to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Graf ranked number 1 in singles for a record-breaking 377 weeks. Today, Graf remains the only player to have won all four of the Majors at least four times!

Helen Wills – 19

American tennis player Helen Wills was the main face of tennis after rising to prominence during the 1920s and 1930s. She had a powerful stroke and easily wore her opponents down; an approach that helped her emerge victorious on many occasions.

Her impressive career tally includes 19 Grand Slam singles, an impressive feat considering she never competed in the Australian Open championships, four wins at the French Open, eight at Wimbledon, and seven at the US Open.

Wills also won Gold in singles and doubles at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.

Wills’ first win occurred in 1923 when she was just 17 years old, and her final win took place in the year that she retired (1938). 

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova – 18

Our final additions to this list include a tie for 18 wins apiece between Czech-American player Martina Navratilova and American Chris Evert.

Navratilova and Evert were close friends off the court but fierce rivals on it. They played doubles together and achieved an impressive total of 18 Grand Slam singles titles each.

Navratilova is famed for having won the most titles of any male or female tennis player at Wimbledon (nine), three at the Australian Open, two at the French Open, and four at the US Open. 

Similarly, Evert has won the French Open a record-breaking seven times, two titles at the Australian Open, three at Wimbledon, and six at the US Open.

Summary

Tennis is one of the most competitive sports out there with lots of impressive talent circulating through the sport. This means it takes something special to stand out from the crowd, and these 5 female tennis players have accomplished just that!