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Women’s Tennis Most Grand Slam Titles In Open Era


List of Women’s tennis most Grand Slam tournament singles titles in the Open Era.

Tennis is one of the sports that sends thrills and chills to fans’ spines around the world.

This highly renowned game has been graced with highly talented individuals from the men and women’s outfits whose names are famous as ABC.

In terms of women’s tennis players, some unique mouth-watering records have been set in this category, including those on Grand Slams, which is arguably the most important.

This article has considered the Women’s tennis most Grand Slam tournament singles titles in the Open Era, from 7 wins or more, as of 2021.

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Open Era Women’s Tennis Most Grand Slam Singles Titles

8. Venus Williams

Grand Slams Won: 7 (Tied)

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While she may not have enjoyed as much success as her sister in tennis, Venus is undoubtedly one of the best female tennis players ever.

Trained by her Father alongside Serena, Venus grew to become a force to reckon with.  

In 2001, she won both the US Open and Wimbledon, a feat she repeated in 2009.

Venus won the Wimbledon title while struggling with injuries in 2005.

In 2007 and 2008, she won her fourth and fifth Wimbledon consecutively and was ranked the fifth greatest women’s tennis player to have won the Wimbledon singles champion. 

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Venus last played after her 2017 Wimbledon loss and has a total of 7 Grand Slams.

8. Justine Henin

Grand Slams Won: 7 (Tied)

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Justine Henin, born in 1982, started having a liking for tennis due to her frequent visits to French Open alongside her mum. 

She saw Steffi Graf as her role model and eventually started taking classes in tennis after her mother’s death in 1992.

In 1996 Henin won the junior orange bowl International tennis championship and turned pro at 16 in 1999. 

She also won the US Open and her first Grand Slam on a clay surface in 2003. 

An elbow injury sustained in 2011 forced her into early retirement.

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Justine Henin won 7 Grand Slam titles and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2016.

8. Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Grand Slams Won: 7 (Tied)

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Evonne Goolagong’s tennis career became a possibility after a neighbor spotted out her talent to tennis proprietor Vic Edwards, who moved her to Sydney to learn proper tennis techniques.

Evonne won the Australian Open double championship and the French Open singles titles at the age of 19.

She also won the Wimbledon women’s singles championship in 1971 and became the year’s Australia player.

After giving birth, she became the first mother in 66 years to win Wimbledon in 1980.

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She also won 3 Fed Cups for Australia in 1971, 1973, and 1975. 

Evonne retired at the age of 32 with seven grand slams to her name.

She was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame and the International Tennis Hall of fame in 1985 and 1988, respectively.

7. Billie Jean King

Grand Slams Won: 8

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Billie jean king was born and raised in a family of athletes.

At age ten, she tried to start a career in softball playing.

Her parents, however, talked her out of it as they believed it wasn’t a lady sport. 

She decided to play tennis.

In 1961, she won the Wimbledon double championship alongside Karen Hantze Susman, making them the youngest team to win the tournament. 

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King, in 1967, became the first woman since 1938 to win the British singles, the US single, doubles, and mixed doubles titles in one year.

King retired officially in 1983 with 8 Grand Slam and became the first woman professional sports commissioner.

In 1974 she became the coach of Philadelphia Freedom, making her the first woman to coach male athletes.

She was inducted into the women’s hall of fame and the International tennis hall of fame in 1980 and 1987, respectively.

6. Monica Seles

Grand Slams Won: 9

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Monica Seles began receiving lessons from her dad at the age of 5.

She later moved to the US with her elder brother in 1986 from Serbia and enrolled at the Nick Balletieri tennis academy. 

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In 1991 she started playing for American and became the youngest player to be ranked World No 1. 

She won seven Grand Slam titles between that year to 1993. 

In 1993, Monica, 19 at the time, went through a horrifying experience after she was stabbed by a crazed fan in a tournament in Germany. 

This incident took her out from playing for two years; she had to be rehabilitated and after recovery from the post-traumatic disorder. 

She experienced another loss when her father died in 1998 before sustaining a severe foot injury.

These setbacks forced Monica to retire in 2008 with 9 Grand Slam. 

She was inducted into the International tennis hall of fame in 2009.

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5. Margaret Court

Grand Slams Won: 11

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Margaret court, born in 1942, started her career at the age of 8 and won the French and US open two years later, making her the first Australian to win the Grand Slam title.

In 1963 Margaret continued her dominance by winning 4 Grand Slam titles that included singles and became the only tennis player to achieve this feat. 

In 1967, Magaret retired from tennis after her marriage to Barrymore Court but later returned to win the US Open mixed doubles in 1969 and again won the Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open, and the Australia Open 1970. 

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The wins made her the second woman in history to achieve such a feat. 

After giving birth to her first child, she still won the US Open in 1973 and 1976.

Magaret retired from tennis with 11 Grand Slam titles and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of fame in 1979.

3. Chris Evert

Grand Slams Won: 18 (Tied)

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Chris Evert is the daughter of American player and coach Jimmy Evert. 

Trained and coached by her Dad, Evert soon became an impeccable tennis player.

By 1971, she became the youngest player to reach the semi-finals of the US championship at the age of 15.

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She won her first tournament two years later before graduating from high school. 

Evert, in her peak, won the US Open consistently for four years, ranging from 1975–1978, and became the second woman to achieve such feat after Helen hull Jacobs. 

Chris Evert recorded a total of 18 Grand Slams before she retired In 1989.

Following her retirement, Evert became a television commentator and was made the Women’s Tennis Association president in 1982.

She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.

3. Martina Navratilova

Grand Slams Won: (18 Tied)

Czech-born Martina Navratilova began her career at the age of seven, with her step Dad Mirek Navratil as her coach.  

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A left-handed player, she started taking lessons from renowned tennis champion George Parma at nine. 

In 1973 she won the Czech national championship at the age of 15 and subsequently began competing in the United States. 

In 1975 she chose to represent America at the US open over her home country under the control of the Soviet Union. 

Her decision brought her under the spotlight and drew global recognition. 

She used this opportunity positively by winning her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon three years later to mark the beginning of a Gland Slam-laden career. 

In 1979 she became the word No. 1 women’s tennis player after winning both Wimbledon and the women’s singles and doubles. 

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She followed up her 1979 success by winning six Grand Slam women’s singles titles in 1983. 

Martina Navratilova has a total of 18 Grand Slams.

She continued her success until 2006 when she announced her retirement to draw the curtain on an illustrious career with 167 titles.

2. Steffi Graf

Grand Slams Won: 22

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Steffi Graf is one of the best female tennis players in the women category and enjoyed a fantastic career laden with wins. 

Coached by her dad, Steffi started professional tennis in 1982 at the very young age of thirteen, making her the second-youngest player in the world to earn an international ranking.

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Steffi won her first Grand Slam in 1987 at the French Open and in the following year won four Grand Slam tournaments (the US Open, the Wimbledon, the French Open, and the Australia Open). 

The wins made her the third woman in the world to win all four titles. 

In 1987 she won the French Open and was ranked No. 1 in women’s tennis. 

In 1999, Graf started struggling with injuries and lost the Wimbledon title. 

Steffi Graf has a total of 22 Grand Slam titles by the time she retired at the age of 30.

She was later inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.

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1. Serena Williams

Grand Slams Won: 23

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Serena Williams is considered by many as the greatest female tennis player of all time and one of the greatest for both men’s and women’s categories.

She was taught to play tennis by her Dad, Richard William, and had her first professional debut at 14. 

Serena is the younger sister of Venus Williams and the duo to win a Grand Slam title in the US Open in 1999.

She is generally rated higher than her sister.

She has gotten the better of her on every final they had done toe to toe; remarkably, in the 3 Grand Slam tournaments finals in 2002 (the French Open, the US Open, and Wimbledon). 

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Serena Williams has a total of 23 grand slams, with the latest coming at the Australia Open in 2017, beating her sister to break Steffi Graf’s Grand Slam record. 

After having her daughter in 2018, she reached the finals in the US and Wimbledon but lost.

To Wrap Up

Listed above are the Women’s tennis most Grand Slam tournament singles titles in the current era of professional tennis known as the Open Era.

As you may already know, the Grand Slam is the biggest prize in tennis.

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