Tennis records of the Open Era – Women's Singles

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Tennis records of the Open Era – Women's Singles

  • The Open Era in tennis began in April 1968, when the Grand Slam tournaments agreed to allow professional players to compete with amateurs. A professional tennis tour was created for the entire year, where everyone could compete in. This meant that the division that had existed for many years between these two groups had finally come to an end, which made the tennis world into one unified competition.

The first event to go "open" started on April 22, 1968 at The West Hants Club in Bournemouth, England,[1] while the first Grand Slam tournament to do so was the 1968 French Open (Roland Garros)[2] starting May 27. Records and titles from before this date are difficult collate with those since the Open Era began, many top players were banned from competing in Grand Slam tournaments prior to 1968.

For a complete list of all time women's tennis records (1877–present) see the article Overall tennis records – Women's Singles.

These are some of the important records since the start of the Open Era.

Most statistics are based on the data at the WTA Tour

Active streaks and active players are in boldface.

Contents

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Grand Slam totals[edit]

Grand Slam tournament streaks[edit]

active streaks in boldface

Grand Slam matches[edit]

Grand Slam match streaks[edit]

Career records per Grand Slam event[edit]

Titles per Grand Slam event[edit]

Bold: Active players

Finals per Grand Slam event[edit]

Bold: Active players

Runners-up per Grand Slam event[edit]

Bold: Active players

Match wins per Grand Slam event[edit]

Match winning per Grand Slam event[edit]

Winning percentage in Grand Slam tournaments per court type[edit]

Match wins in Grand Slam tournaments per court type[edit]

Career Grand Slam achievements[edit]

Career Grand Slam and Golden Slam[edit]

Winning a Grand Slam singles tournament without losing a set[edit]

# Player Majors
6 United States Martina Navratilova 1983 WM, 1983 USO, 1984 WM, 1986 WM, 1987 USO, 1990 WM
5 West Germany Steffi Graf 1988 AU, 1988 FR, 1989 AU, 1994 AU, 1996 US
United States Serena Williams 2002 WM, 2002 US, 2008 US, 2010 WM, 2014 US
3 Australia Margaret Court 1969 US, 1970 AU, 1973 AU
United StatesBillie Jean King 1971 USO, 1972 FR, 1972 US
United States Lindsay Davenport 1998 USO, 1999 WM, 2000 AU
Belgium Justine Henin 2006 FR, 2007 FR, 2007 US
2 United States Chris Evert 1974 FR, 1981 WM
Switzerland Martina Hingis 1997 AU, 1997 US
United States Venus Williams 2001 US, 2008 WM

Reached all Grand Slam singles finals in the Open Era[edit]

Calendar year Grand Slam achievements[edit]

Four Majors[edit]

Three Majors[edit]

Consecutive Majors[edit]

Four consecutive[edit]
Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open Year
AustraliaMargaret Court AustraliaMargaret Court Australia Margaret Court AustraliaMargaret Court 1970
West GermanySteffi Graf West GermanySteffi Graf West GermanySteffi Graf West GermanySteffi Graf 1988
Three consecutive[edit]
French Open Wimbledon US Open Year
United States Billie Jean King United States Billie Jean King United States Billie Jean King 1972
United States Martina Navratilova United States Martina Navratilova United States Martina Navratilova 1984
West Germany Steffi Graf West Germany Steffi Graf West Germany Steffi Graf 1993
West Germany Steffi Graf West Germany Steffi Graf West Germany Steffi Graf (2) 1995
West Germany Steffi Graf West Germany Steffi Graf West Germany Steffi Graf (3) 1996
United States Serena Williams United States Serena Williams United States Serena Williams 2002

Non-consecutive Majors[edit]

Three non-consecutive in a year[edit]

Grand Slam single season match winning[edit]

Match winning %* W–L Year
1. Australia Margaret Court 100 26–0 1970
West Germany Steffi Graf 100 27–0 1988
2. United States Serena Williams 100 21–0 2002
3. West Germany Steffi Graf 96.43 27–1 1989 (2)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 96.43 27–1 1992
Switzerland Martina Hingis 96.43 27–1 1997
6. West GermanySteffi Graf 96.29 26–1 1993 (3)
7. United States Martina Navratilova 96.15 25–1 1984
8. United States Martina Navratilova 95.83 23–1 1983 (2)
9. United States Martina Navratilova 95.23 20–1 1986 (3)
10. United States Chris Evert 92.85 24–2 1974
*minimum 20 wins

Grand Slam season streaks[edit]

Winners by decade from Open Era[edit]

minimum 2 titles

All tournaments[edit]

Singles titles and finals[edit]

Career tournament streaks[edit]

  • Active players in bold

Most titles / finals at a single tournament[edit]

Note: Carpet has not been used since 2009.

Titles per court type[edit]

Matches played / matches won[edit]

Career match streaks[edit]

Career match wins per court type[edit]

Winning percentage[edit]

  • Note that the figures below represent career winning percentages of players that are retired (regular font) as well as current active players (boldface). The latter are subject to change and do not reflect the final figure.

Career match win streaks per court type[edit]

Career season streaks[edit]

Pressure situations[edit]

Single season records[edit]

Year-End Championships[edit]

  • (1970–present)

WTA Premier/Tier One (since inception in 1988)[edit]

  • Overall totals include premier mandatory,premier five and tier one tournaments only.
  • Tier one events were played on 3 surfaces, (carpet) ceased as a surface in 1995.

Titles by court type[edit]

Match wins and winning %[edit]

Olympic tournaments[edit]

(1988–present)

Gold Medal Winners
Name Year
West Germany Steffi Graf 1988
United States Jennifer Capriati 1992
United States Lindsay Davenport 1996
United States Venus Williams 2000
Belgium Justine Henin 2004
Russia Elena Dementieva 2008
United States Serena Williams 2012

Rankings (since 1968)[edit]

WTA Prize money leaders[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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