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Overall tennis records – Women's Singles

Overall Tennis Records – Women's Singles covers the period 1884 to present.

Before the beginning of the Open era in April 1968, only amateurs were allowed to compete in established tennis tournaments, including the four Grand Slams. Wimbledon, the oldest of the Majors, was founded in 1877, followed by the US Open in 1881, the French Open in 1891, and the Australian Open in 1905. Beginning in 1905 and continuing to the present day, all four majors have been played yearly, with the exception of the two World Wars and 1986 for the Australian Open. The Australian Open is the 1st Major of the year (January), followed by the French Open (May–June), Wimbledon (June–July), and US Open (August–September). There was no prize money and players were compensated for travel expenses only. A player who wins all four current major tournaments, as a single or as part of a doubles team, in the same calendar year is said to have achieved the "Grand Slam". If the player wins all four consecutively, but not in the same calendar year, it is called a "Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam". Winning all four at some point in a career, even if not consecutively, is referred to as a "Career Grand Slam". Winning the four Majors and a gold medal in tennis at the Summer Olympics has been called a "Golden Slam" since 1988.[1] Winning all four plus gold at some point in a career, even if not consecutively, is referred to as a "Career Golden Slam". Winning the Year-End Championship also having won a Gonden Slam is referred to as a "Super Slam".[2][3][4] Winning the four Majors in all three disciplines a player is eligible for – singles, doubles, and mixed doubles – is considered winning a "boxed set" of Grand Slam titles. The current Grand Slams are the four most prestigious tournaments in the world held every year, they are distinguished by participation from almost every top player and by their two-week duration, 128-player draw in women's singles. It's extremely rare for a player to win all four events, "the Grand Slam," in one calendar year. This was only achieved three times since 1888 by Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf , the latter of whom stands alone in winning the Golden Slam.

These are some of the important records since the start of women's tennis in 1884.

Most statistics are based on the data at the WTA Tour and International Tennis Federation, the official websites of each respective Grand Slam tournament and published sources though this is no a definitive list due to the time period's involved.

Active streaks and active players are in boldface.

Contents

  • Grand Slam tournament records 1
    • Grand Slam Singles totals 1.1
    • Grand Slam tournament streaks 1.2
    • Grand Slam percentages 1.3
    • Grand Slam career achievements 1.4
      • Grand Slam, Golden Slam and Super Slam 1.4.1
      • Winning tournament without losing a set 1.4.2
      • Players who reached all four major finals 1.4.3
      • Individual Major tournaments 1.4.4
      • Season streaks 1.4.5
      • Title leaders by decade 1.4.6
    • Calendar year achievements 1.5
      • Consecutive Majors 1.5.1
      • Non-consecutive Majors 1.5.2
      • Best single season 1.5.3
  • Career all tournament records 2
  • Olympic records since (1900) 3
  • Ranking records (since 1883) 4
  • WTA Prize money leaders 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Grand Slam tournament records

Grand Slam Singles totals

Grand Slam tournament streaks

  • (3) Denotes multiple streaks

active streaks in boldface

Grand Slam percentages

  • Notes: Not all sources agree with two of Wills' losses. She did not play the matches because of appendicitis, and did not appear at the 1926 Wimbledon Championships, the tournaments gave her defaults instead of the typical walkovers (which do not count as wins or losses). It is unknown why the tournaments chose to default, taking these facts into consideration her adjusted win percentage would be 123–3 = 97.61%.

Grand Slam career achievements

Grand Slam, Golden Slam and Super Slam

Winning tournament without losing a set

  • Minimum 2
# Player Majors
14 Helen Wills Moody 1927 WM, 1927 US, 1928 FR, 1928 WM, 1928 US, 1929 FR, 1929 WM, 1929 US, 1930 FR, 1930 WM, 1931 US, 1932 FR, 1932 WM, 1938 WM
6 Martina Navratilova 1983 WM, 1983 US, 1984 WM, 1986 WM, 1987 US, 1990 WM
5 Suzanne Lenglen 1922 WM, 1923 WM, 1925 FR, 1925 WM, 1926 FR
Maureen Connolly 1953 AU, 1953 WM, 1953 US, 1957 FR, 1957 WM
Margaret Court 1961 AU, 1962 AU, 1963 AU, 1965 WM, 1966 AU
Steffi Graf 1988 AU, 1988 FR, 1989 AU, 1994 AU, 1996 US
Serena Williams 2002 WM, 2002 US, 2008 US, 2010 WM, 2014 US
4 Nancye Wynne Bolton 1946 AU, 1947 AU, 1948 AU, 1951 AU
Evonne Goolagong 1971 FR, 1975 AU, 1976 AU, 1977 AU
3 Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling 1935 FR, 1936 AU, 1937 FR
Billie Jean King 1971 US, 1972 FR, 1972 US
Lindsay Davenport 1998 US, 1999 WM, 2000 AU
Justine Henin 2006 FR, 2007 FR, 2007 US
2 Doris Hart 1951 WM, 1952 FR
Chris Evert 1974 FR, 1981 WM
Martina Hingis 1997 AU, 1997 US
Venus Williams 2001 US, 2008 WM

Players who reached all four major finals

Player Year
1 Doris Hart 1949
2 Maureen Connolly 1953
3 Shirley Fry Irvin 1957
4 Margaret Court 1963
5 Billie Jean King 1972
6 Evonne Goolagong Cawley 1973
7 Chris Evert 1975
8 Martina Navratilova 1981
9 Hana Mandlíková 1981
10 Steffi Graf 1988
11 / Monica Seles 1992
12 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 1995
13 Martina Hingis 1997
14 Venus Williams 2003
15 Serena Williams 2003
16 Justine Henin 2004
17 Maria Sharapova 2012

Individual Major tournaments

Titles per event

  • Minimum 3 titles

Consecutive titles per event

  • The French Open was only a Grand Slam event from 1925 onwards
  • Wimbledon (10) other women have won at least 2 consecutive titles since 1884
  • (3) Denotes multiple times

Bold: Active players

Finals per event

Bold: Active players

Match wins per event

Match win streaks per event

Winning percentages per event

  • both losses were actually "default", Suzanne Lenglen's adjusted win percentage would be 100%.

Winning percentage's by court type

Season streaks

Title leaders by decade

minimum 2 titles

Calendar year achievements

Golden Grand Slam * Event of completion
Steffi Graf 1988 Olympics
* The Grand Slam + Olympic Gold

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Four Majors

Three Majors

Consecutive Majors

Four

Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open Year
Maureen Connolly Maureen Connolly Maureen Connolly Maureen Connolly 1953
Margaret Court Margaret Court Margaret Court Margaret Court 1970
Steffi Graf Steffi Graf Steffi Graf Steffi Graf 1988
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