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Women's tennis: 5 oldest French Open winners in Open Era

Arjun
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#4 Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf

One of the greatest tennis players of all-time, Steffi Graf was a prodigy winning titles whilst still being a teenager. In fact, her first French Open title came in the year 1987 when she was just days short of her 18th birthday. Incidentally, her last Grand Slam title also came in Paris 12 years later in 1999.

Between this period, Graf had amassed 21 Grand Slam titles and 5 French Open titles. After her 5th win in 1996, Graf was unsuccessful in her next two attempts. 1999 was the last year of her professional tennis career.

Seeded 6th in the tournament, Graf had to beat the World Number 2 Lindsay Davenport in the quarterfinals, and World Number 3 Monica Seles in the semi-finals to make the finals.

In the finals, she was up against 18-year-old and World Number 1 Martina Hingis, who was looking to complete a Career Slam. But Graf had other ideas as she won the contest in 3 sets. Graf was 29 years, 356 days old at the time of her last ever Grand Slam win.

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