Women's Tennis : 5 Youngest French Open Champions in Open Era
#4 Chris Evert
American Chris Evert holds the record for the most Grand Slam final appearances with 31 appearances. In a trophy-laden career, she won 18 Grand Slam Singles titles including winning at least one in 13 consecutive years - an all-time record. Her singles winning percentage of 89.97% is the highest among both men and women. She is widely considered to be the most dominant clay court player in the Women's field with 7 French Open crowns and a clay-court win percentage of 94.55%. Evert won an impressive 157 Singles titles.
Post her retirement from professional tennis, she has had two stints as WTA President and presently works as a tennis analyst for ESPN. Evert won her first French Open crown in 1974 beating Olga Morozova in the final. She was 19 years, 176 days old at the time.
#3 Steffi Graf
One of the tennis' greatest ambassadors, Steffi Graf is the only tennis professional to win the Golden Slam - All 4 Grand Slams and the Olympics Gold in the same year. A precocious talent, Graf grabbed the tennis' world's attention in the late 1980s with her aggressive blend of tennis and charm both on and off the court. Ranked Number 1 in the WTA ranking charts for a record 377 weeks, Graf won 22 Grand Slam titles and is the only player to win at least 4 Grand Slam titles in each of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments.
Graf's first French Open title was also her first ever Grand Slam triumph and it came at the 1987 French Open where she beat Martina Navratilova in a gripping 3-set contest. She was 17 years, 357 days old at the time.
Published 13 Nov 2018, 17:44 IST