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Women's Tennis : 5 Youngest French Open Champions in Open Era

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#4 Chris Evert

Chris Evert at the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore
Chris Evert at the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore

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

Steffi Graf
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
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